Northeast Times

Spring into action

— Here's a look at the spring and an­nu­al award win­ners who will be honored at the 27th an­nu­al North­east Sports Awards Ban­quet on May 16.

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At the end of the fall and winter sports sea­sons, area stu­dent-ath­letes and coaches were honored by the North­east Times for their ex­cel­lence on the field and as ex­em­plary mem­bers of their school’s com­munity off of it.

And al­though there is still plenty of spring sea­son left to go in base­ball and soft­ball, it is again the Times’ pleas­ure to an­nounce the re­cip­i­ents of the spring hon­ors — as well as the an­nu­al award win­ners — in time for the 27th an­nu­al North­east Sports Awards Ban­quet on May 16.

The ban­quet will re­cog­nize some of North­east Phil­adelphia’s top com­pet­it­ors who have en­ter­tained us all with their tal­ent, work eth­ic and com­mit­ment to high school and col­legi­ate ath­let­ics. More than 30 awards will be presen­ted in such cat­egor­ies as Most Cour­ageous Ath­lete, Un­sung Hero, Schol­ar Ath­lete, Sports­man­ship Award, and Play­er and Coach of the Year, among many oth­ers.

Here are the top ath­letes and coaches chosen for hon­ors by the North­east Times:

SPRING AWARDS

Girls Soc­cer Coach of the Year

Markos Pit­taoulis, Little Flower

Al­though the Times waited un­til the Pub­lic League spring soc­cer sea­son played out, there was nev­er a doubt that Little Flower’s Markos Pit­taoulis was worthy of the North­east’s top coach­ing award. Pit­taoulis guided his team to an im­press­ive 10-3-1 mark in the al­ways-chal­len­ging Cath­ol­ic League. (Little Flower lost a 3-2 heart­break­er to three-time reign­ing cham­pi­on Arch­bish­op Wood in the cham­pi­on­ship game.)

Un­der Pit­taoulis’ tu­tel­age, Little Flower outscored op­pon­ents by 24 goals and re­cor­ded five shutouts. His guid­ance helped ju­ni­or mid­field­er Ur­sula Coyle to be se­lec­ted by the Times as the Cath­ol­ic League Girls Soc­cer Play­er of the Year in the fall after tal­ly­ing 12 goals dur­ing Little Flower’s suc­cess­ful sea­son.

Pub­lic League Girls Soc­cer Play­er  of the Year

Rachel Gil­borges, Frank­lin Towne Charter

It is no sur­prise to see a stu­dent-ath­lete from Frank­lin Towne Charter take home the sport’s top award, as head coach Bri­anna O’Don­nell has helped shape the Coyotes in­to a re­spec­ted soc­cer team. At press time this week, Frank­lin Towne had a 7-3 re­cord and was in the midst of an­oth­er suc­cess­ful sea­son.

The team has outscored op­pon­ents 42-5 in those sev­en wins, in large part due to the play of Rachel Gil­borges, one of the Coyotes’ many tal­en­ted play­ers. Gil­borges has scored in six of those wins and tal­lied mul­tiple goals in five of them, in­clud­ing a hat-trick in a March 28 win against Bod­ine.

Base­ball Coach of the Year

Sam Feld­man, North­east

When long­time North­east base­ball coach Sam Feld­man spoke to the Times in late March about the pro­spects for his 2012 team, he said to ex­pect a re­build­ing cam­paign. His pro­gnost­ic­a­tion wasn’t far-fetched, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing the Vik­ings went 2-12 a year ago and suffered through lots of turnover, wheth­er be­cause of in­jur­ies or play­ers not in­vited back to give the pro­gram a fresh start.

With some re­align­ment help (North­east moved from Di­vi­sion A to Di­vi­sion B) this sea­son, as well as the guid­ance of their vet­er­an coach, the Vik­ings have un­ex­pec­tedly thrived, roar­ing to a 7-1 start thus far this sea­son. Led by seni­or cap­tain and Male Ath­lete of the Year win­ner Howard Lynn, the Vik­ings of­fense has av­er­aged al­most 12 runs a game this sea­son, as Feld­man’s steady pres­ence at the end of the North­east bench has his play­ers be­liev­ing in their abil­ity on and off the field.

