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September 27, 2013

Saluting our Area's Unsung Heroes

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Gabe Pena

Salem Football

King of Pena

From humble beginnings, Pena has earned a starting position.

Coach Rob Pike said, “He has worked hard for four years to make himself a better football player. He’s a tireless worker in the weight room. He’s the definition of a self-made player.”

His brother, Juan Pena, and cousin, Jason Martinez, also play for Salem.

Gabe, a 5-8, 185-pound fullback/linebacker, hopes to play next year for Plymouth State or Castleton State.

He plays drums for his church, IBH in Lawrence, and also competes in winter and spring track.

Pena’s favorite athlete is Adrian Peterson and his favorite teacher is Mr. (Rob) McLaughlin for business. His career highlight was his two sacks this season against Memorial.

John Nevin

Andover Football

High V

John Denison Nevin V is following in his father’s footsteps with his name and with his career plans.

He hopes to study engineering at Virginia Tech, James Madison, UNH or UMass.

Coach E.J. Perry called the 5-9, 165-pounder “the lead man on the defensive scout team.”

Nevin said, “I’m not the biggest, fastest or strongest but I love it.”

John also is a thrower on the winter and spring track teams. His identical twin, Julius, runs cross country, winter track and spring track.

Nevin enjoys fishing for striper and a few years back caught a 26-incher in the Merrimack River on the family boat “The Schnupp.”

A talented musician, he plays guitar, piano and clarinet and is learning the violin.

Cate Donovan

Andover Cross Country

Mentally Tough

Coach Leo Lafond said, “Cate is a great kid. She is a very focused and mentally tough runner who always gives 100 percent.”

That was certainly the case against North Andover, when the junior, a returning MVC All-Star, closed strong to help clinch the win for the Golden Warriors. She was Andover’s No. 3 runner.

The 5-foot-2 Donovan is a second-generation Golden Warrior. Her father, Daniel Donovan, played soccer for Andover.

Donovan loves running for the Blue and Gold. “The people are awesome,” she said.

The former gymnast is a year-round runner who enjoys reading and hiking. Cate has climbed Mount Washington, among other places.

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