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March 8, 2013

Saluting the area's Unsung Heroes

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

ZACH ZULLO

Whittier Wrestling

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The sophomore does it all for the Wildcats: football, wrestling and lacrosse. He’s on varsity in all three.

“He was by far our most improved wrestler. There is no quit in that kid. He hates to lose and when he does, he works that much harder,” said Whittier wrestling coach Harry Takesian.

He might have picked that trait up from his late grandfather, boxer Jerry Zullo, who once trained with the legendary Rocky Marciano.

Although he weighs just 154 pounds, the 5-6 Zullo wrestled at 160. It didn’t seem to hurt him as he went from a tough freshman season to a sixth-place finisher in Division 2 North this winter.

The Bradford resident enjoys snowboarding at nearby Bradford Ski Area and working on his archery and shooting skills at the Danvers Gun Club. He’s studying to be a lifeguard.

MATT HURCHIK

Brooks Basketball

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Hurchik is a lucky young man. The basketball nut can pick almost any school he wants because of his academic prowess.

So not surprisingly, his two finalists are Indiana and North Carolina. Hurchik, who scored 2,060 on his SATs, earned a prestigious Selective Scholarship to IU.

He didn’t get much playing time for high-powered Brooks, but he cherished being part of the team. His favorite basketball memory was a game-winning floater last winter with seven seconds left in a JV game vs. Groton.

A couple weeks ago, his sweet reverse lay-up was an exclamation point on a lopsided win over St. Mark’s.

Coach John McVeigh called the Andover resident “a phenomenal kid and teammate.”

Hurchik also ran cross country for the Green and White.

OWEN O’LEARY

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