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


Salem Volleyball

Nothing But Respect

Coach John Roemer said, “He came to every practice and gave 100% all the time with no complaints. He was in a tough role knowing that he might not get tons of play time. He earned a lot of respect from the coaches and the players.”

A National Honor Society student, Nick graduated in the top 15 percent of his class and will study actuarial science at UConn. Kloza, a 5-foot-11 setter who also played soccer for the Blue Devils, took AP exams in calculus and statistics.

Nick, a graduate of Woodbury Middle School, is a bus boy at Black Water Grill in Salem. He has a cat named Wasabi.

Kloza’s favorites include the movie “Avengers: Endgame,” the TV show “Family Guy,” the group Juice Wrld, ex-Celtic great Paul Pierce, the book “The Autobiography of Gucci Mane,” and history teacher Ben Adams.


Haverhill Track

Superior Leader

Quigley is only a junior but he’s already a captain in indoor and outdoor track. He was also the starting center in football.

Track coach Mike Maguire said, “He’s always the last one to leave the weight room and is always doing the little things to improve his technique. He has set personal bests in the shot put and discus. He sets a great example for the rest of the team because of his work ethic and attention to detail.”

The 5-9, 220-pounder from J.G. Whittier Middle School is a National Honor Society finalist. He has three cats (Pumpkin, Stella and Sassy) and two dogs: a black Lab (Sadie) and a Chihuahua-terrier mix (Stevie).

Jon’s favorites include the bonfire boneless wings at Sparky’s, actor Robert Downey Jr., the book “The Road” and AP Statistics with Patricia Giampa.


Lawrence Baseball

The Best Teammate

Lancer coach Kevin Fielding said, “Elvis is the hardest worker, best teammate and best leader. He hasn’t missed a day of practice in two years and he’s an animal in the weight room, as well.”

A dedicated scholar, Rosario attended Upward Bound and will study business/finance at UMass Lowell. The 5-10, 180-pound pitcher hopes to walk on to the baseball team.

Rosario grew up in the famed baseball city of San Pedro de Macorís in the Dominican, moved to Paterson, New Jersey from 2010-2016 and to Lawrence for his sophomore year.

Baseball is his love. As Rosario said, “It’s 24-7.”

His favorites include the movie “Major League,” mangu (a Dominican plantain dish), the TV show “Arrow,” the hip hop group “Migos,” and Lawrence teachers Stephanie DeSantis (math) and Holly Jones (writing).


Salem Volleyball

Positive Vibe

Coach John Roemer said, “He always brought energy and a positive vibe to the gym. He’s a great kid to be around.”

Whipple, a 6-foot-1 senior, was a reserve for the state champion Blue Devils. He also played soccer for Salem. Ranked 33rd in a class of 260, the National Honor Society student plans to study civil engineering at UMass Lowell.

He works at Market Basket in Salem and did an internship at Turf Depot, fixing lawnmowers and snowblowers. Keagan has two cats: Odie and Damaian. One of the Woodbury Middle School graduate’s passions is building Estes Rockets.

Whipple’s favorites include buffalo chicken, the TV show “Chopped,” the rapper Logic, the movie “Avengers: Endgame,” feisty Bruins forward Brad Marchand and Salem High math teacher Danielle MacDonald.


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