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Region – His long history of success, accentuated by his team's 2006 Division 3 state title, tells high school hockey observers that Marlborough High's John Butler can coach, but what a lot of folks may not know is the guy is a master motivator as well.

His teams have rallied from one- and two-goal defi- cits on many occasions, and afterward players almost always explain that it was a pep talk between periods by Butler that sparked the comeback.

On Jan. 17 against Gardner High, Butler's Panthers rallied from a 3-0 first-period deficit to actually take a 4-3 third-period lead before the teams settled for a 4-4 tie. Again it was words by Butler that prompted his team's inspired play in the second and third periods.

Between the first and second periods Butler talked to his team, but only briefly.

"I let them sit and stew until right before the ice was ready and I just popped in and said, 'I know Jean- Guy [Gagnon, the Gardner coach] very well. I'll go over there right now and tell him they can have the win and we can get dressed and get on the bus and call it a day," Butler said. "'If you want to go back out there fine, but I don't want you to go out there and embarrass me and the school and the town and the fans in the stands and your parents. You guys decide. If you come out, it means you want to play. If you don't we'll get on the bus and go home.' That was it. I challenged them and they came out and played probably our best period of hockey all season."

Butler had a message for his team after the second period, too.

"After the second period I said to them, 'Look, I'm not going to come in and give you a rah-rah speech and pat you on your back. You played the way you're supposed to. Now, if you go out in the third period and lay an egg, what you did in the second period means nothing. You just wasted all that time,'" Butler said.

Marlborough High entered its Jan. 24 game with Algonquin Regional with a 6-2-4 record.

Several other local teams have fared fairly well through the first half of the season as well, including Algonquin Regional (6-3-1), Hudson High (4-2-3), Shrewsbury High (5-1-2) and St. John's (5-5-2).

ARHS's Yung receives

MIAA honor

Algonquin Regional High School (ARHS) sophomore Lauren Yung was named the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) Student Athlete of the Month for December.

In addition to being a standout player on the Tomahawks volleyball team, for which she earned Mid- Wachusett League All-Star honors, Yung writes for the school newspaper, "The Harbinger," and serves as a tutor in biology and Latin.

An honors student, Yung maintains an overall A average and was recently named to the Principal's List, the highest level of honor roll at ARHS.

Yung also finds time to serve on the Tomahawks' Athletic Council, where she is the volleyball team representative.

"Lauren is not only an accomplished student and a highly-skilled athlete," ARHS volleyball coach Jean Fedak said, "but she is also a role model who motivates and encourages teammates and classmates with her positive attitude and calming words that bring out the best in others around her."

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