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October 26, 2012

Saluting the Unsung Heroes in area sports

Saluting the overachievers, the quiet leaders and the often overlooked athletes in local high school sports.

Brian Whinery

PMA Cross Country

Always On The Go

Whinery is constantly on the go. He plans to play basketball this winter and he also enjoys soccer, karate, swimming, hiking, biking, skating, boogie boarding and snowboarding.

So why cross country?

“Mrs. Paula O’Dea, the principal of my previous school, thought I’d be good at it,” said Whinery, a graduate of St. Augustine’s in Andover.

Coach Brian Martin said, “Brian is a talented athlete, extremely coachable, and an even nicer young man. He only knows one way, and that’s to give 110 percent effort every time.”

Of course the freshman from Tewksbury is tough. His father is an Army Reservist and his mother is an Army veteran.

Whinery would like to become an engineer.

Coral Robinson

Greater Lawrence Tech Soccer

Perfect 10

Robinson, a senior defender from Methuen, is ranked 10th in a class of 310. She’s captain of the girls soccer team and the swim team. Sophomore year she played on the Greater Lawrence boys soccer team.

Robinson has been out the last few days with an unusual injury. After giving blood, she fainted and suffered a concussion.

Robinson loves to read. She estimates she reads about 40 books a year and particularly enjoys the author Ellen Hopkins. Coral also is a prolific writer including songs.

Robinson, a Reggie Leader and member of the National Honor Society, works at Canobie Lake.

Emily Mallard

Pelham Cross Country

Defies the Odds

Last Sunday, which was three years to the day after a bad hip injury (torn labrum) nearly ended her running career, Mallard ran a half-marathon.

“It’s amazing,” said Mallard, “Now I’m beating times I ran before the injury.”

Like her two older brothers Ben and Tim were, Emily is a year-round runner.

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