The snow is finally beginning to melt, the days are growing longer, and that noise you may have heard was the sound of baseball bats and lacrosse sticks being dusted off, and the track team moving from the field house to Lovely Field.
But before the spring season kicks off, it’s time to look back on another classic winter season in Andover High sports.
Here are some reflections on the 2012-13 Golden Warrior campaign.
Was the shot good? Had the buzzer ended the game?
Two-plus weeks later, everyone is still asking that question about David Giribaldi’s hoop as time expired in the Division 1 North tourney matchup with top-seeded St. John’s Prep in one of the most dramatic wins in recent memory.
The referees ruled the dramatic shot was good, and the Golden Warriors went on to stun the red-hot Eagles and advance to the Division 1 North semifinals.
Central Catholic hockey spent nearly the entire season ranked in the Top 5 in the state, and made a run in the Super 8 tournament.
But that didn’t matter to the Golden Warriors.
Behind a whopping 43 saves for goalie Colby Gilbert, Andover High shocked its archrival Raiders 3-0.
It made it even more amazing, since Central walloped the Warriors 8-1 in their first meeting of the season.
Goals by Tyler Weeks, Mark Campbell and Danny Keenan led to the epic upset.
Central Catholic girls basketball will play for the Division 1 state title on Saturday, but Devon Caveney and her Warriors got the best of the Raiders in January. Caveney scored eight of her 16 points in the fourth as the Golden Warriors topped the favored Raiders 49-37.
Andover boys gymnastics had to wait a day for it to be official due to a clerical error, but it was worth the wait.