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March 8, 2013

North Reading's Mastascusa named Moynihan Scholar-Athlete

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Mastascusa estimated he had more than a dunk a game including four vs. Lynnfield. That memorable game he accomplished something few players in CAL history ever have done: slamming home a rebound.

“He has tremendous athleticism,” said Casey, who lost a similar type athlete when budding superstar Kyle Lentini transferred to Pingree two years ago. “He can jump through the roof.”

That athleticism also shows up in spring track. After making the 13-player All-Catholic Conference team last winter, he was a force in track, placing second in the Eastern Mass. Division 2 Meet in the javelin (174-9) and fourth in the high jump (6-0).

Mastascusa, who is widely known as John-O, followed his brother to MC. His brother, Domenick, is averaging 5.3 points for 26-2 WPI.

John-O, who scored a 1,980 on his SATs, has been admitted to WPI and is waiting on Tufts and RPI. He plans to study engineering.

His philosophy on his academics is straight forward.

“I make sure I do everything right,” said Mastascusa, whose sophomore brother, Cullen, is the scorekeeper for the Hornets. “You have to work eventually.”

Coaches and athletic directors can send Moynihan Scholar-Athlete nominees to Michael Muldoon at mmuldoon@eagletribune.com.

About the program

The scholar-athlete program is sponsored by Moynihan Lumber and The Eagle-Tribune. ADs and coaches nominate seniors who should be all-star caliber athletes and ranked in the top 25 percent of their class. At the end of the school year, one boy and one girl are honored at a banquet and will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Last month nominations were submitted by: Andover (girls basketball), Central Catholic (girls track), North Reading (boys basketball), North Andover (wrestling, girls track), Pelham (boys basketball), Pinkerton (boys hockey) and Wilmington (girls track).

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