Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


December 5, 2013

Farewell to fall

A look back at the season in Andover High sports


Andover senior running back Jack Sylvester’s season was seriously limited due to an ankle injury that hindered him the entire season. But when he was right, he continued to be one of the best backs in the state.

In back-to-back weeks, Sylvester notched 200-yard games, rushing for 217 yards in a win over Billerica, then 206 yards in a win over LaSalle (R.I.). Thanksgiving may have been a tough loss, but he still rushed for one touchdown and returned a kickoff for another.

While Sylvester was sparking the offense, the massive defensive line duo of Ben Hartford and Ommel Bonilla were leading the defense. Bonilla, a junior, was second on the team with 80 tackles, while Hartford, a senior, made a team-high 4.5 sacks.

Sophomores Jacquelyn Leone and Brenna Keefe were each listed as promising newcomers on the field hockey preseason preview, and that promise sure turned into production.

Leone notched a team-best 12 goals for the season, while Keefe score nine for the Golden Warriors. Joining them on the stat sheet was senior Mikayla Panneton, who scored seven times.

Andover boys soccer must have been concerned it would take a hit when its returning starting goaltender decided not to play. But in stepped Mike Weber, who performed in outstanding fashion.

Weber started every game in goal for the Warriors, notching four shutouts and allowing just 1.7 goals per game. That includes holding powerhouse North Andover to just one goal in a 1-0 loss.

The Alois name is certainly a familiar one in Andover sports, but girls soccer star Veronica Alois is certainly carving out her niche. This season, the sophomore scored 17 goals, including the sudden-death winner in a state tourney win over Chelmsford. She plans to keep those scoring ways going into hockey.

Championship performances

After battling injuries for much of the fall, senior cross country star Leila Aruri came alive when it mattered.

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