Pub­lic League Base­ball Play­er  of the Year

Au­gusto Or­tega, Frank­ford

With eight starters re­turn­ing from last year’s Pub­lic League cham­pi­on­ship team, it’s no sur­prise to see Frank­ford at the top of the Di­vi­sion A stand­ings at a per­fect 11-0. That said, no team wins any­thing on pa­per, and seni­or center­field­er Au­gusto Or­tega has helped the Pi­on­eers real­ize their full po­ten­tial in the quest for back-to-back titles.

The speed­ster is a leadoff hit­ter in every sense of the word, con­stantly get­ting on base and wreak­ing hav­oc on the basepaths. The 5-foot-9, 145-pound­er’s quick­ness makes him a scor­ing threat any time he puts his bat on the ball, and he also chips in on the mound when the Pi­on­eers need pitch­ing help, though he prefers be­ing the team’s de­fens­ive quar­ter­back in center­field.

Head coach Juan Namnun praised Or­tega, call­ing him “one of the fast­est play­ers in the city” and “one of our team’s best hit­ters, peri­od” on a squad loaded with of­fens­ive fire­power.

Cath­ol­ic League Base­ball Play­er  of the Year

Bobby Ro­mano, Arch­bish­op Ry­an High School

As one of the young­er award-win­ners this sea­son, Bobby Ro­mano’s tim­ing has been im­pec­cable for the Ry­an base­ball team. With last year’s gradu­ation of the team’s top two play­ers, Kev­in Mack and Eric Frain, the Raid­ers needed someone on their young team to step up, and their sopho­more second base­man has done so in a big way.

A play­off team the last two years, Ry­an cur­rently sits at 4-4 and in second place in the Cath­ol­ic League Red Di­vi­sion, two games be­hind first-place La Salle. Un­ex­pec­tedly strong play from the di­min­ut­ive Ro­mano has helped the team stay in the hunt as a play­off con­tender. He has crushed three home runs, in­clud­ing two in a 16-0 win over ar­chrival Fath­er Judge on April 17.

“We cer­tainly didn’t ex­pect what we’ve seen from him this early, but he’s a pretty darn good hit­ter,” Ry­an coach Ron Ger­hart said re­cently. “He has un­be­liev­able hands and feet that make him a good two-way play­er, and as a five-tool play­er he’s show­ing he has what it takes to be a suc­cess in this league.”

Soft­ball Coach of the Year

Dave Schafer, St. Hubert

Dave Schafer is no stranger to ac­col­ades as head coach of the St. Hubert soft­ball team, es­pe­cially with the Bam­bies hav­ing won the Cath­ol­ic League cham­pi­on­ship two sea­sons ago and ad­van­cing to the title game last year. Schafer’s team has picked up where it left off, ra­cing to a 9-2 re­cord in 2012, with the only league blem­ish com­ing in a 2-1 loss to neigh­bor­hood rival Arch­bish­op Ry­an on April 10.

A soft­ball coach for much of his ca­reer, Schafer re­cently picked up his 400th ca­reer vic­tory in a 3-0 win over State Col­lege on April 23. In his sev­enth year as head coach of the Bam­bies, Schafer has re­cor­ded more than 100 wins at Hubert, and he hopes to add an­oth­er Cath­ol­ic League cham­pi­on­ship trophy to his man­tel later this sea­son.

Cath­ol­ic League Soft­ball Play­er  of the Year

Erica Ragazzo­ne, St. Hubert

In a league with so many tal­en­ted play­ers, Erica Ragazzo­ne still finds ways to stand out above the pack. The St. Hubert ju­ni­or is quickly be­com­ing one of the best soft­ball play­ers to ever suit up for the school, in both the pitch­ing circle and at the plate.

Ragazzo­ne is a reas­on why the Bam­bies could end this sea­son as Cath­ol­ic League champs, the third time in as many sea­sons that the Bam­bies’ star play­er could help the school take home that hon­or. A shut­down pitch­er, Ragazzo­ne has factored in every Hubert de­cision this year but one, com­pil­ing an 8-2 re­cord capped off by a 10-strikeout no-hit­ter in the April 23 win over State Col­lege.

Ragazzo­ne also is one of the team’s most-feared hit­ters; she has four home runs and re­gistered three RBI or more four times. Her arm and her bat have helped the Bam­bies outscore op­pon­ents by 85-19 in 2012, stel­lar ac­com­plish­ments for a stel­lar stu­dent-ath­lete.

