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December 27, 2013

Kuchar leads in all seasons

WEST NEWBURY — Ryan Kuchar does it all for Pentucket High School athletics: plays three sports, contributes heavily on the stat sheets and captains his teams to victories.

If you asked Kuchar how many points he has through three basketball games, he wouldn’t be able to tell you, because he doesn’t care. He would, however, be able to tell you what his team’s record is and how specifically they got there.

Kuchar has 48 points through the first three games and his team is 2-1, due in large part to the leadership that got them there. The Sachems rely heavily on him to control everything from the stat book to the locker room, and why wouldn’t they? Kuchar simply is a leader first and a stellar athlete second.

As the Sachems quarterback and senior captain, he directed his team to an 8-2 record and the Division 4 North Fina, where they lost a nail-biter to Bedford. Kuchar now leads his team on the hardwood as their captain. Come spring, he will take his talents to the diamond.

“I got elected captain for baseball, too,” Kuchar said.

What sets Kuchar apart from the rest is the ability to know when he is needed. Rather than insert himself into situations that don’t warrant his involvement, he recognizes when he has to step in. Then, he does what is needed of him.

“This past season, someone on our team got a personal foul for unnecessary roughness,” Kuchar said. “As a captain, I ran over to cool him down and tell that that he’s hurting the team. I just said we had to move on to the next play and get past this.”

Kuchar’s leadership ability has been needed recently, after his team came out flat against Hamilton-Wenham in their first loss of the season. Preparing his team for games by making sure they are pushing themselves to improve is something that Kuchar takes great pride in.

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