Sebastian Silveira may have taken up running the hurdles just a few short months ago, but the Andover High senior certainly proved he could take on the best of the best this past Saturday.
Competing against the state’s elite, Silveira ran to a fourth-place finish in the 400 hurdles and a sixth in the 110 hurdles at the Massachusetts All-State Track Meet.
Silveira blazed to a 56.14 in the 400 hurdles, while running a 15.16 in the 110 hurdles, earning points in both events.
Andover’s other placement came in the 4x100 relay, as the team of Kevin Chen, Sean Caveney, Oliver Eberth and Sean Roselle took sixth in 43.46.
Warriors bow out
Despite two goals each by Jake Lakos and John Oteri, No. 5 Andover lost to No. 1 seed Acton-Boxboro in the Division 1 North semifinal last Saturday.
Will Eikenberry, Hunter Tyrrell and Will Reardon each had an assist and Walter Pappas stood out in goal with 10 saves for the Warriors.
“I thought we did a lot of good things,” coach Wayne Puglisi (16-6) said. “Possession time was good and we defended well. We only gave up four goals in the first half, which is good. But we also made some mistakes in our execution, and you cannot come up short at this point in the season or against a team this good.
“It is very emotional to say good-bye to these seniors who have done so much for the program.”
Marathon match falls short
Andover fought through a grueling four-hour match, but in the end, the No. 2 seed Golden Warriors lost to top-seed Acton-Boxboro in the Division 1 North semifinals last Monday, June 2.
No. 2 singles player Varun Penamatsa earned a win 7-5, 6-4, while Drew Rooks took No. 3 singles 6-3, 6-1 for the Golden Warriors, which ended the season 17-2.
Thriller ends in heartbreak
Andover High rallied back with four second-half goals, but it was not enough and the No. 2 Golden Warriors suffered a 10-9 loss to No. 3 Winchester in the Division 1 North semifinals last Tuesday, June 3.
Charlotte Lenes ended her stellar season in fine fashion with five goals, while Courtney Grygiel and Weezie Gross each scored two goals for the Warriors, who closed out the year 15-5-1.