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January 18, 2013

Saluting the Unsung Heroes of high school sports

ERIC MAILLET

Methuen Track

Steady Improvement

Eric wasn’t sure he wanted to be a distance runner but his friend, Ron Andronico, convinced him and he and the Rangers are glad he did.

Maillet has been a year-round runner since his freshman year. The 5-11, 135-pound senior has made steady improvement, cutting his top mile time from 6:56 to 5:31. Last year he earned a big mile win in a multi-team meet.

“Eric has been a real trooper for four years,” said Rangers coach Roger Fuller. “He never misses a practice. He works hard and is a great role model for our young runners.”

Maillet, whose older sister Nicole ran for the Rangers, is also a worker in the classroom. He took AP Biology last year and scored a 4 on the AP exam. This year he’s taking AP Psychology. He plans on pursuing a pharmacy major at the University of New England.

In his free time, Maillet enjoys listening to Breaking Benjamin and Three Days Grace.

AUDREY ZERO

North Andover Gymnastics

Grounded Zero

After five years away from the sport, Zero returned to competition in this her freshman year at North Andover. Zero said her friend, Kaitlyn Fotino, convinced her to get back into the sport.

Her love of the sport is evident with her ever-present smile in the gym.

“She is an extremely hard worker and a fast learner,” said Knights coach Jenn Mangano. “She is already working back tucks on the floor, kips on bars and handspring vaults and cartwheels on the beam. Not only is her work ethic amazing, but she is also a great teammate.”

Audrey’s brother, John, is a junior who plays lacrosse for the Knights.

The 5-foot-3 Zero’s favorites include Justin Bieber, Olympic hero Gabby Douglas, the TV show Dance Moms and the movie Pitcher Perfect.

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