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May 22, 2013

Moynihan Scholar-Athlete: Haverhill's unhittable valedictorian

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What’s made this year so enjoyable on the diamond was how frustrating last year was.

“It was the first scrimmage against Pentucket,” recalled Wrenn, who is a catcher when’s he’s not pitching. “It my first at-bat. I took a swing and my spikes got caught in the new AstroTurf. I was out two months with a dislocated knee.”

He came back and started the last 4-5 games but the lingering memory was being sidelined.

“It was a helpless feeling,” he said.

Helpless is how teams have felt against the 6-4 1/2, 190-pound righthander this spring. Even he never expected it.

“It really was my first year I pitched since Little League,” said Wrenn, who turned 18 last week. “I had arm issues in the past. I decided to try it because the team was lacking (pitchers). It ended up working out.”

Wrenn, who plans to study biology, is considering becoming a doctor. Like most top scholars, he has his share of hellish nights studying.

“I had to do an entire research paper,” said Wrenn, who also played basketball for the Hillies. “I was up until 5 a.m. I got 1-2 hours sleep and had a game the next day and ended up pitching. I threw a shutout. It was all adrenaline.”

Previous Moynihan Winners

Month Boy Girl

September Will Heikkinen, Andover football Jackie Solimine, Haverhill cross country

October David Rose, North Andover soccer Brenna McNally, Pinkerton volleyball

November Zach Vieira, Brooks soccer Ashlee Korsberg, Andover swimming

December Andrew Wells, Whittier basketball Abby Galloway-Burke Methuen basketball

January John Mastascusa, North Reading basketball Devon Caveney, Andover basketball

February John Rheaume, Salem wrestling Sam Breslin, Pinkerton basketball

March Alex Newton, Pelham baseball Hannah Kimball, Timberlane track

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