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May 10, 2013

Saluting our area's Unsung Heroes

Saluting the overachievers, the quiet leaders and the often overlooked athletes in local high school sports.

JEN PIETROWSKI

North Andover Tennis

Above and Beyond

Coach Carrie LaPierre said, “She’s a quiet leader, but one who is gaining her voice. She always goes above and beyond to do what is expected or needed.”

The junior calls her career highlight playing well last spring in the North Sectional Open Tourney. Well enough that she was moved from second doubles to first doubles, where she remains.

Pietrowski, who also plays trombone in the marching band, is ranked in the top 25 percent of the class. She aspires to be a nurse and hopes to work this summer at Charles River Labs, where her father, ex-Lawrence High football and hockey player Michael Pietrowski, works.

Pietrowski enjoys roller skating and Latin Pop music. Her favorite teachers are Todd Dulin and Meredith Tracey in American Thought.

ANNA DURKIN

PMA Softball

Positive Attitude

Coach Steve Stankus said, “Anna is willing to try anything to help the team. She’s always positive. The first few games have not gone well for us but she keeps her head up and keeps trying.”

She’s played shortstop, catcher and third base this spring and recently helped the Panthers to back-to-back wins.

“I can play any position,” she said proudly. “My dad and my brother showed me how to play. They taught me everything I know.”

The sophomore from Lowell also plays soccer. She’s a member of the Mother Rivier Club and the Interact Club and has been an Irish step dancer since age 4.

She’s about to begin work at Caffé ll Cipresso in Tyngsboro. Durkin’s favorites include spaghetti (food), Curt Schilling (athlete) and Once Upon a Time (TV show).

ROLANDO JIMENEZ

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