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 email@example.com.
Jack of All Trades
Pelham needed a versatile player and Hamel has fit the bill. In his first four games, the freshman played first base, third base, catcher and pitcher.
The 5-11, 150-pounder was a tight end on the JV football team and plans to join the Future Business Leaders of America. In his free time, Nick, who moved to Pelham from Dracut in fifth grade, can often be found onwwthe Pine Valley golf course.
His career highlights include winning the 2013 state title with the Salem Babe Ruth team and his first varsity hit, a line double to right against Raymond.
Some of his favorite things are his mother Pam Hamel’s Alfredo broccoli, aging Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and Pelham Memorial seventh grade math teacher Matt Lane.
Tops In Her Class
Mary is a superb student. The Pelham valedictorian won the Holy Cross Book Award and the Presidential Scholarship. She’ll be studying nutrition at UNH. Her brother, Steven, is another gifted scholar. He’s a distance runner at RPI.
Hammar played No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles as a junior but this year has moved to fourth singles and second doubles.
“She’s mentally and physically stronger,” said coach Di Thomas.
Hammar, the secretary of the National Honor Society, is working on her Gold Award, the Girl Scout equivalent of Eagle Scout. Her project is building a pergola at the Pelham Public Library.
Her favorite teachers are social studies teacher Elizabeth Zemetres and science teacher Dr. Janet Holden.
Central Catholic Track
Hayes, a junior from Methuen, has cut her two-mile personal best 39 seconds this spring to 12:46.