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June 25, 2014

Most Valuable Captain

Former Clipper Dillon Guthro captained his fourth team in seven months and excelled at last weekend's Shriners All-Star Game.

NEWBURYPORT – Graduation has come and gone for Dillon Guthro, though his accomplishments as a Clipper continue to further raise eyebrows.

His senior year was one to remember – full of athletic achievements, awards, memories and triumphs in three different sports. After leading the Clippers on the gridiron, the hardwood and the lacrosse field as a rare three-sport leader, Guthro was named captain of his fourth team in seven months for the Shriners All-Star football game held this past Saturday.

The 11th Newburyport player to be selected to the 32-year-old Shriners All-Star game, Guthro is the first to ever captain the team. And because of his stellar defensive performance Guthro took home Most Valuable Player honors, the first Clipper ever to do so. He had 10 tackles in the game, hurried the quarterback four times and knocked him down three times.

“Winning defensive MVP was pretty cool,” Guthro said. “I definitely can’t think of a better way to end my high school career. My family and many of my friends were there to watch me, so that was nice. I ended it off with honors, a win and with family and friends.”

Though able to earn respect from his high school teams over several years of dedication and improvement, Guthro earned votes to become captain after just two weeks of practice with the Shriners North All-Stars team.

“I found out two days before the game that I was voted captain by my team,” Guthro said. “It was kind of cool to think that even among a team of All-Stars, I was thought of as a leader.”

Guthro was elected captain along with recent grads from Bishop Fenwick, Reading and Lynn-English. Together, they led the North team to a 28-17 win over the South.

It was the first time Guthro had strapped on football pads in nearly seven months. After a long basketball season and a recent deep playoff run as a lacrosse goalie, he knew that a quick transition to football would be a unique experience. It would also serve as a brief refresher of what’s to come as Guthro will soon begin practicing for Bryant University’s football team beginning July 31.

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