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July 27, 2013

Jennings earns All-America nod at Colby

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Jennings was a high school All-American at the Prep. He missed half of his freshman season for the Mules because of mononucleosis, but still finished with 12 goals and 2 assists with a team leading 60 percent shooting accuracy. He ranks third on the all time goals list in the program’s history with 115 and and 129 career points despite missing a total of 13 games in his four year career.

He was named NESCAC Player of the Week after scoring five goals in the 11-10 overtime win over Amherst, and four goals along with an assist in the 8-6 win over Bowdoin.

“I’ve been playing lacrosse since I was in the third grade so I’m really going to miss it,” said Jennings. “I started the first year there was a Danvers Youth program. At first I was jumping around to all the difference positions, but it didn’t take long before I was a forward.

“Lacrosse has been such a big part of my life it seems weird that my playing days are over. I’m still going to keep playing whenever I can, and right now I’m in a summer league.”

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Caroline Kukas surprised a few of the teams that Section 4 Williamsport champion Peabody West played on its way to the state Final Four. Kukas is the only girl on the team, but opponents are mistaken if they don’t take her seriously both in the field and at the plate.

She is a starter in right field with a strong arm and has made some big defensive plays. Kukas is also very good at the plate and has delivered several big hits in both District 16 play and the Section 4 tournament. She has been an outstanding softball player, who decided to make the switch to baseball this year. Peabody West manager Frank Benea is delighted she did.

Before the District 16 tournament began Benea said he felt confident using Kukas at first base or anywhere else in the infield. She has taken a turn behind the plate to help out, and although they haven’t needed her to pitch yet she does have some experience there.

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Jean DePlacido is a correspondent for The Salem News. You can contact her at JMDeplacido@aol.com.

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