By Nick Curcuru
---- — Over the last four plus years at Rockport High School, a team with Conor Douglass on the roster was always bound for the state tournament.
The outgoing senior, who has been playing varsity sports in a Rockport uniform since he was an eighth grader, did not miss the state tournament during his time on the soccer, hockey and baseball teams. His outstanding senior season and overall body of work over three sports in his high school career make Douglass 2013 Gloucester Daily Times Male Athlete of the Year for Rockport. He is the first person to be named Gloucester Daily Times Athlete of the Year twice.
The soccer, hockey and baseball programs at Rockport have been no stranger to success in recent years and Douglass has been at the forefront of that. As a senior he was a force to be reckoned with in all three seasons being named the Cape Ann League Small Player of the Year on the soccer field, eclipsing the career 100 point mark and being named a Commonwealth Athletic Conference All Star on the ice and being named a Cape Ann League All Star on the baseball diamond for the tournament qualifying Vikings.
On the soccer field Douglass is a model of consistency as you know what your are going to get from him every day, which is fundamentally sound soccer. He isn’t a flashy player on the field but he does everything right, which combined with natural speed and talent makes him a threat to put the ball in the net, or create an opportunity to score, every time he touches the ball.
Douglass will be taking his soccer skills to the next level as he will play for the New England College soccer team in the fall.
He was the leading scorer in the league and he does it in a quiet manner,” Rockport boys soccer coach Dave Curley said. “He’s not a flashy player but he’s very efficient, just a consistent player all over the field. He creates a lot of turnovers and he’s good at distributing the ball as well as his stats show. He makes the other players around him better.”
While he isn’t flashy on the soccer field, he has a flare for the dramatics on the ice. With 105 career points, Douglass has scored more than his fare share of goals in highlight reel fashion thanks to a combination of blazing speed, an ability to handle the puck through traffic and pick any corner of the net.
In his five years on the hockey team Douglass was a key contributor on some of the most successful teams in program history.
On the baseball diamond Douglass helped out the Vikings in a variety of ways. For starters he can play just about anywhere on the field as he was a starter in the middle infield during his sophomore and junior seasons before being moved to the outfield as a senior.