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July 4, 2014

Kuchar did it all as three-sport star for Pentucket

From no-hitters to TD passes, Kuchar did it all for Pentucket

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Kuchar set the goal not to just compete but lead all three teams during his freshman season.

“I looked up to Mike Doud so much for being a three-sport captain,” Kuchar said. “I wanted to follow in his footsteps. I can’t even explain how much of an honor it was to be named captain in all three sports.”

As a sophomore, Kuchar took on the considerable task of replacing Doud at quarterback for the Sachems.

“It was definitely overwhelming at times,” he said. “I put a lot of hard work and dedication into it. I couldn’t wait to be out there playing with and against the best, and it paid off.”

In three seasons under center for the Sachems, Kuchar compiled a 20-12 record, including last season when he passed for 647 yards and six touchdowns on the way to leading Pentucket to its first Cape Ann League title since the 2003 season.

He also played a key role as a defensive back, and made possibly the play of his athletic career when he boomed a tremendous punt to bury Watertown at its 8-yard-line and all but lock down the Division 4 North semifinals.

“Ryan just never missed a beat,” Hayden said. “People forget how important his punting was to us. He loved to be out there and play the game. He was so dependable.”

In the winter, the starting swing-man averaged an impressive 9.4 points for the Sachems, including a 22-point night against North Reading and a 12-point day to beat Newburyport, which was coached by L’Italien.

“I actually coached against him a few times,” L’Italien said. “I have coached against a number of my athletes and there are a few that are really special and different. I would send him a text after a game and say, ‘I can’t wait until we are on the same side again.’”

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