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February 9, 2013

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One step away

Former Pinkerton and UNH hockey star Paul Thompson can’t help but dream about the call that would fulfill his dream, a promotion to the NHL.

“It’s something you think about every day when you walk into the gym,” said Thompson. “Playing in the NHL would be the culmination of a dream, It would be great for me, but also my family who has put so much into my hockey career.”

Thompson is currently one step from the NHL, as a member of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the AHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins. He is second in the team in goals with 14. Its his second full season with the Pens, scoring 10 goals a season ago.

After growing up in Derry, Thompson now spends his offseasons in Boston, while his parents are now in Bristol, N.H.

“I’ve been battling a hand problem, but the AHL has been a great experience,” he said. “I’ve been able to score some goals. Now I hope to take that next step.”

Kirchner to Merrimack

Central Catholic offensive lineman Sean Kirchner will be playing his college football on the same street he played his home games, at Lawrence Stadium.

The feisty All-MVC guard has committed to play football at Merrimack College. The 6-foot, 280-pounder didn’t start playing football until his sophomore season.

Flaherty set

for Bates

Andover’s Jake Flaherty has also made his college plans. The linebacker will be playing football at Bates College in the fall. He was accepted early-decision.

Flaherty broke out in 2012, making 108 tackles and catching the only pass of his career, the game-changing two-point conversion on Thanksgiving Day.

Pollack a Revs girl

Andover’s Wendy Pollack this week was named the newest member of the New England Revolutions’ “Revs Girls” promotion team. Pollack, a 2009 Andover High grad and former Golden Warrior soccer player who has battled cancer, recently won the final audition.

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