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February 7, 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.

Harry O’Donoghue

Haverhill Hockey

Wild About Harry

Coach Joe Roberts is wild about O’Donoghue, saying, “He makes great decisions shutting down the other team in our end. He very rarely turns the puck over.”

The stay-at-home defenseman is the Hillies’ plus-minus leader. O’Donoghue returned to the Brown and Gold after playing with the Manchester Monarchs last year.

The rugged 5-10, 200-pounder known as Donny hopes to play Division 3 or club hockey in college. Harry’s mother, the former Anne Atwood, was a cheerleader for Haverhill.

O’Donoghue is a member of the Spanish Club and his likes include chicken parm, “Family Guy”, Eminem, Patrice Bergeron, “Lone Survivor” and current events teacher Marilyn Caradonna.

Elissa Mogauro

Pelham Basketball

All Heart

Coach Bob Sheppard describes the 5-2 senior guard as “small in size, big in personality and heart.”

A four-year softball and soccer player, Mogauro returned to basketball after not playing the previous two years. Her older twin sisters, Erin and Erika (PHS ‘10), were soccer players for the Pythons.

Elissa is ranked 23rd in a class of 149 and is a member of three national honor societies. Mogauro’s final class each day is actually at Pinkerton Academy, where she takes health science.

She has been accepted to Suffolk and Lesley and plans to play softball at one of the two.

Mogauro wears No. 21 in softball in honor of Hall of Famer/humanitarian Roberto Clemente and her favorite teacher is Jeanna Wagner for business law.

Joel Gomez

Lawrence Wrestling

Most Improved

“Joel is a second-year wrestler who has improved faster than any kid I have coached,” said 11th-year Lancer coach Rob Niceforo. “It’s due to his work ethic, focus and attitude. He never complains and wrestles whatever weight class I put him in.”

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