Andover boys tennis suffered just one loss during the regular season, but it wasn’t always easy. Twice, the Golden Warriors were pushed to the limit — by powerhouses St. John’s Prep and Wellesley — only for the Warriors to come away victorious 3-2.
In both cases, Andrew Imrie earned victory at No. 1 singles and Drew Rooks came through in the No. 3 spot.
The softball team opened the season in April in dazzling fashion with a comeback victory over archrival North Andover.
Amy Stankiewicz singled, went to second on a walk and scored on a single by Tori Roche in the seventh for the winning run in Andover’s 12-11 victory.
Later that month, the Warriors added another thriller. Trailing 10-5 in the bottom of the seventh, Andover scored six runs on seven hits to surge past Haverhill 11-10. Brooke Kabriel had three hits on the day, including the game winner. Theresa Ross had an RBI double.
Behind 22 kills by Chase Webber, the volleyball team rallied to upset Lincoln-Sudbury 3-2 on May 6.
Love of the game
Very few, if anyone, love softball more than Andover senior Nicole Ericson. So it cut her heart out when she had to miss her entire junior season with a torn ACL suffered during ski season.
But she bounced back this year, finally healthy, hitting .322 with 15 runs scored and 10 RBIs.
Don’t bother asking Kenny Doherty what sport he loves the most. A true three-sport throwback, he loves football, basketball and volleyball equally.
He certainly starred in his final season on the court for Warriors volleyball, as the team leader in service points.
His running mate was senior co-captain Alec Dean, a four-year standout who was the team’s kills leader.