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December 19, 2013

Commonwealth Christmas Classic: Sicard wearing a different shade of blue

Seventh and final Sicard stars for Methuen not Lawrence

METHUEN — The Sicard family has a long, proud and prolific history with Lawrence High sports.

Michael (Class of 1996), Kristin (‘97), Sean (‘00), Kara (‘05), Mary (‘07) and Kelly (‘11) combined to win too many letters to count and often were team captains and among the best on their teams.

Former Lawrence softball coach Andy Reusch once said of their parents, Alan and Ellen Sicard, “They were the Booster Club. They’d do everything and anything you needed. ... They don’t make them like the Sicards any more!”

Thankfully, Alan and Ellen did “make” one more Sicard.

But Mark Sicard is a Methuen Ranger not a Lawrence Lancer.

“My family teases me all the time,” said Mark. “They always say I broke the tradition. That was in the back of my head.”

It wasn’t an easy decision.

“It was hard at first,” said Sicard, a graduate of Lawrence’s Guilmette Middle School. “All the friends and coaches (at Lawrence). I made the decision in the final seconds. Now I love Methuen. It was a really tough decision.”

He said he had the option because his mother is a secretary at Methuen High and the family also has property in Methuen.

The Rangers, who open up play Saturday in the Commonwealth Motors Christmas Classic, are thrilled to have him.

“He’s a competitive kid,” said first-year Methuen coach Anthony Faradie. “When the lights come on, he brings it to a different level.”

The 6-foot guard is multi-talented.

Faradie said, “He’s a tough kid. He’s able to do things off the dribble. He can shoot the ball. He’s a combo guard. He can run the point and play off the ball. We can put him in a multitude of positions.”

With all those athletes and coaches in the family, (Kelly and Mary are assistant field hockey and girls basketball coaches at Methuen), who jump started his career?

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