Captains' gene runs in the Lyons family.


Byline: Nick Manzello


A family of captains.

After Kevin Lyons completed a fine baseball career at St. Stephen's High, he attended Worcester State College, where he captained the baseball team, was named the squad's best player and was inducted into the school's hall of fame.

Kevin's children, Kevin Jr., Sean, Chris and Trisha, also became captains of their college teams.

Kevin Jr., captained the UMass-Dartmouth baseball team; Sean captained the Nichols baseball team; Chris captained the Endicott baseball team; and Trisha captained the Nichols women's basketball team.

"The nice thing about this is that I didn't have to force any of the kids to play sports," the proud father said. "My sons, who had fine baseball careers, would ask for some tips on hitting and I would be happy to help them, but in all, they did it on their own."

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