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November 8, 2013

Saluting our area's Unsung Heroes

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The senior, who only began playing last season, scored her first goal against PMA. To celebrate, her father took her out for her favorite, Chinese food. Her older brother, Enderson, did soccer, swimming and baseball for the Reggies.

Domini, who also plays tennis, is a top student who is applying to Brandeis, BU, Fitchburg State and UMass Boston. She hopes to study international corporate law.

Batista, who is studying biotechnology, moved to Lawrence from the Dominican Republic when she was about 5 years old.

Nick Vicenty

PMA Cross Country

Most Improved

Vicenty, a sophomore from Haverhill, has improved his personal best by five minutes this fall.

“Nick is a hard worker,” said coach Brian Martin. “He puts his heart and soul into the sport. He’s always mentally strong and is constantly pushing himself to be a better runner.”

Vicenty is a big fan of his coach.

“He’s a great coach. He’s nice but pushes me and I like that,” said Vicenty, who had his best effort of the season at the league championships.

Nick is a member of the technology club and hopes to pursue a career in engineering like his father.

Vicenty was born in Puerto Rico but moved to Haverhill when he was only a few months old. He enjoys volleyball and Star Wars movies. His favorite teacher is Sister Lorraine.

Alex LeBlanc

Timberlane Field Hockey

The Right Stuff

Coach Mim Ryan said of the senior from Atkinson, “Tell her what to do and she’ll work to get it right.”

That perseverance helped her earn a starting berth this fall and finally make varsity as a junior, which she called her career highlight.

“I went the extra mile,” said LeBlanc.

She also skis (captain-elect), plays softball and is in the band. Academically she’s in the top 15 percent of the class. As if that wasn’t enough, she also works at the Early Bird Cafe.

LeBlanc is high on Wheelock, St. Anselm’s and Merrimack College. Her favorites include history teacher Dan Donnellan, skier Lindsey Vonn and macaroni and cheese.

Alex’s sister, Noelle, plays on the JV field hockey team.

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