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Pinkerton's Bobby Dattilo (left) uses his tremendous quickness to slip through defenders on the lacrosse field. Dattilo was named a U.S. Lacrosse All-American as a junior this year.

Bobby Dattilo may be a little sad to see the 2006-2007 school year go.

Dattilo enjoyed a tremendous junior year at Pinkerton Academy, starring for both the football and lacrosse teams. He was particularly good on the lax field for the Astros, leading Pinkerton to a 13-5 record and a trip to the Division 1 semifinals. The 5-foot-7, 150-pound midfielder was arguably the best faceoff player in the state and led PA in goals (36) and assists (24). He was rewarded for his season by being named a U.S. Lacrosse All-American and a First-Team All Division 1 selection.

Last fall, Dattilo was an Honorable Mention selection to the New Hampshire All-Division 1 football team. The speedy tailback rushed for 502 yards for the state champion Astros, and recorded a 9-yard touchdown run for the first score of the title game against Salem.

Needless to say, it was a brilliant year of athletics for Dattilo. And the best part is, he still has another year of high school left.

The Derry News recently caught up with Dattilo to discuss, among other things, his lacrosse and football seasons and his summer plans.

Derry News: How does it feel to be able to call yourself an All-American?

Bobby Dattilo: It feels awesome. I'm really proud of myself.

DN: How did you feel the lacrosse season went this year?

BD: It was really kind of a rebuilding year. I'm happy with what we did and how far we went, and we should come back really strong next year.

DN: You are known for your faceoff ability. How do you learn to excel at that?

BD: It really just comes down to learning technique, and it helps when you're quicker than the other guy.

DN: Aside from faceoffs, what do you see as your biggest strength in lacrosse?

BD: I would probably say my quickness and my ability to shoot on the run.

DN: You play for coach Brian O'Reilly during football and lacrosse season. What's it like to play for him that much?

BD: He always knows exactly what he's doing. He's always in his office game-planning and scheming. It's his life.

DN: Football season is right around the corner. How do you think the team will be this fall?

BD: I think we should do really well. We will be very deep especially in the backfield. Salem will be tough again and Londonderry always gives us a good game.

DN: Which sport do you think you will want to play at the next level?

BD: I would say definitely lacrosse. Because of my size, lacrosse is a better fit. I play football now to stay in good shape.

DN: What are your plans for the summer vacation?

BD: I'm playing lacrosse for the New Hampshire Tomahawks with a bunch of other kids from around New Hampshire and Massachusetts. We recently went 5-1 in a tournament in Pennsylvania.

DN: Are you going to be working at all?

BD: No. I'll pretty much just be concentrating on lacrosse. We have tournaments almost every weekend.

DN: So do you ever get sick of lacrosse?

BD: No, not at all. I love playing.

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