Saluting the overachievers, the quiet leaders and the often overlooked athletes in local high school sports.
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Timberlane Field Hockey
The senior varsity newcomer refused to be denied.
“She’s worked to improve her skills and has been a solid contributor,” said coach Mim Ryan.
Work has never been an issue for Novaris, who is ranked 21st in a class of 386. She plays the melophone in the marching band, is a member of the National Honor Society and works at Chunky’s Cinema in Haverhill.
The Plaistow resident plans to study biomedical engineering in college and specialize in orthotics and prosthetics.
Her favorite teacher is Mr. (Mark) Cerniglia for physics and other favorites include pasta, “Pretty Little Liars” and singer Jack Johnson.
Novaris is nicknamed Princess because she was a bit wimpy the first time she went kayaking.
Haverhill Cross Country
The Mighty Quinnan
Hillie coach Mike Maguire is never surprised at how devoted Erin Quinnan is to her running. He’s seen the same thing in the classroom.
“I really appreciated how hard she worked when I had her in AP economics,” he said. “In cross country and track, she works equally as hard.”
The year-round runner’s hard work paid off when she improved her time by 75 seconds in the season-opening Clipper Relays.
It would be difficult to improve much academically. Quinnan has scored a four on four AP tests, is ranked seventh in a class of about 400 and scored a 2,130 on her SATs. When she’s not running or studying, she’s often working as a cashier at the Riverside Market Basket.
Quinnan, who might become a lawyer, says her favorite teacher is Mr. (Rob) Pike in Constitutional Law.