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February 23, 2013

High scoring Peabody lax duo have unique connection

Over the years the Peabody High lacrosse program has had several high-scoring combinations like Scott Marcoulier-Scott Eisemann, Sean Driscoll-Spencer Rennick, Greg Welch-Bryan Molk and Derek West-Mark D’Addario.

The latest duo of Keifer Heckman and Nick Ouellette has high hopes for their senior year of high school before both go on to play for Southern New Hampshire University.

Heckman and Ouellette want to end their careers with the same kind of lofty statistics the other duos put up. The two attackmen made the Tanner varsity as freshmen and have made a big impact ever since.

What makes this pair unique is they’re not only friends and teammates ... but also stepbrothers.

Heckman’s father and Ouellette’s mother met while watching their sons play lacrosse. Three years ago, they got married to form a blended family. Both are very active in the Peabody Lacrosse Boosters.

“Nick and I have been playing together for nine years, starting in Peabody Youth Lacrosse,” said Heckman. “Three years ago we became stepbrothers. I have an older brother, but he doesn’t live with us, and Nick has a brother and sister.”

Last season Heckman put his name in the school record books, tied for third in most points scored in a single season. That mark is held by Welch (102) while Eddie Leonard is second with 97, and Heckman and West both have 95.

They both committed to play at SNHU where Rennick, who is now an assistant coach at Peabody, had an illustrious career. He was the first in the history of the Peabody program to start as a freshman and did it in every game of his four-year career. Driscoll would have had the same distinction, but transferred to Pomfret after his junior year. Rennick went on to have an outstanding career and captained the Penmen. He is fifth on the all-time list for career assists with 70.

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