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March 5, 2014

Best friends, goals and accomplishments

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Guthro and Bourdeau have been best friends since age 3. Both are football, basketball and lacrosse co-captains this year; both are heading into their third season this year as a captain; and after Bourdeau committed to play lacrosse at St. Anselm College, both have accepted scholarships to play their favorite sport at the collegiate level.

“I set a goal to play college lacrosse, and I have been working so hard since sixth grade, so it was unbelievable when I committed to St. Anselm College and know that all my hard work had paid off,” Bourdeau said.

For the best friends, it was a matter of setting lofty goals at a young age and pushing each other to achieve them.

“I used to be a lot faster than (Guthro) was, so I always used to make him race me,” Bourdeau said. “He’s faster than me now. In the weight room I pushed him and never let him finish a workout without completing everything or missing a rep. I would be on him about that. We are best friends, so we get on each other at practice, because we know that we would be best friends at the end.

“It has been a great experience. He makes me a better athlete. He always pushed me to be better, stronger and faster. We always worked out together in the summer by throwing the ball around, shooting hoops or playing lacrosse.”

For Guthro, a senior year playing on three teams with his buddy was all the more special because of their importance to the team. As captains, the differences in leadership styles worked in unison to properly lead the Clippers year round.

“I think we are both vocal leaders, but in different ways,” Bourdeau said. “I’m kind of the guy that tries to get everyone excited for games and he’s the one to pull us together and tell us what we have to do when things don’t go our way. We both lead by example, but it’s me before games and him during games.”

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