Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

April 17, 2014

Community Scoreboard


The Andover Townsman

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Jackie Giordano of Andover came up big at the USA Gymnastics state championships earlier this month.

Jackie, who turned 8 right after the competition, won first place in her session and finished second overall in the state for Level 3 out of 542 girls ranging in age from 6 to 13.

She nailed her bar routine with a score of 9.925 to earn first in that routine, and also finished first on beam, with seconds on floor and vault, finishing tops among the competition’s 7-year-old gymnasts.

Jackie is a student at West Elementary School in Andover and a student at GymStreet USA in Wilmington.

AHS girls tennis leading clinics

The Andover High School girls varsity tennis team will be offering a clinic at the new high school courts on Shawsheen Road from 10 a.m. to noon during three days of April vacation week.

The clinics, which cost $15 a day, will take place Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday next week. All ages and skill levels are welcome. To reserve a spot, email ahstennis2@gmail.com.

ANA Synchro ‘Defying Gravity’

ANA Synchro, the synchronized swim team based at Andover/North Andover YMCA, presents its 2014 annual show, “Defying Gravity,” next weekend at the facility’s pool at 165 Haverhill St. (Route 133) in Andover.

The show will feature the nationally competitive synchronized swimmers performing routines paired with music, spotlights and dazzling costumes. Leah Pinette, former captain of the U.S. Olympic Selection Team, coaches the swimmers, from novices to senior athletes.

“Defying Gravity” will be performed Saturday, April 26, at 3 and 6 p.m. and again Sunday, April 27, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $11 for seniors and $9 for students and are available in advance at the front desk at the Andover/North Andover YMCA. For more information, visit www.anasynchro.org or call the YMCA at 978-685-3541.

NECC Campus Classic 5K, Fun Run

Northern Essex Community College will hold its second annual Campus Classic 5K and Fun Run on Saturday, May 3.

The USATF-certified 5K race will begin at 10 a.m. on the college’s Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St. Competitive runners — as well as novices and walkers — are invited to participate. Registration is $30; online registration will remain open until April 30.

Children ages 12 and under are invited to participate in the Fun Run, which is organized by age group with the first race beginning at 9 a.m. Registration is $10. Children’s activities, including face painting and an obstacle course, will follow the race.

Awards will be given to the top male and female overall 5K finishers, plus age division winners. All Fun Run participants will receive an award. Since this is a Campus Classic, participants are encouraged to wear apparel from their own college.

Proceeds will benefit the NECC Annual Fund, which provides support for student scholarships and academic programs. For more information or to register, visit www.campusclassic5k.com.

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