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February 1, 2013

Saluting the Unsung Heroes of local sports

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“She was cut her junior year. ... Instead of being bitter, Ashlee rose to the occasion to help the team,” said Ranger coach Karen McLaughlin.

Byron took a brief timeout from her duties to attend the presidential inauguration.

“It was crazy. Just how many people were there. The whole mall was filled,” said Byron.

Byron has been a youth basketball coach and is a talented musician. She’s a member of Methuen’s marching band and has played the alta saxaphone since fourth grade.

Ashlee works at Checkered Flag Go-Karts and throws the javelin for the spring track team. The Danica Patrick fan’s dream car is a red Chrysler Crossfire.

ZACH BROWN

Haverhill Swimming

Personal Best

The senior gives his best in and out of the pool. His hard work paid off recently when he realized his long-held goal to go under 1:20 in the 100 breaststroke.

“Coach (George Nigro) wanted me to do it and I finally got it done,” said Brown, who touched the wall in 1:19.5. “I was so glad. So relieved.”

Brown is ranked in the top 7 percent of his class and has been accepted to Providence and St. Michael’s. He’s waiting on Bowdoin and Holy Cross. Brown, who was a skier his freshman year, plans to study international relations.

Zach, whose freshman brother Danny also swims for the Hillies, throws the javelin in spring track.

Brown is an Eagle Scout and a den leader for Cub Scout Pack 27. This summer he’ll be working at Crescent Farms ice cream stand in Haverhill.

MEAGHAN BELTON

Lawrence Basketball

Coaches Dream

“Meaghan will not be outworked by anybody,” said Lancer coach Dan Blouin. “She has come a long way in four years. She has been around through state tourney wins and 1-19 seasons and she has never missed a day. She is just an all-around great kid.”

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