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April 26, 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.

TYLER TANNIAN

Whittier Lacrosse

Natural Leader

Coach Ryan Richards said, “He’s a leader on and off the field. He was average last year but his dedication in the offseason is really showing. He’s become one of the top players on the team.”

The junior said his career highlight was his overtime goal last year that earned the Wildcats a playoff berth.

The 5-5 125-pounder wrestled at 113 pounds this winter. His brother, Jake Tannian, wrestled (quad-captain in 2009-10) and played football at Whittier.

Tannian, a Haverhill resident, is studying plumbing and heating. This summer he’ll be landscaping at Renaissance Golf Club. His hobbies include snowboarding at Sunday River and water skiing at Lake Ossipee. His favorite teacher is shop teacher Karl Jacobson.

DICKY AZIZ

Methuen Baseball

Great Teammate

A second-team All-MVC lineman in football, Aziz embraces a different role in baseball.

“He has a limited chance of playing and he knows it,” said Rangers coach Eric Cyr. “His role is A, to be a great teammate. He won our Coaches Award last year. He’s just a great kid. I can’t say enough about him. The kids all look up to him.”

Aziz is ranked in the top 15 percent of his class and was accepted to 9 of 10 colleges he applied to. His father, Richard, was a Methuen golf and hockey captain. His sister, Amanda, was a field hockey captain and their younger brothers Danny (baseball, football, wrestling) and Luke (track) are Ranger athletes.

Dicky is a bagger at Market Basket in Haverhill and is a member of the “Don’t Stop Believing” team in Relay for Life.

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