The time has arrived. Baseballs, bats, hurdles and lacrosse sticks have been safely packed away as summer is officially in full bloom.
The 2014 spring sports season has come to a close at Andover High, but not before delivering another season of thrills and excitement.
It was a season that saw the baseball team advance to the Division 1 state semifinals — its best tourney run in nearly 10 years, track star Sebastian Silveira go from hurdles newcomer to starring at Nationals, Nicole Ericson return to the softball diamond and fine seasons from lacrosse to volleyball.
Oh, and then there was the girls tennis team, which took home a thrilling state title.
Here is a look back at some of the greatest moments and biggest stars from the 2014 Golden Warriors spring season.
What more can be said about the amazing season for the girls tennis team?
The Golden Warriors flew through the regular season undefeated, then multiple stars took turns coming through in the clutch to lock down the state title.
Whether it was Courtney Nash in the first round, Samantha Camilo in the North finals, Karena Yan in the state semifinals or the doubles team of Laurie-Maude Chenard and Sydney Ferry in the title match, when the meet was on the line, the Golden Warriors always found a way to play like champions.
With a combination of brilliant pitching and explosive hitting, Andover baseball advanced all the way to the Division 1 state semifinals, its best showing in the playoffs since the 2005 season.
Reid Bryant’s complete-game three-hitter led the Warriors to an upset over Malden Catholic, Gabe Hernandez was the surprise hero with a game-winning two-run triple in the North title game and Sam Bennett was brilliant throughout, even in the state semifinal loss.