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November 14, 2013

Saluting Our Area's Unsung Heroes

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 mmuldoon@eagletribune.com.

Audrey Moolic

Pentucket Soccer

Sachem Leader

Moolic is in select company as a three-sport captain (soccer, winter track and lacrosse).

This fall she willingly switched positions, moving from midfield to forward. Prior to the season she organized a team hiking trip to Mount Monadnock.

“Overall, she’s just a really great kid, always smiling,” said soccer coach Meg Goldweber.

The Groveland resident is from a soccer family as sister Caroline plays at Central Catholic and sister Tess is a promising 8th grader.

The National Honor Society student’s top college choice is Drexel. She hopes to become a physical or occupational therapist or a physics teacher. Her favorite teacher is her physics teacher, Matthew Jacques. In her spare time, Audrey works at Nick’s Place restaurant.

Austin Ribaudo

Salem Football

Determined Devil

After undergoing foot surgery in early August, the 5-6, 195-pound junior worked hard and eventually earned a starting spot at offensive guard.

“He’s an extremely coachable player,” said coach Rob Pike. “He has great technique and determination.”

Ribaudo also throws the discus in track and last year was on the gymnastics team. His brothers Jarrod (sophomore) and Cooper (Salem Rams) also play football.

Ribaudo is also doing the job in the classroom. He’s in the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society. In the summer, “Ribsy” does excavating work. His favorite teacher is John DeRosa for engineering.

Brian Cole

Methuen Football

Top of the Class

Cole is one of the area’s most intelligent football players. He’s ranked ninth in his class and scored a 1,990 on his SATs. His top schools are Northeastern and BU and he’s contemplating becoming a lawyer.

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