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Who's got game? Each month, ESPN RISE finds out. Here are the athletes we recognized in October:
PAT ORLANDO MANCHESTER ESSEX - FOOTBALL
Orlando is one of the most productive quarterbacks in EMass, and he's also a beast on defense. Last year, he tossed 18 touchdown passes and ran for six scores, earning him a spot on The Boston Globe's All-Scholastic team. On defense, the 6-foot senior plays in the secondary and provides a little bit of everything. He's got a chance to record 100 tackles this season, and he can also pick off a pass if the opposing QB underestimates his quickness.
ALISON FRIBERG NORTH READING - GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL
North Reading was building a reputation as the lovable loser of Division 3, having lost in consecutive state finals in 2005 and 2006, but Friberg helped the Hornets turn everything around last year. The senior setter racked up 28 assists in the state title game to help North Reading beat New Frontier and finally claim the championship, and Friberg is carrying that performance over to this season. With her quickness and sharp eye, Friberg was a Boston Globe All- Scholastic selection last year.
KELSEY KARYS NEWTON SOUTH - GIRLS' CROSS COUNTRY
Karys is a leader in every sense of the word, as her steady performance has helped Newton South become one of the elite teams in the area. Last year, Karys led the Lions to the Division 1 EMass championship by winning the individual title, and the senior is posting even better times this year. She currently holds two course records: Cold Spring Park in Newton and Westford Academy's home course.
JIM NOEL EVERETT - FOOTBALL
Noel is one of the state's top safeties, and one of its best defensive players, period. At 6-foot-4, 180 pounds, the senior has the size to be a factor around the line of scrimmage in the running game, and he's also athletic enough to get back and play the pass. Noel picked off four passes last season as Everett went undefeated and won another Super Bowl. He has committed to Boston College.