Southborough residents in the news: Sports stars, chess stars, and Sesame Street

Southborough residents — and former residents — have been making names for themselves lately. Here are some stories from around the web.

‘Sunny days’ for one Southborough performer: Southboro actor Matt Jones plays Bert in this weekend’s “Sesame Street Live: Elmo’s Green Thumb” at the DCU Center in Worcester. He tells the Telegram & Gazette, “When you get out there (on stage) — to those little 3-year-olds, it’s like we’re Elvis and Michael Jackson all rolled up into one. That makes it all worthwhile, no matter how tired and sweaty you are.” (Worcester Telegram & Gazette)

Algonquin soccer star Samantha Friday named player of the year: Back in December, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette named Southborough’s Samantha Friday their Hometeam Player of the Year after she helped the Algonquin girls soccer team to their first-ever state title. (Worcester Telegram & Gazette)

Southborough kid has all the right moves: Eleven-year-old Southborough resident Kira Porter took top honors in the Novice Under 800 Group at the Boylston Chess Foundation’s $10 Open earlier this month. I’m not quite sure what all that means, but it’s chess, so it must be impressive. (Worcester Telegram & Gazette)

Southborough native named gymnast of the week: Southborough native and Algonquin grad Mel Anton Santander, who now attends the University of Michigan, was named the NCAA Division I Gymnast of the Week earlier this month. (University of Michigan)

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