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February 1, 2013

Saluting the Unsung Heroes of local sports

Saluting the overachievers, the quiet leaders and the often overlooked athletes in local high school sports.

KELSEY PERRAULT

Salem Basketball

Mother Hen

Salem coach Anne Alosa said of the senior, “She is the mother hen, holding her teammates to the highest of standards.”

The mother hen description is apt. Perrault is always helping others. She’s a co-captain in basketball and tennis, a student council representative and works as a nanny in the summer.

Perrault, who plays No. 3 singles and doubles in tennis, plans to attend Keene State to become an elementary school teacher. Her brother, Eric, is a senior pitcher for the Keene baseball team. Their father, Ted Perrault, played basketball at Salem.

Kelsey is a huge Kenny Chesney fan whose other favorites include The Notebook, Katherine Heigl and Maria Sharapova. When she makes her first million, she’ll be shopping for a white BMW.

JACOB PETTIS

Haverhill Track

Hillie Family

The Pettis family bleeds Haverhill Brown and Gold.

Jacob’s brother, Brett, was a football and volleyball star, earning Eagle-Tribune MVP honors in the latter. Their sister Victoria, father Vincent and mother Shannon all teach at Haverhill High and Vincent is the offensive coordinator in football. Victoria is a volleyball coach.

“Jacob found his niche in running,” said Hillie coach Mike Maguire. “He was a co-captain in cross country and has lowered his mile time from 5:14 to 5:02 and two-mile time from 11:12 to 10:55.”

Jacob, a 5-7, 125-pound senior, lists his career highlight scoring in a meet for the first time this winter. Pettis will be giving up volleyball to run track this spring.

The Beatles fanatic wants to continue the family tradition and become a history teacher. His favorite TV channel? The History Channel.

ASHLEE BYRON

Methuen Basketball

Flying High

Byron, who plans to enlist in the Army to embark on a career in aviation, is the Methuen team manager.

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