Pub­lic League Soft­ball Play­er  of the Year

Jes­sica Figueroa, Ab­ra­ham Lin­coln

The Ab­ra­ham Lin­coln soft­ball team has had much suc­cess the last two sea­sons, and Jes­sica Figueroa is a big reas­on why. The seni­or righthan­ded pitch­er helped guide a high-scor­ing, strong-pitch­ing Railsplit­ters team to a first-round play­off berth, and Lin­coln ap­pears headed that way again with the help of Figueroa. Lin­coln has a 7-2 re­cord so far this sea­son, and Figueroa has earned six of those wins.

Paul Com­marota’s team is hop­ing its star play­er can leave an even lar­ger Lin­coln im­print on the Pub­lic League play­offs. With Figueroa’s golden right arm and a high-octane of­fense be­hind her, the Railsplit­ters are again think­ing post­season.

ldquo;She’s very, very good,” Lin­coln ath­let­ic dir­ect­or Ed Mc­Get­tigan re­cently told the Times. “Not only is she a fant­ast­ic pitch­er, but she’s a pres­ence in the middle of the or­der and she also can field her po­s­i­tion. All around, she’s a fant­ast­ic stu­dent-ath­lete.”

AN­NU­AL AWARDS

Col­lege Play­er of the Year

Sammy Zegl­in­ski, Uni­versity of Vir­gin­ia

For North­east nat­ive Sammy Zegl­in­ski, it tends to be a fam­ily af­fair. The Penn Charter gradu­ate re­cently fin­ished a stel­lar bas­ket­ball ca­reer at the Uni­versity of Vir­gin­ia, help­ing guide the Cava­liers to their first NCAA Tour­na­ment since 2008. The 6-foot-1 guard av­er­aged 8.6 points, 3.4 re­bounds, 2.7 as­sists and 1.6 steals as Vir­gin­ia won 22 games in a turn­around sea­son in the al­ways-dif­fi­cult At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence, which houses the likes of Duke Uni­versity and the Uni­versity of North Car­o­lina.

For his ca­reer, Zegl­in­ski ranks fifth in school his­tory with 200 three-point­ers and 10th with 156 steals. He played in 121 games and led Vir­gin­ia in three-point­ers three times in his four full sea­sons in Char­lottes­ville.

Zegl­in­ski comes from a proud North­east sports fam­ily: eld­est broth­er Za­ck was a three-sport standout at Penn Charter, older broth­er Joe was one of the more ac­com­plished play­ers to ever put on an Arch­bish­op Ry­an bas­ket­ball jer­sey (he went on to to star at the Uni­versity of Hart­ford), and young­er sis­ter Christina is a ju­ni­or and catch­er on the Rag­dolls’ soft­ball team.

Holy Fam­ily Uni­versity  Fe­male Ath­lete of the Year

Dawn Curry, soc­cer

Even though her Holy Fam­ily soc­cer ca­reer ended last fall, Dawn Curry may still be tak­ing stock of all of her ac­com­plish­ments at the school.

The seni­or set a new ca­reer-high with 15 goals this sea­son for the Ti­gers, lead­ing her team in scor­ing with 34 points (a mark that was good for second in the en­tire CACC, Holy Fam­ily’s con­fer­ence). Ad­di­tion­ally, Curry earned NSCAA All-East Re­gion hon­ors for the first time in her ca­reer, as well as Dak­tron­ics Inc. All-East first-team hon­ors. Curry fin­ished her Holy Fam­ily ca­reer ranked fourth all-time in scor­ing with 114 points; she also ranks fourth all-time with 48 goals and guided the Ti­gers to the NCAA Di­vi­sion II Tour­na­ment with her fifth game-win­ner of the sea­son in a 1-0 cham­pi­on­ship game tri­umph over Phil­adelphia Uni­versity (she also was named the tour­na­ment’s most valu­able play­er).

Holy Fam­ily Uni­versity Male Ath­lete of the Year

Khiry Hankins, bas­ket­ball

Khiry Hankins’ ca­reer sea­son came at a very op­por­tune time for Holy Fam­ily, as the ju­ni­or helped lead the Ti­gers to their best fin­ish since the 2008 sea­son. The squad also went to the con­fer­ence tour­na­ment for the first time since 2009.

Hankins earned All-CACC hon­ors for the first time in his ca­reer, and his 16.8 points per game was good for sixth in the con­fer­ence dur­ing the sea­son. His 81 three-point­ers were third in the CACC, and that mark ranked among the na­tion’s lead­ers.

