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March 1, 2013

Saluting Our Area's Unsung Heroes

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

AMANDA WILLIAMS

Central Catholic Basketball

Raider Rebounder

“She embraces her role, lots of offensive rebounds and putbacks,” said Central coach Sue Downer. “She’s made a difference for us.”

The 5-11 junior forward from North Andover also puts her athletic ability to good use as an All-MVC volleyball player.

Williams has been a familiar face at Central games for years. Her brother, Kyle (CC ‘12), was a two-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star hockey goalie.

“I’d be shaking and jumping around. He has no idea how proud I am of him,” said Amanda.

Williams, who may do track for the first time this spring, lists as career highlights playing in the state volleyball finals as a sophomore and the basketball team beating two much higher seeds in last year’s state tourney.

CHANCE PATRICK

Whittier Wrestling

Refocused Wrestler

The lanky 5-11 sophomore 138-pounder was in a midseason slump but battled through it.

“He refocused. He just started working harder and winning matches,” said Whittier coach Harry Takesian. “He’s a good kid to have around. I’m looking forward to the next couple years with him.”

Patrick described himself as “pretty good at takedowns” and “more of a defensive wrestler.”

He was most pleased that a tough Shawsheen wrestler who previously beat him 15-2 had to push himself to the limit to squeak out a win in the rematch.

Patrick, who enjoys four-wheeling, is studying HVAC (heating, ventilation and cooling). He hopes to become a policeman some day.

A dishwasher at the Hungry Traveler in his hometown of Salisbury, Chance is saving up to buy a Monte Carlo.

MIKE IASCONE

Salem Wrestling

Exemplary Attitude

Although he missed most of the season with a broken shoulder suffered in an August football practice, Iascone didn’t miss a single practice this winter.

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