---- — Saluting the overachievers, the quiet leaders and the often overlooked athletes in local high school sports.
Coaches or ADs should send nominations to Unsung Heroes writer Michael Muldoon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The senior reserve was at the end of the bench but Andover was shorthanded and struggling. With Andover trailing Lowell 2-0, Stein finally got the call and delivered like a champ. He had nine blocks in the final three games of the comeback 3-2 win.
“The greatest thing was in the locker room when David walked in and the entire team broke out in the Larry Bird, ‘MVP! MVP!’ chant,” said coach E.J. Perry.
“It was really a terrific feeling,” said the 6-3 middle hitter.
Stein, who has won awards for excellence in German and chemistry, will study engineering at Stevens College.
He’s also an Eagle Scout and a drummer in the school’s jazz band. His sister, Denise, plays volleyball for the Golden Warriors.
North Andover Baseball
Some people don’t even recognize Inangelo, who weighs 235 lbs,, down from a high of 330 last year.
“It was from wrestling, going to the gym and just eating healthy,” he said.
Knights baseball coach Todd Dulin said, “He is a kind-hearted kid that gives of himself every day.”
The senior pitcher helps run baseball clinics in town and plays for his father, John Inangelo’s, Intown League team.
The senior pitcher hopes to intern with the Lowell Spinners. He’s headed to Bowling Green in Ohio to study sports management.
He says he’s met hundreds of top athletes over the years through his involvement with sports memorabilia.
If the name sounds familiar, it’s because her great uncle was the legendary Harry Agganis, the “Golden Greek” of Red Sox and BU football fame. She wears his No. 33.
Coach Bridget Lane said, “Marisa is an incredibly driven, selfless lacrosse player. She consistently goes above and beyond to help out her team.”
She’ll be playing for Division 1 Mercer in Macon, Ga. Marisa was also a tri-captain in basketball. Agganis is a drum major in the marching band and has played flute since third grade.
Ranked 25th in a class of 97, Agganis plans to study English. She was inspired to study that by her teacher last year, Dr. Hank Venuti.
This summer she’ll be working as a lifeguard at Cedardale in Groveland.
One and Only
Amy Beaton is the first-year tennis coach but she’ll probably stick around a while if she has more athletes like captain MaryKate O’Regan.
“As the only senior on a team with one junior, nine sophomores, and seven freshmen, she has really stepped up and made everyone feel a part of the team,” said Beaton. “She is a true leader.”
The Haverhill resident, who plays second doubles, is ranked in the top 15 percent of her class. She led the National Honor Society’s can food drive which set a school record for cans collected. She also volunteers at the Emmaus House in Haverhill.
O’Regan works at Paul’s Ski Shop in Salisbury and plans to study nursing at URI. Her hobbies include skiing and snowboarding.
How couldn’t Cheryl Begin like Kristina “Nina” Moszka? She is a talented carpenter who gave the coach a gorgeous Adirondack chair.
“It’s on my porch!” said the coach, who added, “Nina has been a vital part of the team the last four years.”
The catcher from Methuen admires ex-Sox catcher Jason Varitek. Her father, Billy, will be inducted into the Concord-Carlisle Hall of Fame on May 4.
Moszka’s sister, Heather, is a bodybuilder and Nina is getting into the sport as well.
Her grandmother, Colleen DiLorenzo, who passed away two weeks ago, nurtured her love for carpentry. Nina works at Closet Classic in Andover and will be attending the North Bennet School in the North End to further her woodworking career.