Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

May 30, 2013

Sports from the community

The Andover Townsman

---- — Gymnasts advancing to regionals

Therese Pelletier and Devon Ford, both fifth-graders in Andover, competed at the Xcel Gold State Gymnastics Championships May 12. Therese placed second (36.9 AA) and Devon placed sixth (36.175 AA).

Both girls have qualified for regional championships taking place in June. Therese attends Pike School and practices at Yellow Jackets in Middleton. Devon attends South School and practices at Gymstreet in Wilmington.

Cairns lauded as student-athlete

Andover High School graduate Leah Cairns was one of 29 student-athletes honored recently by Hamilton College in New York’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and its Department of Athletics.

Cairns, a senior, played field hockey at Hamilton. The award recipients must maintain an outstanding cumulative grade point average and make a significant contribution to their team.

Golf Tourney for Independence June 24

The Northeast Independent Living Program’s 10th annual Golf Tournament for Independence takes place Monday, June 24, at Indian Ridge Country Club in Andover. The tournament begins with registration and lunch at 11:30 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The dinner and awards program start at 6:30 p.m.

The cost is $165 per golfer and includes lunch, all fees and awards dinner. There will be a chance to win a 2013 Jeep Wrangler with a hole-in-one on the prize hole.

To register or offer a business sponsorship, visit

Cougar Summer Sports Skills Clinics

The coaches at Austin Preparatory School in Reading are offering their expertise to girls and boys through four sports clinics this summer.

The clinics are being offered in July and August, and spaces are still available. The Cougar Summer Sports Skills Clinics are:

:Baseball: July 8 to 11, boys ages 8 to 14; clinic director is Austin Prep varsity baseball coach Steve Busby .

Basketball: July 15 to 18, boys and girls ages 8 to 15; clinic directors are Austin Prep boys basketball assistant coach and middle school head coach Eric Polli and Austin Prep girls varsity basketball coach Mark Corbett.

Soccer: Aug. 13 to 16, boys and girls ages 10 to 14; clinic director is Austin Prep boys varsity soccer coach Vin Musto.

Tennis: Four sessions to run July 8 to Aug. 1, boys and girls ages 8 to 14, space is limited to 15 students per session; clinic director is Austin Prep girls varsity tennis coach Irene Lambert.

To register or for more details, visit and click the athletics tab. Questions may be directed to Patricia Gonzalez, director of athletics, at 781-944-4900 or

Items for the Community Sports Briefs may be emailed to

A group of Andover Pee Wee Major All-Stars represented the town in the 2013 Breakaway Invitational Cup Tournament hosted at the Breakaway Ice Center in Tewksbury. The local boys beat Wilmington 5-2 last Sunday to win the championships and its fourth title in five years. The same team also won the tournament in 2009, 2010 and 2011. The team includes Joe Biddle, Caedan Dillman, Alexander Duncan, Andrew King, John Kuta, Jake Lachance, Thomas Manty, Riley Smith, Will Winship, John Gemmell, Conner Rinklin and Mike Hughes and is coached by Will Winship and Scott Lachance. The multi-weekend tournament, which was re-designed to provide a fun and highly competitive experience to showcase the best hockey talent in the area, matched up 12 All-Star teams representing communities across the Merrimack Valley. All net sponsorship revenue from the Breakaway Invitational Cup will go to the Travis Roy Foundation.