A pro­lif­ic scorer for the Ti­gers, Hankins topped 30 points three times this sea­son, in­clud­ing a ca­reer-high 35 in a win over Uni­versity of the Sci­ences on Jan. 26. In that game he drained a ca­reer-high nine three-point­ers, which ranked fourth in all of Di­vi­sion II this sea­son. What really set Hankins apart was his con­sist­ency — as he scored in double-fig­ures in the team’s last 15 games. In fact, he had more than 15 points in nine of those games.

Most Cour­ageous Ath­lete of the Year

Gor­don Dun­lop, Fath­er Judge

It has been about 18 months since Gor­don Dun­lop’s world was shattered forever when his moth­er died of kid­ney can­cer, but the seni­or Fath­er Judge golfer still car­ries her memory every time he steps onto the links.

A two-time All-Cath­ol­ic golfer for the Cru­saders, Dun­lop fin­ished with in­di­vidu­al hon­ors at the Dis­trict 12 Cham­pi­on­ship last Oc­to­ber, al­most a year to the day that his mom, Den­ise, suc­cumbed to a five-month battle with can­cer. Des­pite his loss, Dun­lop helped guide the Cru­saders to a fourth-place fin­ish in the Cath­ol­ic League cham­pi­on­ship and ul­ti­mately fell just short of a state cham­pi­on­ship bid after par­ti­cip­at­ing in the PI­AA East Re­gion Golf Cham­pi­on­ship, the only one on his team to qual­i­fy.

Grow­ing up in a soc­cer fam­ily (his fath­er is a mem­ber of the South­east­ern Pennsylvania Soc­cer Hall of Fame, and his uncle, John, is the head soc­cer coach at Judge), Dun­lop tried out for the golf team in his fresh­man year, and the rest is his­tory.

Golf­ing whenev­er the weath­er is pleas­ant enough to do so, Dun­lop of­ten wears or­ange when he plays as a sym­bol of the fight against the dis­ease that pre­ma­turely ended his moth­er’s life.

Sports­man­ship Award

An­thony Walk­er, Fath­er Judge

Many know An­thony Walk­er as a key con­trib­ut­or to the Judge foot­ball pro­gram; the 6-foot-3 seni­or de­fens­ive end helped the Cru­saders com­pile 20 wins in his three sea­sons as a varsity play­er. However, his con­tri­bu­tions may be felt even more with­in Judge’s com­munity, where the stu­dent coun­cil mem­ber is an ex­em­plary mem­ber of the stu­dent body.

Walk­er is an am­bas­sad­or for the school; he had a large hand in help­ing to plan Judge’s 40th an­nu­al bas­ket­ball mara­thon to raise money for leuk­emia re­search and pro­grams. The school’s stu­dent coun­cil worked hard to plan the mara­thon and, in the pro­cess, re­kindled a tra­di­tion that had been dormant for 20 years — mak­ing the event a 24-hour hap­pen­ing in which al­most 300 stu­dents brought their sleep­ing bags and pa­ja­mas to stay overnight and raise money for a good cause.

Above all else, Walk­er’s pos­it­ive, un­selfish at­ti­tude makes him an easy se­lec­tion for an award cel­eb­rat­ing sports­man­ship.

“I don’t per­son­ally know any­one who has leuk­emia,” Walk­er told the Times in March. “But I do know how happy people get when we do this every year. Any­time we can do something to help oth­er people, that’s what it’s all about.”

Un­sung Hero Award

Mo­hamed Conde, George Wash­ing­ton

When you’re on the same team with one of the top soc­cer play­ers in the Phil­adelphia Pub­lic League, it can be easy to stand in the shad­ows.

But Mo­hamed Conde shone even bright­er.

An All-Pub­lic League se­lec­tion as a sopho­more, Conde shared the pitch with su­per­star (and Boys Pub­lic League Soc­cer Play­er of the Year) Wilo Mim­bar, con­sidered by many to be the best soc­cer play­er in the city. But Conde nev­er com­plained about be­ing over­shad­owed by Mim­bar or any of Wash­ing­ton’s oth­er seni­or lead­ers, al­ways giv­ing 100 per­cent on and off the field. And though he may not have been in the spot­light as much as his more ex­per­i­enced team­mates, Conde played with the poise and pres­ence of a vet­er­an all sea­son long, help­ing Wash­ing­ton to a 13-1-1 sea­son, in­clud­ing the ul­ti­mate prize of a Pub­lic League cham­pi­on­ship.

