Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


March 8, 2012

Vetrano proud to see Boudreau become all-time scoring leader

Andover legend Chris Vetrano is willing to take on fellow all-time great Nicole Boudreau in one more 3-point competition. But if he loses, there will be no rematch.

"We said we'd do it so it might be coming up sometimes soon," said Vetrano with a laugh. "But if she wins again I'm done. Then she'll have everything."

For eight years, Vetrano sat atop the Andover basketball record books as the all-time leading scorer in school history with 2,090 career points before graduating in 2004.

But his reign came to an end Friday when Boudreau became the Golden Warriors' all-time top scorer by knocking down a pair of third-quarter free throws in a tournament victory over Acton-Boxboro.

And few were more proud of the accomplishment than the man she knocked down to No. 2 all-time.

"It's an unbelievable accomplishment and I am so happy for her," said Vetrano. "Anyone who can score over 2,000 points is doing something right and she is a tremendous competitor. Oh, and she's lights-out from 3-point land too."

Vetrano and Boudreau have known one another since Boudreau was a youngster going to basketball camp and working with Vetrano, a counselor. And from a young age Vetrano saw the fire in Boudreau.

"I have been around her since she was young and she has the burning desire to get better and better," said Vetrano. "I would say it's her work ethic. I know she wants to be the best player she can be."

Over the years the respect — and friendly rivalry — between the two has only grown.

"Chris is obviously a great player and I know him well," said Boudreau following Friday's game. "We work out at the same gym and we would always go back-and-fourth about the record. He'd tease me and say I didn't have a chance at the record."

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