Modern Marvels focuses on highlighting the top athletes, with a multi-sport, focus, from each area high school. We choose one boy and one girl with two honorable mentions in each category.



Boys Athlete of the 21st Century

Class of 2004

• Football, basketball, baseball star received the Salem News Student-Athlete Award in 2004

• 2003 Commonwealth Athletic Conference football MVP led area in scoring with 169 points

• Had 59 total career TDs and is only Bulldog to ever both rush for and pass for 1,000-plus yards

• Three-year varsity football players was adept at reading defense and improvising when pocket broke down

• Helped Bulldogs reach Super Bowl and also defeat Salem High, 38-13

• Two-time CAC all-star in both basketball and baseball (centerfield)

• Beverly resident played football at Plymouth State and had bevy of interceptions there 


Jesus McKinney

Class of 2005

• Three-sport force in football, basketball and baseball and won CAC titles in all three

• Member of Bulldogs 1,000-point club in basketball

• Favorite receiving target of QB Kynan Mello on '04 Super Bowl squad

Chris Masta

Class of 2019

• Two-sport captain received 2019 Salem News Student-Athlete Award

• First skater in Essex Tech history to reach 100 career points on the ice

• Pitcher and shortstop set career Hawk record with 18 doubles and had .343 career average


Girls Athlete of the 21st Century

Class of 2010

• Three sport league all-star in soccer, basketball, and softball

 Shortstop was four-year starter for softball team, a CAC all-star all four years, helping team win three league championships ('08, '09, '10) along with a vocational title.

• Two time CAC Most Valuable. Coach Joe Balzarini called her "The best player I coached in my 28 years", and said she was a 5-tool player.

• .575 batting average senior year with 46 hits, 38 RBI, and 39 runs scored;  hit for power with 7 doubles, 3 triples, 6 home runs

• Guard played 38 games for the Essex Aggie Rams basketball team, averaged 15.3 points per game and scored 583 total points. As a senior played in 19 games, led team in scoring with 16.5 ppg

• Salem News All-Star in all three sports, controlling the midfield in soccer

• *Essex Aggie graduate went on to play 71 softball games at shortstop for UMass Dartmouth with a .300 batting average and knocked in 31 runs; currently a para-professional at Essex Tech and assistant coach in both soccer and softball.


Ali Vienneau

Class of 2019

• Three sport star in soccer (midfield), basketball (guard), softball (centerfielder)

• Burning speed, stole 25 bases and hit .444 as senior; 4 year starter and terrific leadoff hitter; Only struck out 4 times senior year.

• TSalem News and Commonwealth Athletic Conference all-star in all three sports

Pina Phay

Class of 2004

• Two sport star in softball (shortstop) and volleyball

• Named CAC Most Valuable Players in both softball and volleyball  


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