The Andover Townsman
---- — Local wrestler advancing to nationals
Wrestler Jack Reilly of Andover, a junior at Tabor Academy in Marion, placed fifth in the 145-pound class at this past weekend’s New England Championships at Brooks School in North Andover.
In his last match against Belmont Hill, Reilly overcame an early 0-5 deficit and stormed back for an 11-9 win, earning his spot in the upcoming Prep National Tournament at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Penn.
Two weekends ago, Reilly won the CLASS A Championship at Loomis Chaffee School in Connecticut. He pinned opponents from Williston-Northampton School, Choate and Phillips Exeter before beating an opponent from Phillips Academy in Andover in the finals 8-3.
Reilly transferred to Tabor after three years at Andover High School, where he was captain of the wrestling team as a junior. He has compiled a 25-6 season record in New England this year.
Alois, Brown named Fortnight Players
Andover High School basketball players Rebecca Alois and Ben Brown are the most recent recipients of the weekly Player of the Fortnight Awards.
Alois, a team captain and four-year varsity player, was a member of the state championship team. Coach E.J. Perry said, “Rebecca gives us a great 32 minutes a game. She is a great defender who has really improved her offense. We’re hoping for great things from Rebecca the rest of the season.”
Brown, a senior, has been tops on the defense this season. Coach Dave Fazio said, “Ben comes off the bench and does a great job for us. He’s a good defensive player; we’ll also need as much offense as Ben can possibly provide us as we finish our season and move on to the playoffs.”
The weekly Player of the Fortnight Award is presented by Ronald R. Hill of Baystate Financial in Andover and spotlights alternating players on the Andover boys and girls varsity basketball teams.
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