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June 19, 2013

Amesbury's Agganis regular

Connors will play in football, baseball classics

AMESBURY — Amesbury football coach Thom Connors still laughs when he looks at a photo of his son, Tommy, hanging in his locker.

The photo depicts Tommy as an Amesbury High freshman in 2009 with his jersey bunched around his waistline. Half of the number on the jersey is tucked down Tommy’s pants due to the oversized fit on the team’s smallest jersey.

At the time, Tommy Connors stood just over 5 feet and just over 110 pounds. Now, nearly a foot taller and 50 pounds heavier, Connors will represent Amesbury in two Agganis All-Star Classic events. He will play for the North in the 19th annual Baseball Classic Sunday at Fraser Field in Lynn. Four days later, he will play for the North again in the 52nd Football Classic June 27 at Manning Field.

“I think he’s always had pretty good skills,” said coach Thom Connors. “From the time he was with the Amesbury Jets, or youth basketball, or Little League, he was always a skilled little athlete. But the key term was ‘little’ athlete.”

Connors grew into one of the Cape Ann League’s best three-sport athletes. Having grown to 5-foot-10 and 160 pounds this year, Connors was an All-CAL selection in football and baseball. He was also a CAL All-Star in basketball.

Coach Connors believes his son is the first Amesbury athlete to earn selections to the Agganis Football and Baseball Classic in the same season.

“The size has helped him,” Coach Connors said. “Any time you’re completely undersized playing high school athletics, it’s tough. One thing he’s had is experience on the football field, basketball court and baseball field. He’s been around it with me all his life. It’s one of the intangible things you can’t coach. He gets the coaching aspect, being a player, and he understands the concepts of being on a team. He’s watched a lot of film, particularly in football.”

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