And the Eagles know they nev­er would have got­ten there without their un­sung hero. With his team trail­ing 2-1 to Cent­ral in the Pub­lic League semi­finals, Conde scored the equal­izer with 10 minutes left in reg­u­la­tion, then sent Wash­ing­ton to the title game by scor­ing the game-win­ner with five minutes left in over­time.

Conde proved time and again that hard work and per­sever­ance do pay off. Al­though he is the Times’ un­sung hero this year, he left no doubt that he is a su­per­star in the mak­ing.

The North­east Phil­adelphi­an Award

An­drew Guckin, Arch­bish­op Wood High School

Com­ing from a fam­ily of Fath­er Judge foot­ball play­ers, An­drew Guckin wrote his own leg­acy this year — for Arch­bish­op Wood.

Guckin, a ju­ni­or line­back­er for the Vik­ings, was the key de­fens­ive lead­er on a team that won the PI­AA Class AAA state cham­pi­on­ship this sea­son. Wood opened the sea­son with a 20-17 loss to a Pitt­s­burgh-area team be­fore knock­ing off 14 con­sec­ut­ive wins. In those blo­wout vic­tor­ies, Guckin helped lead a de­fens­ive unit that didn’t al­low a first-half touch­down in any of the games. Wood pul­ver­ized its op­pon­ents, routinely reach­ing 40- and 50-point out­puts while pitch­ing five shutouts on de­fense.

Guckin is a May­fair nat­ive who moved to Southamp­ton in his child­hood, His shin­ing mo­ment came in Wood’s 52-0 cham­pi­on­ship win over an­oth­er Pitt­s­burgh-area school, Bish­op McDe­vitt. With his team already up 31-0, Guckin’s 75-yard in­ter­cep­tion re­turn for a touch­down was the ex­clam­a­tion point on one of the finer high school foot­ball sea­sons Phil­adelphia has seen in some time.

His fath­er Mark, uncle Vince (a 1979 Judge grad and mem­ber of the school’s foot­ball Hall of Fame) and cous­in Josh had ex­em­plary ca­reers for the Cru­saders, but Guckin’s place on such a spe­cial Wood team gave the soon-to-be-seni­or fam­ily brag­ging rights for years to come.

Fe­male Schol­ar Ath­lete of the Year

Tyanna Hud­son, Frank­ford

Of­ten in high school and col­legi­ate ath­let­ics, coaches and play­ers will em­phas­ize the im­port­ance of aca­dem­ics over sports; some­times the em­phas­is isn’t sin­cere and comes off as a bag of wind, but that cer­tainly is not the case with Tyanna Hud­son and the Frank­ford soft­ball team.

On the field, Hud­son has been a god­send for the Pi­on­eers. She has teamed with Chelsea Taylor in the pitch­ing circle, help­ing guide Frank­ford to an 8-2 re­cord to start the sea­son. In ad­di­tion, she has brought a thun­der­ous bat to the lineup, pa­cing a Pi­on­eers of­fense that has scored double-di­git runs in every game but one. Hud­son also is an ex­tra-base-hit ma­chine, and her most shin­ing per­form­ance came in a 20-7 win over Ol­ney. The seni­or went 5-for-5 with two home runs, a bases-loaded triple and eight RBI.

But more im­port­ant, Hud­son also is the lead­er of a team that preaches suc­cess in the classroom over ath­let­ic glory. All of coach Ken Tom­czuk’s play­ers from the last three years have gone on to col­lege or oth­er post-sec­ond­ary edu­ca­tion, and he spoke of Hud­son’s eag­n­er­ness to rally her team­mates to suc­ceed in school and to gath­er them for vol­un­tary study halls in Tom­czuk’s classroom.

The hard work is surely pay­ing off for Hud­son. She is lead­ing the Pi­on­eers to­ward the post­season and was honored with the Jack­ie Robin­son Award be­fore the April 15 Phil­lies game.

