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January 10, 2013

From a family of athletes, Kobelski making her mark in shot put

From a family of athletes, Kobelski making her mark in shot put

Cassie Kobelski knows her father’s allegiance ultimately lies with her.

But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t hear some teasing when the Andover High star takes on archrival Central Catholic.

“Whenever we go against Central my dad jokes that he is rooting for them,” Cassie said with a laugh. “But I know he always has my back.”

The Kobelski name has long been synonymous with football at Central Catholic, where Cassie’s father Greg and his three brothers all starred before moving on to careers in college.

But Cassie Kobelski is now establishing her own legacy at a new school, as a star thrower for the Golden Warriors. This season she has set the lofty goal of breaking Andover’s 27-year-old school record in the shot put.

“Only a couple girls a year in Massachusetts that have the chance to throw 40 feet,” said Golden Warrior throwing coach Art McDermott. “But Cassie can certainly do that. And her ultimate goal is to break the school record (43 ¾), and I think she has a legitimate shot at it.”

The Kobelski household, in fact, is literally a marriage of the Merrimack Valley Conference’s fiercest rivals. Cassie’s father Greg was a star receiver at Central Catholic (class of 1985), catching 35 passes for 489 yards as a senior. Greg’s brothers Todd (class of 1994) and Brian (1988) both starred for the Raiders and Villanova and Matt (1999) stood out at Central and Colgate.

“Football was always a huge part of our family,” said Cassie. “Every year on Easter we would play football and I would play quarterback. I did cheerleading for the (Andover Junior Football League).”

Despite the pull of Central, Cassie’s loyalty always fell with the Golden Warriors ­— the school where her mother Lorri (Cocchiaro, class of 1985) was a volleyball captain.

“I always wanted to go to Andover High,” she said. “When I was little we would go to games and my brother would wear my dad’s Central Catholic jacket and I would wear my mother’s Andover jacket. On Thanksgiving my dad would joke with me if Central won.”

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