“I’m hoping I’ll be able to qualify in the hammer this weekend. We’ll leave for Wisconsin Tuesday and I’m definitely looking forward to it.”
Mike Wonoski was eagerly looking forward to the World Deaf Ice Hockey Championships in Finland. But the starting center and assistant captain for the USA team only skated two shifts, after suffering a serious injury in the first game against Canada, and had to sit out the remainder of the tournament.
The Beverly resident underwent surgery this week to repair a completely torn ACL and partially torn MCL. After months of training and working hard to stay in shape for the big event, Wonoski was disappointed to be on the ice for less than two minutes. The team suffered a few other costly injuries and did not medal.
Sean Stellato, the NFL player agent who will be inducted into the Salem High Hall of Fame next month, had several clients fare well in the recent NFL Draft. Some of his local clients have been invited to rookie minicamps, including Jim Noel of Everett (Seattle Seahawks), Ryan Moores of Manchester-by-the-Sea and Governor’s Academy (Atlanta), Donta Peters of UNH (Eagles) and Isaiah Voegeli of Merrimack College (Eagles).
Five local football players were among the 34 honored at Lombardo’s in Randolph earlier this week. The Jack Grinold Eastern Mass. chapter of the National Football Foundation selects the top scholar athletes. Alex Moore and Lucas Bavaro of St. John’s Prep, Brendan Flaherty of Beverly, Dylan Mann from Masconomet and Fran Hannon of Bishop Fenwick were chosen. All of them were outstanding in the classroom as well as on the field.
Jean DePlacido is a part-time writer and columnist for The Salem News. Contact her at email@example.com.