Male Schol­ar Ath­lete of the Year

Kev­in Nelms, Arch­bish­op Ry­an

A first-team All-Cath­ol­ic soc­cer play­er for Arch­bish­op Ry­an, Kev­in Nelms led the Raid­ers to a 13-4-1 sea­son and a berth in the Cath­ol­ic League quarterfi­nals this year, but his most im­press­ive con­tri­bu­tions have come in­side the classroom.

A Ry­an leg­acy (Nelms’ two broth­ers, uncles and fath­er played soc­cer for the Raid­ers), Nelms is a mem­ber of the Na­tion­al Hon­or So­ci­ety and the school’s stu­dent coun­cil. Be­cause of his suc­cess in the classroom, Nelms was in­vited to meet NASA as­tro­naut and Ry­an alum Chris Fer­guson dur­ing a vis­it to the school last fall. Nelms was one of 17 stu­dents to ac­com­pany Fer­guson to his col­lege alma ma­ter, Drexel Uni­versity, for a pan­el dis­cus­sion of NASA’s space-shuttle pro­gram.

Nelms car­ries a 4.0 grade-point av­er­age and plans to study en­gin­eer­ing in col­lege. He ex­pressed hope of con­tinu­ing his soc­cer ca­reer at the next level, but told the Times in the fall that his edu­ca­tion comes first.

George Todt, the Ry­an ath­let­ic dir­ect­or and soc­cer coach for the past four dec­ades, gives Nelms the highest praise, call­ing him a “su­perb stu­dent-ath­lete.”

Fe­male Ath­lete of the Year

Court­ney Weidner, Little Flower

Court­ney Weidner does it all for Little Flower, and that’s just the way she likes it.

Weidner ex­cels on the soc­cer, bas­ket­ball and lacrosse fields for the Sen­tinels, and it’s safe to say the school will miss her pres­ence when she gradu­ates this spring.

But she has left a last­ing im­print on Little Flower, something that is bound to hap­pen when so much time is spent in one place. She has told the Times that she “ba­sic­ally lives at Little Flower” and that she “loves it.” Ad­di­tion­ally, she’s a star in the classroom and par­ti­cip­ates in Little Flower’s Dio­ces­an Schol­ar Pro­gram, which al­lows her to take classes at the col­legi­ate level. The pro­gram lets standout stu­dents take classes at a loc­al Cath­ol­ic col­lege (Widen­er spe­cial­ized in psy­cho­logy at St. Joseph’s Uni­versity) while also at­tend­ing high school.

With plans of be­com­ing a law­yer the long-term goal, Weidner is sa­vor­ing the little bit of time she has left at a school she loves so much.

“It (the next level) is ex­cit­ing, but it’s also up­set­ting be­cause Little Flower is my life,” she told the Times in the fall. “It’s my second home.”

Male Ath­lete of the Year

Howard Lynn, North­east

It’s not en­tirely out of the or­din­ary for a stu­dent-ath­lete to par­ti­cip­ate in three sports; however, what is ex­traordin­ary is play­ing two sports with­in the same sea­son.

That’s just one of many ac­com­plish­ments for North­east seni­or Howard Lynn, a goalie on North­east’s soc­cer team, as well as the kick­er for the school’s foot­ball squad. After a short time to rest his weary legs, Lynn picks up a base­ball bat and glove in the spring for the Vik­ings; he’s the cap­tain and the team’s first base­man (and chips in on the mound when needed).

What sets Lynn apart is his lead­er­ship abil­ity. He knows the im­port­ance of his po­s­i­tion as a seni­or stu­dent-ath­lete at North­east. Play­ing two sports in the fall al­lows him to im­part his lead­er­ship qual­it­ies to two teams, and as a cap­tain on the base­ball squad, Lynn is lead­ing a blis­ter­ing comeback sea­son. A year ago, the Vik­ings went 2-12, and now, des­pite field­ing a very young, in­ex­per­i­enced team, they stand at 7-1 and are a half game out of first place.

The bot­tom line is that Lynn is a win­ner. The Vik­ing foot­ball team went 7-5 and ended its sea­son on a three-game win streak; the soc­cer squad was 11-2-1 and was run­ner-up in the Pub­lic League cham­pi­on­ship game; and at 7-1, the North­east base­ball team is in the midst of writ­ing its own suc­cess story.

It won’t be easy to re­place a stel­lar stu­dent-ath­lete like Lynn, but North­east is just con­cen­trat­ing on cel­eb­rat­ing what time is left with one of the faces of the school’s ath­let­ic pro­gram. ••

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