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November 2, 2012

Unsung Heroes: Saluting local sports overachievers

Saluting the overachievers, the quiet leaders and the often overlooked athletes in local high school sports.

Kristine McLarney

Central Catholic Cross Country

Love of Running

The former gymnast gave up that sport after her freshman year and took up distance running. Now she’s a year-round runner.

McLarney said, “I got injured (hip stress fracture) sophomore year indoors. Then I hated when I didn’t do it. When I started back junior year, I was really excited to be back.”

Cross country coach Colette Madore said of her tri-captain: “She’s a quiet presence. She’s really worked with some of the younger runners. She’s a super, super nice kid.”

McLarney hopes to run and study psychology at UMass, UMass Lowell, St. Michael’s or Endicott.

The Methuen resident, who friends call “Stime Beam,” said her career highlight was a career best performance (22:35, 3.1 miles) last fall at the EMass. Division 2 meet.

Jenna Raimondi

Pentucket Field Hockey

On The Defensive

A former reserve forward, the senior from Groveland moved to defense and earned a starting position for the Sachems, who made the state tourney.

“I really adapted to it and I love it,” said Raimondi. “No more offense for me!”

Coach Ruth Beaton said, “She’s been unflappable. She’s the most improved player on the team and does it humbly. She works hard every game.”

Jenna’s brother, Joe, plays freshman football for the Sachems.

A National Honor Society student, Raimondi hopes to attend Westfield State. She’s also considering UNH, UVM, Johnson and Wales and Plymouth State.

She loves to shop at American Eagle and has a passion for scarves. The movie buff’s favorite movies are “Mean Girls” and “Titanic.”

Anna Carbone

Haverhill Swimming

Managing Fine

The former swimmer stopped swimming competitively but still loves the sport. She’s the manager of the girls team in the fall and the boys team in the winter.

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