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January 3, 2013

Speedy Silveira a go-to guy for Golden Warriors

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He’s strongly considering track this spring. His parents, Doug and Ellen Silveira, were runners at Tufts with Doug’s accomplishments including a sixth at New Englands in the 1,000 meters. His brother, Sebastian, who is on the varsity soccer team, is an up and coming runner. He placed sixth in the 400 meters as a freshman last spring in the MVC Meet in 53.48 seconds.

Silveira takes his academics seriously, too. He might prep at Phillips Andover or Exeter and is also looking at some top academic schools like Tufts, Bard and Williams. Silveira, who would like to play college basketball, is taking AP physics and AP Spanish and scored 2,010 on his SATs.

In his blood

Max Silveira’s aunt, Stacy Silveira, is well known in certain parts of the area girls basketball community.

It was March of 1987 and now defunct St. Mary’s of Lawrence had a team to be reckoned with. The Chargers were led by 5-9 Sue Stewart, now the successful head coach at Central Catholic. She earned All-Scholastic honors and was headed to Merrimack on a scholarship.

The Chargers were flying high after Stewart went wild with a 37-point effort in the Division 2 North semifinals, leading her team back from a 20-point second quarter deficit to beat North Andover, 73-70.

Sure, unbeaten Wakefield would be tough, but folks in the Merrimack Valley figured the top-seeded Warriors would learn a tough lesson just like the Scarlet Knights.

But Stacy Silveira took on second-seeded St. Mary’s and its Big 3 and they simply had no answers for her in a 78-54 romp.

As I wrote, “Stacy Silveira, the 6-foot-1 freshman sensation, set the tone early with 10 points, 3 blocks and 3 rebounds in the first period.”

She finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds although St. Mary’s coach Barry McCloskey questioned my numbers. He said a couple of days ago that 20 rebounds seemed much more like it.

So special that Silveira received her first recruiting letter as an 8th grader from UConn coach Geno Auriemma.

Sadly, a couple of devastating knee injuries later in her Wakefield career kept her from realizing her big-time basketball destiny.

But she has done well off the court. She practiced law and lived in Andover for seven years. She moved to Lynnfield in 2011 and now practices law there.

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