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July 23, 2013

Versatile pitcher

Ex-Sachem basketball star McNamara excels as starter, closer in same year

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Now that he has proven his worth as both a reliever and a starter, which does McNamara like more?

“I don’t have a preference,” he said. “It’s nice to be able to go (in relief) at any time and always be ready, but it’s nice to be a starter.”

Known more his basketball at Pentucket, where he was a 1,000-point scorer, Cape Ann League All-Star and Eagle-Tribune All-Star. He is also the son of Pentucket girls basketball coach John McNamara and the brother of former Sachem star Erin McNamara and current standout Kelsi.

But Corey didn’t have as much success on the hardcourt for the Monks. On a 17-10 team, McNamara appeared in just six games, averaging just two minutes per game. But, far from being discouraged, the bench time motivated him to work harder.

This summer, while not pitching for the Nor’Easters, McNamara is playing on a summer league hoop team while working out regularly with two different programs, alternating between conditioning, various drills and shooting.

“Hopefully, I’m getting better ... I think I am,” said McNamara. “I just have to get stronger and prove myself.”

As to which sport he likes best, McNamara can’t choose. His recent success on the diamond hasn’t swayed him.

“I’ve always liked both sports and I like them about the same,” he said.

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