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February 20, 2013

Different sports, similar success

Coufos twins split up after soccer, deliver for Knights

North Andover soccer coach Bud McCarthy put it best during the fall when he said about Eleni Coufos, “She has been playing in the shadow of her sister (Pam) for years. Eleni is a very good player in her own right.”

Yes, Eleni has been in her sister’s shadow as far as sports go. But fraternal twins Pam and Eleni Coufos of North Andover High are both having fantastic senior years athletically.

Both were Eagle-Tribune All-Stars in soccer this fall. Pam is starring as the varsity basketball team’s starting point guard right now. The tri-captain made eight big steals in a win over Methuen last Friday. Meanwhile, Eleni is starring in track. She set the school record in the 600 meters (1:42.23) this winter.

Pam has enjoyed the better sports career. She was a four-year starter and two-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star in soccer, while Eleni worked her way up the ladder, playing on the freshmen team and not earning a full-time varsity position until this year.

Meanwhile, both played basketball at a young age, but Eleni developed other interests as she grew older while Pam never lost her passion for the sport.

“My sister got more interested in dance,” said Pam, who is averaging 4.7 points as the Knights’ starting point guard. “She’s more girly than me, and I just stuck with basketball because I really liked it and she didn’t really like it as much anymore. She’s more interested in running (now).”

Both Pam and Eleni said they have never been very competitive with each other. Eleni was just happy to make the freshman soccer team.

“(Pam’s) always been the really good one (at sports) and I never really stood out as much as she did but this year we both really had strong (soccer) seasons,” added Eleni, who is a quad-captain in track. “She was more offensive and I was more midfield and defense so I wasn’t really recognized. But it was really fun playing with her all these years.”

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