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January 1, 2013

Past Eagle-Tribune Sportsmen of the Year


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---- — 2011 Mark Dennehy Merrimack hockey coach Built perennial cellar dweller into an NCAA Tourney team

2010 Arthur Nicholson Former Methuen principal Attended thousands of Ranger games as the school’s greatest supporter

2009 Kevin Bradley Whittier teacher-coach Coaching nomad with a heart of gold finally finds a home

2008 Zak DeOssie N.Y. Giants linebacker North Andover native was Pro Bowl special teams player and helped Giants stun unbeaten Patriots in Super Bowl

2007 Carlos Pena Devil Rays first baseman Sent to the minors prior to the season, the Haverhill slugger ended up being AL Comeback Player of the Year.

2006 Chris Sharpe Springfield College Quarterback from Derry set six NCAA records and was National Player of Year

2005 Paul Neal Lawrence coach Built Lancers into champions and is a hero to his paralyzed former star

2004 Dimmy Gavriel Marine Former Timberlane wrestling great left Wall Street and died fighting in Iraq

2003 Mike Bolduc Salem wrestling coach Army reservist left his team to train units heading to war

2002 Larry Klimas Methuen coach Late coach built Rangers into a football-track power

2001 Ray Bourque Hockey player Topsfield resident led Colorado to Stanley Cup

2000 John Kelleher Christmas Tourney founder Driving force behind Greater Lawrence Boys Basketball Christmas Tourney

1999 Fernando Braz Lawrence coach Guided long-suffering Lancers cross country team to league title

1998 Carlos Pena Baseball player Haverhill native picked 10th overall in draft

1997 Bill Brouder Lawrence coach Father figure for players on championship volleyball team

1996 Leo Polizoti Little League president 86-year-old honored for 46 years of service in Methuen

1995 Joe Marinaro Football player Andoverite was University of Michigan’s top offensive lineman

1994 Kristin Cobb Scholar-athlete Timberlane grad was Dartmouth’s top student and a star runner

1993 Harry McNamara Haverhill Touchdown Club Spearheaded effort to get lights at Haverhill Stadium

1992 Steve Heinze Hockey player North Andover native starred in Olympics and played for Bruins

1991 Steve Bedrosian Major League pitcher Methuenite helped lead Twins to World Series while dealing with his son’s leukemia

1990 Ted Murphy Golf professional Nurtured a slew of champions and aggressively promoted the sport

1977 Steve Sorota Phillips coach Coached football at the school for 40-plus years

1976 Pal Alexander Writer Late Eagle-Tribune writer was beloved by local outdoorsmen

1975 Ralph Wolfendale Lawrence administrator-coach Retiring legendary athletic director/coach

1974 Fred B. Cole Writer Retiring popular Eagle-Tribune writer

1971 John Boda Golf pro Late, longtime Andover Country Club pro

1970 Jim Kent Lawrence distance runner Won All-State title

1968 Greg Kent Lawrence distance runner Running great died serving his country in Vietnam after passing up chance at Olympic Trials

1967 Fran Murphy Golfer Late two-time Rogers champion

1966 Charles McCullom Andover sports booster Gave countless hours in service to Andover sports

1965 Bill McEvoy North Andover sports booster Founded and directed several youth leagues

Note: A Sportsman of the Year wasn’t named in 1969 and from 1978 to 1989

COMPILED BY MICHAEL MULDOON