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January 13, 2013

Saluting the area's Unsung Heroes

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

ANTHONY FABIAN

Greater Lawrence Basketball

Making His Point

Coach Dan Habib said of the sophomore point guard, “He is always smiling and has a great attitude and personality. Currently he is our first guard off the bench and is doing an admirable job running the offense and defending. He’s a great kid to have on the team and very coachable.”

The 5-8, 130-pound, 15-year-old is best friends with Central Catholic sophomore guard Alex Santos and his brother is Lawrence High junior sharpshooter Kevin Fabian.

The Fabians’ mother, Gertrudis Cuevas, played in the Dominican Republic. Anthony, who moved to Lawrence from Brooklyn at age 3, says his top basketball moment was a big 3-pointer in OT vs. Northeast.

Little One, as his friends call him, is studying auto body. His favorites include Domino’s bacon pizza, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Meek Mill, Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Durant.

IAN MALONE

Haverhill Hockey

Pleasure to Coach

“I’ve coached him for four years and he’s been a pleasure since Day 1,” said Hillie coach Joe Roberts. “He’s a genuine kid with a kind heart and always respectful of the coaching staff and his teammates.”

A rugged 5-10, 210-pound forward who can bench press 220 pounds and squat 360 pounds, Malone fears nothing. Well, except for spiders.

He has come back from knee surgery which forced him to sit out the lacrosse season last spring.

Malone, whose younger sister Mikaela plays field hockey and lacrosse for the Hillies, would like to study criminal justice and international relations. His top college choices are Bridgewater State and Suffolk. He’s gone to the Hockey East playoffs the last 10 years with Brian O’Neil, Johnny Rankin and Brendan Woelfel.

MIKE THOMSON

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