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November 21, 2012

Frates the star of the night at St. John's Prep Hall of Fame banquet

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"Matt and I played hockey together since we were five; we were together in high school for classes and at practice. The nice thing about playing a few different sports is you make a lot more friends.”

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Back in 1958 when Ed Eagan graduated from St. John’s Prep, it was a boarding school. The Lynn native played two years of varsity football as a running back and ran three seasons of varsity track. He won the Class C shot put his senior year and had the distinction of being on the track team during an unbeaten streak that lasted seven years.

Eagan, who now lives in Dover, NH, is a graduate of Yale University and Tufts School of Medicine.

“I lived at St. John’s for four years, and it was truly an amazing change for a kid from Lynn,” said Eagan, a retired optomologist. “Football turned out to be a big deal because I was picked to play in the second year of the Agganis Game. I wanted to go to Yale, and as a result of having a good game that night (at the Agganis Game) the Yale coach came to see me.

“I'm awed to be here tonight. My old track coach, Brother Patrician, nominated me before he died. I’ve been out of high school for 50 years, so I wasn’t expecting to be part of this with all the young guys.”

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Todd Buckley of Peabody is now a chiropractor in his native city. The 1988 graduate ran all three seasons of track and served as captain of each two years in a row. He was a three-time conference all-star in every season and went on to have a great career at Providence College as a Division 1 miler and two-miler. He has run several marathons, including New York City and Boston.

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