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April 7, 2013

Our area has been good to Michigan athletics

Although Ann Arbor, Mich., is about 750 miles away, our area has been mighty good to the University of Michigan. Ex-Andover High great Joe Marinaro (UM ‘96), who now lives in Windham, twice won the Rader Award as Michigan’s top offensive lineman and was a co-captain as a senior.

Defensive end Eric Phelps of Salem lettered in 1975. After starring at Bourne High on the Cape, Robert Perryman (UM ‘87) was a four-year standout fullback who played six years in the NFL. He’s lived locally for years and now calls North Andover home.

Distance runner John Mortimer of Londonderry (UM ‘99) enjoyed an extraordinary college career. He was a seven-time All-American, a four-time Academic All-American, a six-time Big 10 champ and a three-time Big 10 Athlete of the Year.

Andover’s Katie Kramer (UM ‘06) scored nine goals in soccer and made Academic All-Big 10 one season. Before transferring, Kerry Hood of Londonderry lettered in women’s soccer in 1999 and was an Athletic Academic Achievement honoree.

Junior forward Tori McCombs of Londonderry has nine goals and seven assists in her career with the women’s soccer team. As a freshman, she was an Athletic Academic Achievement honoree.

As a senior co-captain, Andover’s Sera Coppolino (UM ‘01) helped lead the Maize and Blue to a second place at the NCAA Rowing Championships.

Former Timberlane hockey coach Andrew Merrick, who lives in Salem, was a winger who scored four goals for the NCAA champion 1998 Michigan hockey team.

Andover girls tennis coach/assistant boys basketball coach Alan Hibino and former Andover tennis player Josh Mack both were managers for the men’s basketball team as undergrads at UM.

Andover’s Rick Pruneau, the owner of Park Street Pub in town, has a grandson, Andrew Novakoff, who swims for the Wolverines, who won the national title last weekend. His mother is Andover High grad Renee Pruneau.

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