Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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February 20, 2014

Making her own way

From a basketball family, Alois becomes a star in hockey

Veronica Alois was destined to play basketball for Andover High, most everyone assumed.

The younger sister of Alex, Jackie and Rebecca Alois — all of whom won at least one state title during Andover’s magical girls hoops run of three straight state crowns from 2010-12 — would surely follow in her siblings’ paths at Dunn Gym.

And for many years, Veronica Alois believed that would be the case, too. That is, until she fell in love with hockey.

“I grew up playing basketball,” Alois said. “But as soon as I tried hockey, I loved it. It is such a different sport. Eventually I had to make a decision, and I went with hockey.”

That choice has worked out tremendously well for Alois and the Golden Warriors hockey team.

Heading into the week, Alois, a sophomore, has posted a whopping 30 goals to lead Andover to a 10-4-3 record and the No. 9 ranking in the state.

“Veronica’s greatest asset is that she is the ultimate competitor,” coach Liz Keady said. “She is also an awesome all-around athlete. She is already making her mark on the hockey world, and will only get better from here.”

Growing up, Alois imagined something far different.

Oldest sister Melissa actually began the state title tradition, winning four with the powerhouse Andover swim team (2003-07).

After that, the Alois name became synonymous with girls hoops greatness at Andover.

Older sister Alex was a starting forward as a senior for Andover’s 2010 Division 1 state title-winning team. Sister Jackie was a freshman on that team and went on to then start on the 2011 and 2012 title team. Sister Rebecca was a freshman on the 2011 team and a starting forward on the 2012 team. She is currently a girls basketball co-captain for the Warriors.

And the No. 1 fan for those teams was Veronica.

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