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January 1, 2014

Year End Awards: Vonleh, Coughlin named Athletes of the Year

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Robertson, who also assisted on three goals, had help. After a slow start, Alex Comeau heated up and finished with 13 saves. And Hayley Duquette netted four goals.

The nine goals may seem like a lot, but Robertson, a Southern New Hampshire University recruit, had a 12-goal game against Dracut.

Boys Team Coach of the Year

Coach Niceforo did all the little things

With Rob Niceforo, little things equal big things. By dotting all his I’s and crossing all his T’s, the Lawrence High wrestling coach has built a powerhouse. Last year the Blue and White won the might Merrimack Valley Conference title, the third MVC title (outright or shared) in the last four years.

Coaching at an inner city school like Lawrence High obviously presents ample challenges. Couple that with how uniquely grueling wrestling is, and you might think the Lancers would face annual numbers problems.

Not in the least. The last several years the 10th-year Lancer head coach has had 100 or more grapplers report to opening practice and has worked hard to make sure the majority last the season.

Niceforo has been an assistant for Tony Sarkis in football and wrestling and the Greater Lawrence Tech coach is a big admirer.

“He’s definitely someone who understands the make-up of the inner city,” said Sarkis. “He does a great job. You can tell by the success. It doesn’t come easy for an inner city school. You have to be on task every day. He puts all the safety nets in. He’s gotten kids to graduate, to go on to school and teach them to be good citizens.”

Niceforo, 40, a Greater Lawrence Tech math teacher, won MVC titles and the 2011 Division 1 dual-meet state title.

One of the most media savvy coaches in the area, Niceforo relishes getting positive publicity for his athletes.

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