EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 21, 2013

Saluting our Area's Unsung Heroes

Michael Muldoon
mmuldoon@eagletribune.com

---- — 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.

“She holds everyone accountable and focused at practice,” said Greater Lawrence coach Jay Santomassino.

She runs spring track and this winter plans to swim for the Reggies. Her sister, Lisomar, a sophomore, runs for the Reggies while her sister, Stefanie, a senior, plays tennis.

The 4-foot-11 Rivera is a member of the National Honor Society. The business technology student also competes in SkillsUSA.

Carmen moved from Lowell to Methuen in middle school. She spent her first seven years in Puerto Rico.

Rivera is a fan of “White Chicks,” tacos, “Friends,” Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” and Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter.

Erin Henrick

PMA Cross Country

Miles of Smiles

Coach Brian Martin said, “We witnessed her hard work pay off with a personal best at the State Meet. She has the biggest smile in the Merrimack Valley and it is contagious.”

The sophomore from Methuen comes from a long line of Henrick athletes including her cousin Kyle, one of the leading tacklers for the Salve Regina University football team, and her father, Tim, who played football and ran track at Greater Lawrence. Her brother, seventh grader Sean, is a promising soccer player.

Erin, who switched over from soccer, also plays basketball and runs spring track. She also enjoys water skiing. Her career goal is to become a nurse.

Henrick’s favorites include history teacher Steve Stankus, the TV show “Pretty Little Liars” and Bruins star Zdeno Chara.

Bryam Discua

Haverhill Football

Hard Work Pays Off

Coach Tim O’Connor said, “He’s worked four years to break the starting lineup and finally did so this year on certain sets. He’s dedicated himself in the weight room and is a firm believer in the program. He’s come a long way in the classroom to become a complete student-athlete.”

Discua, who is nicknamed “Bryam Dawkins” after the former heavy-hitting Eagles defensive back Brian Dawkins, made a big play for the Brown and Gold by recovering a muffed punt during a tie game against North Andover.

Of his unusual first name, he said his mother just wanted something different.

The 5-9, 150-pound Discua moved from Stamford, Conn., to Haverhill in seventh grade. He’d always just been a football player but says he plans on doing winter track and lacrosse this year.