EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

May 10, 2013

Saluting our area's Unsung Heroes

Michael Muldoon

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


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.


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).


Greater Lawrence Track

Coach’s Favorite

Coaches love driven, dependable athletes like Jimenez, who twice has won the Coaches Award and is a three-sport captain.

The senior three-season runner is doing the mile, javelin and 4x400 this spring. He won the mile at the CAC Championships in the winter.

“As a staff, we will miss him as an athlete but most of all as a person and a teammate,” said Reggies coach Jamie Qualter. “He’s one of the most coachable kids we’ve ever had come through Greater Lawrence track and field.”

He earned all A’s last term. The senior, who grew up in Lawrence but recently moved to North Andover, plans to study electronics and engineering at Johnson and Wales.

His sister, Nicole Jimenez, is a freshman who plays soccer for the Reggies. Rolo, as his friends call him, is a fan of “The Universe” on the History Channel.


Andover Softball

Extended Family

The versatile senior considers herself blessed to be a member of two large families. She has six siblings and also calls her team “like my second family, like my sisters.”

Coach Steve Tisbert said, “She does all the little things that a true teammate does. She’s always there when called upon.”

At last look Moffitt was batting .292 with a .346 on-base percentage. She has played centerfield, second base and third base. Her sister, Joan, was a former Andover softball player.

Eugenie, who scored an impressive 2,030 on her SATs, has been accepted to the UMass honors program and plans to study accounting and international business.

She has worked at the St. Augustine after-school program and plans to babysit this summer.


Central Catholic Track

Poetic Justice

Genao is a whirlwind on and off the track. He’s class vice president, a talented poet, a mentor at the Lawrence Boys and Girls Club and in the winter helped out with the freshman basketball team.

Gennao, who moved to Lawrence from the Dominican Republic in 7th grade, runs the 400 and 800. He recently dipped under 2:10 in the 800.

“He’s one of the nicest kids in the senior class,” said Raider coach Mike Leal. “He’s one of the hardest working kids in practice.”

The hard work has paid off. Ranked in the top 10 percent of his class, Sadan earned an academic scholarship to Denison University in Ohio. He plans to study economics with a psychology minor.

Genao lists the Raiders’ EMass. Division 2 championship last spring as his career highlight.

Coaches or ADs should send nominations to Unsung Heroes writer Michael Muldoon at mmuldoon@eagletribune.com.