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December 26, 2013

Unsung Heroes of the Christmas Tourney

Saluting the overachievers and the quiet leaders in the.

Contact Unsung Heroes writer Michael Muldoon at mmuldoon@eagletribune.com.

Reid Bryant

Andover High

Giving Back

Reid volunteers at the Lawrence Boys and Girls Club and spent eight days with his family helping in Haiti last summer.

The junior made varsity in basketball and baseball as a freshman but his career has been slowed by a dislocated kneecap suffered in the summer of 2012. It’s required two surgeries.

“I’m not going to give up,” he vowed.

Coach Dave Fazio said, “He has yet to miss a practice. He schedules physical therapy around practice. He’s helped us with everything from videography, stats, drills and game planning.”

His brother, Nate, was a two-sport Andover athlete. His father, well-known local referee Dan Bryant, and uncles, Bill and ex-UMass standout QB Tim Bryant, all were talented athletes at Lawrence High.

Anthony Crespo

Central Catholic

Mom Knows Best

Crespo was cut as a freshman but wouldn’t quit and made varsity last year.

“I love basketball so much,” he said. “It was heartbreaking. My mother (Grace Crespo) taught me to never quit.”

Coach Rick Nault said, “Not only is he the hardest working player on our team, but he will see regular time in the rotation because of his ability to defend multiple positions.”

The senior from Methuen works at New Hampshire Beach Pizza in Salem. He volunteers at the Lawrence Boys and Girls Club and is a fan of grape leaves, “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air”, Kanye West, LeBron James and Central guidance counselor Patricia Bell.

His sister, sophomore Meray Crespo, plays JV basketball for the Raider girls team.

Chen Chen

Lawrence High

Basketball Fanatic

Chen may be the most rabid NBA fan in the area. Even while earning top grades (ranked in top six percent of his class) and playing for the Lancers, he watches 5-7 NBA games a week.

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