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November 7, 2013

Week of a lifetime

Nicholas soaks in World Series win, then delivers career day on gridiron

In the world of sports, it may be impossible to top the three-day stretch Andover High’s Christopher Nicholas experienced last week.

Last Wednesday, Nicholas was at Fenway Park, sitting on the third base line as his beloved Red Sox clinched the World Series title with a dominant victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Two days later, Nicholas was back at Eugene V. Lovely Field, delivering the game of his career with two touchdowns and two interceptions as the Golden Warriors blasted Lawrence.

“It was a lot of fun,” Nicholas said. “To go out there and play like that was amazing, and being at Fenway for the World Series was unforgettable.”

It was the culmination of a breakout season for the Golden Warrior receiver/defensive back, who is thrilled to finally be sharing the experience with his father, John Nicholas, who has served in the U.S. Army since he was 17 years old.

“It’s been rough having father in the military,” Nicholas said. “But I look up to him every day and he is truly my hero.”

Christopher Nicholas’ connection to sports — and Fenway Park — date back even before he was born. His parents met at Who’s On First, a bar that sits across the street from the beloved Red Sox ballpark.

The younger Nicholas grew up dedicated to playing football and baseball, and rooting for the Red Sox. But it was often without his father, who was frequently deployed overseas, including a trip to Afghanistan as part of “Operation Enduring Freedom.”

“He was deployed several times,” Nicholas said. “The worst was when he was sent to Afghanistan and Kuwait, because he was gone for a whole year. That was when I was in middle school. Most of the time when he was deployed, he would be able to come home for a few weeks to visit and then be home for the summer.

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