“But I knew I had to get myself settled and try to surround myself with good people. I was able to do that and it took me in the right direction.”
Ruddy was on the move again at age 13, when he and Kelvin moved to live with their mother first in Lawrence. But less than a year later, they relocated to Methuen.
“When I first moved to Lawrence, and then Methuen, I knew it was different,” he said. “As soon as I got here I knew the surroundings were completely different and felt more positive.
“I was planning to go to Lawrence High, where Kelvin went, but for some reason Methuen High just felt like the right place for me. I went with my heart and it worked out so well.”
At Methuen, for the first time, Severino saw the opportunity to play sports.
“I had never even considered organized sports before my freshman year,” he said. “But I was at freshman orientation at Methuen and they mentioned playing sports, and I thought to myself, ‘Wow, I can do that?’
“I first went out for football, and in my first practice I got hit so hard I didn’t know what to think. But I learned the sport. Then I went out for indoor track and fell in love.”
Severino not only developed into a starting defensive back on the gridiron, but he also emerged as a top sprinter for the track team.
“In the first couple day of tryouts my freshman season, I was able to run next to the varsity kids,” he said. “Then we did a time trial and my times were right up there.”
Primarily specializing in the 300 in the winter and 400 in the spring, as a junior last year Severino was a member of the sprint medley relay team that set a school record at the National Scholastic Championships. This winter, he won the MVC Meet title in the 300.