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September 20, 2013

Saluting our high schools' 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.

TOMMY COLBERT

Andover Football

Colbert Report

The 6-1, 205-pound defensive end rehabbed a broken collarbone from last season and has earned a spot on the kickoff and kickoff return teams.

Coach E.J. Perry said, “His entire career he has always put team goals ahead of his personal goals. He is one of the most well-liked seniors on the team.”

Colbert also plays on Andover’s club rugby team. His older brother, Corey, played football at Andover and his older sister, Casey, was a three-year starter in volleyball for Greater Lawrence Tech.

Tommy, whose top college choices are UMass and URI, is an outdoorsman who once caught a 45-inch striper. He enjoys saltwater bass fishing in Wells, Maine.

His favorite teacher is phys. ed teacher Dave Fazio, his favorite meal is steak and potatoes and his favorite athletic moment was getting called up to dress for the Everett playoff game his freshman year.

MADDIE ARNDT

Central Catholic Soccer

Coach’s Dream

Arndt, a senior from Merrimac, lost out to a freshman for the starting goalie position. How she reacted to the news warmed the heart of Raiders coach Casey Grange.

“The exact words out of her mouth were, ‘Coach, I respect your decision and want this team to be successful. If that means I don’t start, that’s OK,” said Grange. “She’s like a big sister to our freshman keeper. She’s a coach’s dream.”

She’s also a captain in gymnastics and her 11-3 in the pole vault ranks her No. 2 all-time in the area. Arndt is being recruited to vault by several schools including Manhattan, UMass Lowell, Holy Cross (where her sister Mackenzie is a star vaulter), Stonehill and Lafayette.

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