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December 26, 2013

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Topping his Christmas wish list is a pair of Nike Kobe 8 sneakers. The 5-9 junior point guard’s favorite player is Rajon Rondo.

Another ex-point guard, Lancer coach Raymond Nunez, calls Chen his favorite player.

Nunez said, “He embodies what Lawrence and Lawrence basketball are all about. He is a young man of character with an incredible work ethic.”

Chen plays No. 1 singles in tennis and is on the soccer team. He moved here from the town of Pubei in China five years ago. His career highlight was beating Central Catholic in a JV basketball game.

Andre Lopez

Methuen High

Lock-Down Defender

Coach Anthony Faradie said, “He’s a great kid who works extremely hard on the defensive end. He carried us against Whittier when we didn’t play well. He just locks down on defense.”

The 5-10, 180-pound sophomore also plays baseball for the Rangers. A fine student, his name can often be found on Methuen’s “highest honors” list.

His aunt and uncle, Eagle-Tribune All-Star gymnast Holly (MHS ‘00) and golfer Jon Desrochers (MHS ‘96), were standouts at Methuen and Springfield College.

His all-time favorite teacher was Jeanne Molloy at Timony Grammar School. For Christmas, the Russell Westbrook fan was hoping for some Jordan Gamma Blue 11s under the tree.

James Testa

North Andover High

Passing the Testa

The 6-2 senior forward is battling his way through a back injury which had him in a brace for four months. The stress fracture is better now and he’s seeing some playing time.

“It’s been a long recovery but his attitude, work ethic and commitment have never been in question,” said coach Paul Tanglis. “He is a great young man.”

James is a 5-8 high jumper in spring track. Testa’s father, Jim, did basketball and track for the Knights and his brother, sophomore David Testa, is a track athlete.

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