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February 22, 2013

Saluting Our Area's Unsung Heroes

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

KELSEY COLLINS

Salem Gymnastics

Refreshing Attitude

Salem coach Kyle Redmond said, “Kelsey’s great. She may not be our highest scorer, but she comes in every day ready to work. She never gives up and never stops improving. It’s so refreshing, she really makes the team the top priority.”

The 4-foot-11 sophomore is also a varsity field hockey player and hopes to make varsity lacrosse this spring.

“Gymnastics is definitely my favorite, though,” said Collins, whose sister Allie was a senior captain on the Blue Devils’ 2007 championship team.

“I was always hoping one day I’d be as good as her,” said Kelsey.

Collins’ favorite song is “When You Put Your Heart In It.” That, not coincidentally, was Salem’s theme song.

TAYLER WRIGHT

Pinkerton Track

Tayler-Made

Astros coach Becka Noe said, “Tayler is a motivated student who pushes her teammates to be their best. She is always looking to make the team better by recruiting other athletes, teaching them technique, and being a positive influence. She finds time to help out with record keeping, outside training, and academics.”

Wright said the highlight of her season was when a girl who had low self-esteem flourished and she told Tayler she inspired her.

Wright, who also does spring track, works at Rig A’ Tony’s Restaurant in Derry. The senior shotputter is a member of HOSA and by the end of the school year will be a certified nursing assistant.

The Red Sox fanatic will be attending Mass. College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston to study nursing.

KIANA GUADALUPE

Whittier Basketball

Super Substitute

The 5-foot-6 sophomore sixth man from Bradford has helped the Wildcats to a 19-3 record through Wednesday.

“She makes things happen,” said coach Kevin Bradley. “She could be a starter, but she’s more valuable off the bench. She does a great job on offense and defense.”

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