Editor’s Note: Last week, we looked back at boys basketball team’s magical run. So this week we give the other teams a chance to relive their seasons and shine once again.
Outside, it was a brutal winter of snow and ice-cold conditions freezing the Merrimack Valley.
Inside the cozy confines of Andover High and its athletic facilities, however, it was a stellar season for the Golden Warriors.
From basketball to gymnastics, skiing, hockey and, of course, indoor track, Andover athletes built another outstanding campaign that wowed fans.
So, while spring sports are kicking off tryouts in 20-degree temperatures, let’s take a look back at the 2013-14 winter in Andover High sports.
Worth the wait
Last spring was a miserable one for close friends and track superstars Courtney Comeau and Catherine Haut. Comeau — who has been recruited to run at UMass — sat out the entire season with a back injury and Haut missed nearly the entire campaign with leg injuries.
But both returned in style this past winter.
Comeau made a major mark, winning the Division 1 state title in the 55-meter hurdles in a blazing 8.74 in front of her beaming father/coach Peter Comeau.
“I started coaching 20 years ago and to say one of my children would be a state champ, I can’t tell you how happy I am,” said the longtime head coach following the states. “I am the proudest dad ever.”
Haut delivered her comeback performance at the Merrimack Valley Conference meet, winning the long jump with a 17-7, shattering her personal best of 16-0. That isn’t even her best event. She excels in the triple jump, which is not held indoors.
Both should be even healthier for the outdoor season.
It hasn’t always been easy wrestling for Andover High. The Golden Warrior grapplers suffered through a losing streak that lasted two years. But that was broken on Feb. 12.