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May 3, 2013

Saluting our area's Unsung Heroes

CHRIS DESJARDINS

Whittier Lacrosse

Fabulous Freshman

The freshman is the surprising Wildcats’ third leading scorer. He hit the ground running with five goals in his first three games. His top move, as the Commonwealth Conference is finding out the hard way, is a face dodge.

“He brings a lot of energy and positivity,” said Whittier coach Ryan Richards. “He’s a great kid. He’s very dedicated.”

The 5-6, 130-pounder from Haverhill is a running back/defensive back in football. His brothers, junior Brandon Desjardins and graduated Corey Walker, both played football for the Wildcats, too.

Desjardins is studying machine tech. His favorites include “Saving Private Ryan,” Tom Brady, Eminem and Ferraris.

In his free time you can find Desjardins hanging out by the fireplace playing Xbox.

ANDY MONTILLA

Central Catholic Baseball

Double Trouble

Montilla’s career highlight was ripping a bases-clearing double in his first varsity at-bat.

“It was like a blur. The next thing I know I was running!” he said.

“He comes to practice each day trying to better his skill set while setting an example of hard work for all our players,” said Raider coach Marc Pelletier.

Montilla is old school on and off the diamond. The senior from Methuen’s favorites include Wu Tang Clan, “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” and the 1979 movie “The Warriors.” His favorite teacher is math teacher Sully Grella and his favorite food is the steak and cheese calzone at Supreme Pizza.

The former wrestler ran indoor track this winter. In the fall he’ll be attending Curry College.

AMANDA MORIN

Presentation Track

Vast Improvement

The sophomore from Methuen was encouraged to compete this spring by her uncle, Tom Klein, who coaches at Winchester High.

Thankfully, she heeded his advice. Morin already is throwing the javelin 73 feet and also is a consistent scorer in the shot put.

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