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October 12, 2012

Unsung Heroes: Saluting local overachievers

Mikayla Guthrie

North Andover Soccer

What’s up, Doc?

Coach Bud McCarthy gave her the nickname “Doc” because her great-grandfather was the doctor who delivered the coach! Her grandfather and aunt also are doctors.

The sophomore, unfortunately, has seen too many doctors of late. But she’s returned from a bad back injury which sidelined her in the spring and is now starring for the Knights.

McCarthy said she knows just one speed: “all out.” That’s true in track, too. She helped the Knights’ indoor 4x200 relay team reach the New Englands.

Doc is from a soccer family. Her father, David, played at Winchester High and her grandfather, Alois Brommer of Bradford, played in Germany.

Guthrie, a homecoming volunteer, loves skiing and “NCIS” and her sports idols are Mia Hamm and Abby Wambach.

Kirstin Alfonso

Methuen Soccer

Midfield Menace

Coach Peter Kitsos said of Alfonso: “She is the hardest worker. She challenges for every ball. With her, we are very competitive in the middle of the field. Without her, we need to work extra hard to cover the spaces.”

Alfonso has been sidelined the last two weeks with a high ankle sprain but hopes to return soon.

The quad-captain, a four-year starter, lists as her career highlight helping Methuen make the state tourney her freshman year.

Alfonso, who spent her first eight years in Tampa, is ranked 10th academically in the senior class. The three-sport captain (soccer, indoor track, outdoor track) hopes to study kinesielogy at UConn or URI.

In her free time she enjoys hiking, watching “NCIS” and listening to country singer Luke Bryant.

Steven Wojciechowski

Greater Lawrence

Tech Cross Country

At Long Last

Reggie coaches knew “Wojo” was an athlete, but until this year the senior never did a school sport. He’s done karate (green belt) and mixed martial arts, a sport he continues to pursue.

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