“Silvio Cella understood the important role high school football can have, not only for the players, but also for an entire community,” said Michael Cella in making the presentation. “We stand behind the Newtown football program and the entire town of Newtown as they continue to heal.”
Raymond talked about how football teaches people about how to overcome adversity and face challenges. He said he hoped the team and the community would realize the football community in Massachusetts offered support.
Lisa Albano was one of the best young tennis players in the nation when she played at the Pingree School, and the former Peabody resident’s sons are following in her footsteps.
Albano went on to Cal Berkeley after high school, where she was ranked as the NCAA’s No. 2 player her senior year. A four-time All-American in singles and three times in doubles, she now lives in Andover with husband Michael Fu and sons Connor and Ryan. Albano-Fu is a tennis pro at Cedardale and has been coaching her sons since they were five.
Connor, age 12, is the U12 champ in both singles and doubles while 13-year old Ryan took the 14’s singles title. Both have been playing in national tournaments. Ryan is nationally ranked (25th) as well as first in Massachusetts and New England in his age group, while Connor is 65th nationally, first in Mass. and first in New England.
Both boys excelled at the New England Regional Tennis Tournament ,which was held at UMass Amherst and Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley from June 22-27. They are now ranked No. 1 in their respective age groups in the six-state area. Connor was the top seed and won a three-set battle in the finals, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 in singles play. Ryan, the No. 2 seed, won his match, 6-0, 6-0. The weather was very hot during the tournament, reaching 94 degrees.