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November 23, 2012

Saluting the Unsung Heroes in local sports

Ryan Paris

Haverhill Golf

Inspiring Leader

The senior co-captain went 9-3-3 at the No. 2 spot and earned all-conference honors. He helped the Hillies go from four wins last fall to 11-3-1 this year.

“In my 14 years of coaching, I’ve never had a player with a better work ethic and this past summer it rubbed off on the whole team. He took the younger players under his wing and got them playing nearly every day at Bradford Country Club, dramatically improving the play of the team this fall,” said coach Kevin Murphy.

His sister, Kelsey, a seventh grader, is also a talented golfer.

Paris is a political junkie who hopes to study finance or accounting at UMass Amherst, Suffolk or Bentley. He works for his uncle at Rick’s Motor Sport in Hampstead and is a member of the Latin Club, Human Rights Club and Junior Rotary Club.

Adnan Hassan

Andover Football

Welcome Addition

This is Hassan’s first year on the team and Andover is thrilled to have him.

Coach E.J. Perry said, “This young man is extraordinary.”

The 6-foot-1 former basketball player is an athlete as evidenced by his dunking skills. Recently he made his first catch and it was a one-handed beauty.

“On most teams, he’d be playing a lot more,” said Perry, whose club is headed to the playoffs.

His older brother, Hammad, also played for the Golden Warriors. Hassan is a member of the Andover volleyball team and still plays AAU basketball.

He spent his first six years in Pittsburgh. “I’m Steeler Nation at heart!” he said proudly.

Hassan hopes for a career in science with Trinity his top college choice. He’s also applying to Boston University, Villanova, Bates and Wheaton.

Shane Godek

Methuen Soccer

Ranger leader

The sophomore field player was pressed into action when starting goalie Avery Altavesta suffered a season-ending injury in Game 2.

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