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Lowell Catholic senior Connor Sullivan plays in memory of his father

Connor Sullivan (1) is a captain and two-way player for Lowell Catholic who uses the memory of his father (above left, at a youth baseball game with Connor) for inspiration. LC coach Rick Sampson (lower left) has become a mentor to Sullivan.
Connor Sullivan (1) is a captain and two-way player for Lowell Catholic who uses the memory of his father (above left, at a youth baseball game with Connor) for inspiration. LC coach Rick Sampson (lower left) has become a mentor to Sullivan. Credit: Photos by Jon Mahoney for The Boston Globe (Above right and lower left)

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FRAMINGHAM — Connor Sullivan crossed the goal line three times Saturday afternoon, helping to power the Lowell Catholic football team to a convincing 38-12 win over host Marian.

And the senior captain did so knowing that his late father, Ed, was looking over him with a sense of pride.

Ed Sullivan, who had coached his son in four sports as a youth, died in July 2012 from an unknown infection, a devastating blow for the Sullivan family.

But Connor has held his head high, knowing his father is always with him in spirit.

When Connor was 5, he started wrestling under his father’s tutelage, eventually developing into a state champion. The elder Sullivan also coached his son on the basketball court and on the baseball diamond, as well as on the gridiron.

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