Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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June 20, 2013

McNaughton filled the bill for AHS softball

It was not an easy season for Andover High softball coach Steve Tisbert and his Warriors team. It finished 6-14.

But the season wasn’t as bad when you consider Andover lost its first seven games of the season.

One of the highlights, according to Tisbert, was his new pitcher this season, junior Laura McNaughton.

Andover lost its starting pitcher, who transferred to a private school, and turned to McNaughton, who had only started pitching as a freshman.

“We really looked to Laura to lead our team from the mound,” Tisbert said. “She pitched admirably all year and with a little more timely hitting by our team she would have pitched us into the tournament.

“Laura is an exceptional competitor and became the backbone for our team.”

Along with softball, McNaughton also plays soccer at the high school and is a member of the dance team.

Oh yes, she’s also a high honor student and was recently selected to be one of next year’s captains.

“A pleasure to coach,” Tisbert said.

Andover turned to Paige on the courts

We don’t give out official Unsung Awards for our high school athletes, but if we did, Andover High sophomore Paige Webster would be a worthy candidate.

Being underrated and/or unsung on an Andover High tennis team is easy. There are three kids of players: Great, very good and good.

Webster finished 10-0 in Merrimack Valley Conference play and was 15-1 on the year, which earned her MVC All-Star recognition, barely missing out on an All-Conference honor.

“She’s most mentally the toughest player on our team,” coach Alan Hibino said. “She always came to practice with energy and enthusiasm. She was one of our hardest workers and showed great integrity, maturity and respect on and off the court.”

Webster is an honor roll student and member of the ski team. And she was also on the AHS Sophomore Class Board of Directors.

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