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January 31, 2014

Saluting the Area's Unsung Heroes

Saluting the overachievers, the quiet leaders and the often overlooked athletes in local high school sports.

Coaches or ADs should send nominations to Unsung Heroes writer Michael Muldoon at mmuldoon@eagletribune.com.

Kelly Sullivan

Central Catholic Track

Vocal Supporter

Coach Katie Andrade loves Sullivan’s passion for track and her teammates.

“She truly embraces the concept of team,” said Andrade. “If she’s not competing, she’s undoubtedly cheering on her teammates and is the first person to great a teammate at the finish line with a hug and a water.”

Kelly plays soccer in the fall, does the 300 and 4x400 in the winter, and plans to run spring track for the first time. Her brother, William, is a freshman runner at St. John’s Prep.

The 5-6 senior from North Andover is a fan of “Bridesmaids”, chocolate, soccer player Alex Morgan, math teacher Sully Grella and singer Kenny Chesney. But most of all she loves spending time at the family beach home in North Carolina.

Kiana Rodriguez

Greater Lawrence Basketball

Reggie Leader

The Reggies think enough of Kiana to have named her captain the last two years.

“She’s a great kid, a leader on and off the court,” said coach Tara Mansour-Neilon. “She holds things together for us.”

Born and raised in Lawrence, Kiana also runs cross country and this spring the former softball player intends to run track. Rodriguez works at Orange Leaf in Andover.

She stays in shape by boxing at Canal Street Boxing. Rodriguez is studying health careers and hopes to become a registered nurse. Curry is her top college choice.

Rodriguez has dedicated her season to her brother, Cesar Rodriguez, who died in a New Year’s Eve crash.

Her favorites include Celtic star Rajon Rondo and gym teacher/coach Tara Mansour-Neilon.

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