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December 24, 2012

Saluting the Unsung Heroes of the Christmas Tourney

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The 5-8 senior also prides himself on bringing that work ethic to the classroom. Disappointed with his average grades early on, Straus has now made the honor roll the last four trimesters.

He’s applying to UMass, UNH, UVM, URI, Roger Williams and Bryant.

Last year when the Knights were shorthanded early in the season, he provided valuable minutes. His older sister, Hannah, swam for the Knights and was an accomplished synchronized swimmer.

Aaron’s favorite website is hotnewhiphop.com, his favorite meal is lobster at Brown’s at Hampton Beach and his favorite athlete is Manny Ramirez.

JUSTIN SCOTT

Pinkerton Academy

Big Man On Campus

At nearly 6-7 in his bare feet, Justin Scott towers over most everyone. But not in his own family, where he has a 6-8 brother.

But height is nothing new at Pinkerton, which even for a huge school (enrollment 3,100) seems to produce an unusual number of talented tall athletes.

This year’s team includes others players listed at 6-4, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4, 6-5, 6-6.

After scoring just four points total last season, Scott has arrived.

The Chester resident pumped in 13 points in a first-round Christmas Tourney victory. He cited hard work in the offseason, particularly on shooting with either hand, and the graduation of some key players for opening the door for him.

Coach Pete Rosinski said, “He’s a quality kid who has had to work to get better at the game and has shown great focus and effort.”

Scott has already experienced athletic success. He was an Eagle-Tribune All-Star in volleyball. Also a top student, he’s ranked 55th in a class of about 700 students.

A deeply religious young man, he plans to study mechanical engineering at a Christian college.

STEVE NUGENT

Salem High

Respected Captain

While he didn’t put up big numbers as a junior, Steve Nugent did gain a lot of respect.

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