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January 20, 2013

Around the Horn with Gunnar Ericsson, Timberlane Track

You might call Gunnar Ericsson a man of letters. By the time he graduates from Timberlane this spring, he will have earned 14 of them.

The three-sport captain (soccer for two years, indoor and outdoor track) also was the kickoff specialist for the football team the last two years. Ericsson, who is ranked in the top 10 percent of his class, will be playing soccer and studying engineering at UNH.

In this week’s Around the Horn, the 5-11, 160-pound Atkinson resident talks about his name being mangled, winning 14 letters and his goals for the winter season.

How often is your name misspelled? “Quite a bit. Gunner all the time. And a lot of people think it’s Connor.”

What’s your favorite personal athletic achievement? “Soccer is my favorite sport. This past year we went from three wins to winning our first playoff game in eight years. That was pretty big. Another big moment was committing to the UNH soccer program in December. It’s a great soccer program so I jumped on it.”

What are your goals for this winter? “One of my main goals was to set the record in an event if not more than one. My chances of the 300 meter school record are high with the state meet coming up. I need to run a 36.5.”

What was it like playing soccer and football in the fall? “I did the kickoffs the last two years but didn’t get the opportunity to do field goals. I made some tackles, too.”

Were you afraid? “I think I had eight tackles and stopped a couple of TDs. A couple of times it was just putting my nose in. Being a track guy gave me a little edge.”

How are you doing academically? “I’m like 30th out of 360 in my class. I got an 1,860 on my SATs.”

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