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June 29, 2013

The Year of the Knights: A look back at the year in sports

North Andover's unforgettable debut MVC season among scores of memories to cherish

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“I did it for all the seniors,” he said.

Most Valuable Trainer

Scoring machine Matt Bauchman is almost always Methuen’s hockey MVP. But there was no doubt who the MVP was on Jan. 14.

It wasn’t a player, but trainer Janielle Martin-Monbleau.

It was a scary scene when Methuen junior Brady Barron had an artery, 12 tendons and several nerves severed when a Gloucester hockey player’s skate accidentally cut his left wrist.

But Martin-Monbleau couldn’t afford to be scared. Barron’s life depended on her knowledge and professionalism.

She rushed onto the ice even before the play was blown dead. Barron was rushed to Children’s Hospital in Boston, where doctors said quick action by Monbleau, trainer Al Delano and the Fire Department’s emergency medical staff saved his life.

Later in the winter she was honored at a Bruins game for her heroism.

Whittier crashes the party

Vocational schools aren’t supposed to win the big titles. Those are generally reserved for the well-to-do towns and the Catholic schools.

But Whittier Tech baseball won and won big this spring like it has the last four years.

With a terrific senior class featuring All-CAC Upper Division standouts Andrew Wells (EMass Division 3 MVP, 11-1, 1.27 ERA), Nathan Frongillo (.356, 25 runs), Anthony Licciardello (.442, 25 RBIs) and Devan Doucette (7-3, 2.41 ERA), the Wildcats won the Division 3 North title.

Talent, experience and magic was the winning formula. The magic, thankfully, appeared in Whittier’s tourney opener. This in the form of a four-run rally capped off by Ralph Francesconi’s walk-off sac fly in the eighth inning.

The magic continued for the Cardiac Cats as Frongillo’s walk-off single clinched the Division 3 North title.

Follow Michael Muldoon on Twitter under the screen name @MullyET.

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