Andover High School’s boys gymnastics team just missed a repeat state championship this season — one year after the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association nearly pulled the plug on the program statewide.
The Golden Warriors placed third in the states, held over February school vacation, losing out to Attleboro High (175.5 points) and Newton North High School (175.45). Andover, one of seven high schools in the state to boast a boys gymnastics varsity program, finished with a score of 175.25 points. The best event for Andover was the vault, with the team taking first, according to coach Steve Sirois.
“The boys did great. I’m just really proud of this team,” Sirois said.
It may have been a tough season for Andover High hockey, which did not make any playoffs. But senior defenseman Jack Wilkie is ending his high school career with lots of accolades.
Wilkie, who has been on the varsity hockey team for four years, was named to the MVC All-Star team last month in addition to being the highest-scoring defenseman in the league. The distinction was published in ESPN Boston. He also received the All-Tournament award at the Winter Classic Showcase in December.
Wilkie, who has served as a pillar of stability for the players and the team, also excels in the classroom, earning high honors and honors every semester at Andover High. He received the Excellence in Physics award his junior year.
— Judy Wakefield, staff writer