EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

February 7, 2014

Saluting the area's Unsung Heroes

Michael Muldoon

---- — 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.”

The senior 152-pounder also runs cross country and spring track. Gomez moved to Lawrence from the Dominican Republic four years ago. His first two years he devoted extra time to his studies then he started wrestling as a junior.

A deeply religious young man, he’s a member of the bible club. Sundays he works at Noelia’s Market in the city.

Joel’s favorites include the movie “Passion of the Christ”, rice, beans and meat dishes, Red Sox slugger David Ortiz and English teacher Miss Rodriguez.

Jared Hall

North Andover Track

Under Construction

Hall, who also plays lacrosse, works for his father’s company, G.A. Hall and Sons Landscaping and Construction.

North Andover track assistant coach Andrea Van Horn said, “I love that kid. He leaves it all on the track each and every day.”

Hall, a 5-9 junior, left it all out on the track with a recent 39.33 in the 300 to qualify for the MVC Meet.

Jared said, “I started track freshman year to stay in shape and got addicted to it.”

He’s also a big fan of skiing, mountain biking, his mother Tracey’s pulled pork sandwiches, Dustin Pedroia and English teacher Mary Gregoire.

His brother, Army Specialist Corey Hall, a 2009 North Andover graduate, wrestled for the Knights.

Cam Carito

North Andover Hockey

3-Sport Athlete

The senior defenseman also was a golf co-captain and runs the 800 and mile in spring track. His brother Adam, a sophomore, also plays lacrosse.

Carito has been accepted to UNH, High Point in North Carolina and Bryant. He’s a student ambassador and works in the pro shop at the North Andover Country Club.

The 5-11, 154-pound Carito says his career highlight was helping the Knights golf team place fifth at Division 2 States and second in Division 2 North.

He’s doing a DECA project on how the UMass football program could improve its attendance.

Cam has inherited his father’s love of the Yankees and New York Football Giants. He also is a fan of AP history teacher Matt Tangney and aging shortstop Derek Jeter.