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November 8, 2013

Saluting our area's Unsung Heroes

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

Coaches or ADs should send nominations to Unsung Heroes writer Michael Muldoon at mmuldoon@eagletribune.com.

Lauren Arsenault

Methuen Swimming

Ranger Lifesaver

Coach Jason Smith said of the junior, “As the team has faced numerous injuries and illnesses this year, Lauren has been a lifesaver with her versatility. She is one of the most supportive and caring swimmers we have.”

Arsenault earned a second and two thirds at the MVC Division 2 Meet. The Arsenault clan has been good to Smith and the Rangers. Her sister, Meaghan, and cousin Chanelle, were also Methuen swim standouts.

Swimming can be a draining sport but Lauren still finds time to get top grades (ranked 59th in a class of 436), play basketball and lacrosse, play saxophone in the band, work at Claire’s at the Loop and serve as president of Best Buddies.

Her favorite teacher is AP chemistry teacher Esperanza Lalinde.

Ashley Richard

Notre Dame Swimming

Tough as Nails

The Notre Dame of Tyngsboro junior from Haverhill placed second in the 500 freestyle and fourth in the 200 freestyle at the MVC Division 2 Meet.

“Ashley is a tough-as-nails competitor,” said NDA coach Greg Steinberg. “She works hard at practice and puts in a lot of time and effort to her schoolwork and her community.”

Richard also runs indoor and outdoor track. Her older sister, Alexa, swam at NDA and now plays tennis at Lyndon State.

Ashley is involved in student council and plays piano at Sacred Hearts Church in Bradford. She’s a lifeguard at Bradford Swim Club and her favorites include country singers Taylor Swift and Luke Bryan and swimmer Dana Vollmer.

Domini Batista

Greater Lawrence Soccer

Much Respect

Reggies coach Chris Plourde said, “Domini has become an incredibly motivating leader. All the girls respect her because when she has an opportunity to play, she give it everything she has. It is rare to see Domini lose a 50/50 ball.”

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