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November 21, 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.

Zach Stewart

Timberlane Football

A Wise Owl

Stewart, said wcoach Kevin Fitzgerald, knew the responsibilities of all five offensive linemen.

“He was invaluable,” sawid the coach.

In addition to starting in football, the 5-10, 225-pound senior starts for the perennial state champion wrestling team. He placed fifth at Division 1 States last year while wrestling up at 285 pounds.

He’s ranked 94th in a class of 386 students and hopes to continue his wrestling career at Plymouth State or Bridgewater State.

During the summer, “Stewie” works at Leslie Pools in Salem. The Plaistow resident enjoys fishing at Angle Pond in Sandown. His favorites include Minnesota back Adrian Peterson, constitutional law teacher Jim Kelly, “Friday Night Lights” and chicken parm.

Pat Shea

Andover Football

Scholar-Athlete

The quad-captain was Andover’s most committed player in the offseason.

“He never missed a winter workout or a lift,” said coach E.J. Perry of the 5-11, 175-pound offensive lineman/linebacker. “He has always been undersized but has been willing to go against the biggest and toughest players on the team.”

Shea is a terrific student who scored a 2,080 on his SATs and earned a 5 on his physics AP test. He’s applying early decision to Dartmouth and is also applying to Lehigh and Brown.

Summers he works at Brooks Day Camp and he enjoys longboarding and playing basketball.

Shea’s favorites include “Anchor Man”, ribs, “Breaking Bad”, Reggae-folk singer Trevor Hall and English teacher Jane Stevenson.

Carmen Rivera

Greater Lawrence Cross Country

Record-Setter

The junior captain broke the record at the Reggies’ home course, won the CAC Lower Division meet title and placed 14th at the State Vocational meet.

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