EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 14, 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.

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.

The 5-11, 150-pound Cole was the hero of the Week 4 win over Dracut with two TD grabs. The first two of his career!

Coach Tom Ryan said, “Brian doesn’t get the recognition of some of our other skill players but he is a vital part of our team chemistry.”

He also plays baseball and runs winter track. In addition, he’s on student council and DEKKA and a member of the Relay for Life publicity committee.

Cole’s favorites include “The Dark Knight”, Tom Brady and Jonny Gomes, and AP History teacher Brendan Cripps.

Miguel Cumba

Greater Lawrence Cross Country

Perfect Attendance

The dedicated junior hasn’t missed a practice in his cross country career.

“He was named captain this year,” said coach Jay Santomassino. “He’s running in the shadow of (state vocational champ) Yosvaldy Tejada but he’d be the No. 1 runner on any other team in the conference.”

Cumba placed third at the conference meet with a 17:50 over 3.1 miles.

“My freshman year, I didn’t know what my sport would be,” said Cumba. “A friend invited me. I didn’t know anything about it. I’d get tired but I kept running and running and running.”

Cumba, a year-round runner, immigrated to Lawrence from the Dominican Republic in seventh grade. His favorite runner is the late Steve Prefontaine and his favorite food is pasta.

Michelle Giambarresi

Haverhill Volleyball

Persistent Hillie

The youngest of six children, Giambaressi has a no-quit attitude. She was cut in middle school but decided to try out again in ninth grade.

“Coach Kady Beaudoin was awesome. She cultivated my love for volleyball,” said Giambarresi.

This year the 5-9 junior started at opposite hitter for the Hillies, helping them stun unbeaten Peabody in the playoffs and reach the Division 1 North finals.

“She is rarely in the paper but her role is crucial to our success,” said head coach Bill Kaste.

Her sister, Amy (HHS ‘04), also played for Kaste.

Michelle works at Market Basket and is a member of the science club. She enjoys spending time with “my volleyball girls” and her favorites include “The Wizard of Oz”, English teacher Ernie Andrews, singer Carrie Underwood and volleyball player Destiny Hooker.