Patrick Meagher needed just 46 seconds to score a pin at 120 pounds, Shaun Merrill (170 pounds) added a pin in 1:06, Matt Marcotte (132) scored a pin in 1:18 and Matt Stamos (195 pounds) pinned in 3:24 as the Golden Warriors took down Peabody 42-39.
It was going to be a major rebuilding season for the Andover girls basketball team, right?
The Golden Warriors had graduated a 1,000-point scorer in Devon Caveney and an All-Scholastic defensive stopper in Jackie Alois, and were breaking in a new coach in football head man E.J. Perry to replace four-time state champion Jim Tildsley.
So, what were the odds the Warriors would make a run at a Christmas Tournament title? As it turned out, very strong.
Behind 15 points by Jessica Witten in the title game, Andover took home the Hyde Division title in the newly named Commonwealth Motors Christmas Classic. The Warriors beat Salem (N.H.) and Lawrence on their way to the crown.
The Warrior girls finished an impressive 16-6 and earned a Division 1 state tourney win over Lynn Classical.
With a championship on the line, not only did the Andover girls gymnastics team meet the challenge, the Golden Warriors performed better than they ever have.
The Warriors scored a school-record 146.1 points to win the North Sectional title on Feb. 22. Courtney Carver led the way, taking first in the floor exercise and third in the all-around.
It was a big season all-around for the gymnastics team, led by Carver and Jessie Livingston. The Warriors also won the Merrimack Valley Conference Division 1 meet title, finished a stellar second at states and was third at New Englands.
The Andover girls hockey team fired shot after shot at the goaltender, and time after time, the Newton North goalie turned away the Golden Warriors’ shots in the Division 1 North tournament preliminary round game.