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May 24, 2013

Saluting our 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.

ALEX LoGIUDICE

Whittier Baseball

Most Improved

The Wildcats are one of the most successful teams in the region and Alex has been a key part of that success. Not too bad for someone who played JV last year.

He came through with a big pinch-hit two-out, two-run single in the sixth inning to spark the win over Mystic Valley.

“He’s a real positive kid whether on the bench or in the game. He’s proven to be a big part of our team,” said coach Joe Boland.

LoGiudice said, “I love Coach Boland and it’s awesome to play varsity.”

The senior from Amesbury studies electrical and works for Phoenix Electrical in Wilmington. He’ll be studying construction management at Wentworth Institute in the fall. In his free time, he enjoys scuba diving with his family including a memorable trip last year to the Dominican Republic.

HORACIO SANTOS

Greater Lawrence Track

Smiling Hurdler

He may be only 5-2, but the freshman casts a large shadow as a born leader and promising hurdler.

“He became our best hurdler recently,” said Reggies coach Jamie Qualter. “Each time he’s raced his times have been faster. He’s a silent leader who teaches by example. Even after a gutsy 400 hurdles race, he has this gigantic smile on his face.”

The former gymnast is studying information technology. He also swims and plays soccer.

He considers himself blessed to compete for the Orange and Black.

“Doing sports has been a pleasure for me,” he said.

Santos, who moved to Lawrence from New Jersey as a 4-year-old, is a big fan of soccer greats Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

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