EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

May 24, 2013

Saluting our area's Unsung Heroes

Michael Muldoon
mmuldoon@eagletribune.com

---- — 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.

KRISTINE McLARNEY

Central Catholic Track

Passion Personified

Coach Katie Andrade said, “Her passion for running is apparent to both her coaches and teammates. Her positive attitude elevates everyone around her.”

She’ll be bringing that love of the sport to St. Michael’s College, where the Methuenite will run cross country and study psychology.

McLarney has been a model for Central’s Catwalk 4 Cancer and enjoys camping at Lake George. She plans to run a half-marathon this summer and after college wants to run a marathon.

Her career highlight was getting late word she’d be running the mile in the recent MVC Championships.

The former gymnast, dancer and cheerleader enjoys the television show Survivor and country singer Taylor Swift. Her favorite teacher is math teacher Mr. (Jarrod) Brown.

YOSIRIS VASQUEZ

Lawrence Softball

Still a Winner

The Lancers went winless, but they boast some winners in life like Yosiris Vasquez.

“She is our inspirational leader,” said Lancer coach Chris Boardman. “She’s the hardest working player at practice and a great role model. She truly is our Unsung Hero.”

Vasquez, a member of the National Honor Society, is headed to UMass Dartmouth where she hopes to play softball.

Yosiris, who moved from Santo Domingo, D.R., in 2006, will be honing her skills with the Show Academy team this summer.

She’s a Yankees fan. The Lawrence shortstop, naturally, loves Derek Jeter. Vasquez’s favorite teacher is Maria Viera, who helped her learn English at the Arlington School and is now at Lawrence High.

PERLA RAMIREZ

Lawrence Tennis

Good Sport

Ramirez is a two-year captain and two-year first singles player.

“Perla is resilient and rises to the challenge,” said coach Angela Langlais. “She’s an excellent sport, gaining the respect of every player and coach that she meets.”

Perla, a former volleyball and basketball player, lived in New Jersey until age 6 then lived in the Dominican Republic through her freshman year. A diligent student, she’s ranked No. 9 out of 108 students in the school of Health and Human Services. She hopes to attend UMass Boston or Franklin Pierce.

A member of the Art Club, Ramirez had two paintings hanging at the school last semester. One was a guitar and the other falling leaves. Whenever she has free time, the Rafael Nadal fan likes to spend it on the tennis court.