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February 16, 2013

Saluting our area's Unsung Heroes

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

MADDIE FOTINO

Tewksbury-Methuen Hockey

Back on the Ice

The Methuen High sophomore started playing hockey at age 7 but gave it up for years before taking it up again this year.

“I’m glad I decided to play,” said Fotino, who lists her career highlight as her first career point, a Jan. 19 assist against Andover.

Tewksbury-Methuen coach Kim Bruff said, “She’s improved drastically in her skating ability. She always puts in her best effort.”

Her sister, junior Brianna Fotino, is sitting out the season with a concussion. Their mother, Amy (Ross) Fotino, is a former hockey player and their brother, 7th grader Jake, also plays hockey.

Maddie was the JV soccer captain in the fall. She’s a member of the Key Club and admits to “Tweeting up a storm.”

ANYA HOUSIANITIS

Central Catholic Track

Raider Mentor

Housianitis is a busy young woman and one of her passions has been serving the last two years as student coordinator of the Marist Mentoring program.

She calls 9-year-old Elvin Rosa of Lawrence’s Parthum School “the little brother I never had.”

Track coach Katie Andrade praised her for recruiting numerous track athletes to participate in the program.

The senior shotputter scored a 29 on her ACT and has been accepted to Georgia Tech. She’s still waiting on Clemson, her top choice. She hopes to be an industrial engineer.

Housianitis, a lacrosse tri-captain, grew up in Stratham, N.H., but moved to Haverhill last year. She has an unusual hobby, slot car racing. Her uncle is Central history teacher John Housianitis.

GIOIA KROVITZ

North Andover Gymnastics

Always Ready

“She’s an extremely hard worker and always ready when needed,” said coach Jenn Mangano. “Even without warming up she can vault. I truly love having her on the team.”

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