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March 26, 2014

TRIPLE THREAT Topsfield's Sabino flourishes in multiple sports at Pingree

Haley Sabino doesn’t remember a time in her life when she wasn’t playing a sport.

Starting at the age of five, Sabino began taking part in intramural sports programs around Topsfield. She got the typical exposure to several different sports including soccer, basketball and baseball.

Some how along the way she even managed to fit in lacrosse, volleyball and softball.

Now a senior at Pingree School in South Hamilton, Sabino is on pace to earn her 11th varsity letter this spring when she takes the softball diamond for the final season of her high school career.

“I never really favored one sport over the other,” explained Sabino. “Looking back I never really had time to get bored with one, we always moved quickly from one season to the next, just part of my life. My parents both love sports and both played in college as well as coached for years. They still even participate in adult leagues today.”

Sabino entered her freshman year at Pingree as one of the two starting goalkeepers for the varsity soccer team. After the next couple of years Sabino suffered several concussions on the pitch and by her junior year made the decision to try her hand at volleyball.

Although somewhat reluctant to make the initial switch, Sabino quickly picked volleyball up pretty quickly and was even name MVP of the JV team her junior year, while splitting time as a swing player for varsity.

This past fall she earned Most Improved on varsity and received Eastern Independent All-League and Salem News All- Star Honorable Mention honors.

“Haley is a natural athlete, as indicated by the quickness with which she picked up the rules and techniques of the sport,” said Pingree volleyball coach Beth Savarese. “Haley started the first game of the season and continued to be a starter for the rest of the season. In fact she was rarely subbed out. Haley was our setter. Based on her position she was in charge of the second ball. I never questioned her attempt to get the second ball.”

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