Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


December 5, 2013

Farewell to fall

A look back at the season in Andover High sports

A major chill is in the air, the first snow has fallen to the ground and Christmas music has taken over the airwaves. With that marks the end of the fall season across Andover High.

Eugene V. Lovely Field now earns a season of rest as sports move inside to the Dunn Gym and Collins Field House.

But before the basketball season tips off, hockey season drops the puck and the starter gun for track goes off, let’s take a look back at another thrilling fall sports season for the Golden Warriors.

Indispensable imports

After a year away from football persuing his dream of being recruited by a Division 1 college lacrosse program, Will Eikenberry never lost his fire for the gridiron while in Maine at Brewster Academy, a school with no football.

So, this season, Eikenberry returned to Andover High, where he had previously starred as a sophomore, and the results were tremendous.

The senior stepped right back into his spot at inside linebacker and dominated from the start, finishing the season with a team-best 96 tackles, 43 solo, three interceptions — one he returned for a touchdown — and two forced fumbles. He also added a spark at running back with four touchdown runs and three TD catches.

After moving to Andover from Virginia in the summer of 2012, Rachel Schnakenberg had her doubts that she would even make the powerhouse Andover varsity volleyball team out of tryouts.

More than a year later, she has proven herself wrong in a big way.

Schnakenberg was a key member of the state semifinalist Golden Warriors, leading the team in kills (202) and blocks (138).

Courtney Grygiel was around the girls soccer team a season ago, but a torn ACL left her on the sidelines the entire year.

But this fall she was back, and returned with a vengeance scoring seven goals for the Golden Warriors.

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