Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

May 1, 2014

Community Scoreboard


The Andover Townsman

---- — Two local gymnasts soared to the podium in competition last month.

Emily Rothmann won the USA Gymnastics Level 9 Regional Championships for Region VI, which includes New England and New York, at the regional competitions on April 13 in Springfield. In addition to being the All-Around champion, she placed first on both beam and vault, second on floor and fourth on bars.

A sophomore at Andover High School, her showing qualified her for this Saturday’s USA Gymnastics Eastern Nationals in Tampa, Fla.

Olivia Ehrgott, meanwhile, finished second in the all-around competition and was state champion on the uneven bars at this spring’s Massachusetts USA Gymnastics Level 7 State Championship meet. The 11-year-old is a sixth-grader at Pike School in Andover.

Both gymnasts train at Brestyan’s American Gymnastics Club in Burlington.

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Three local teens recently received winter athletic awards from Austin Preparatory School in Reading.

Sophomore Meghan Bodette was selected as a Catholic Central League Swimming All-Star.

Senior Cecilia Bole received the Varsity Dance Team Award of Excellence.

Junior Ryan McDonough was selected as a Catholic Central League Ice Hockey All-Star.

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Conor O’Reilly of Andover has been chosen as a recipient of a 2014 Hobey Baker High School Character Award.

Sponsored by Warrior Hockey and The Sports Museum in Boston and supported by high school coaches in Massachusetts, the award is presented to the boy or girl on each participating high school team who most exemplifies the values and traits of Hobey Baker: character, commitment, teamwork, persistence, selflessness, academic excellence and sportsmanship.

Born in 1892 in Philadelphia, Baker was considered the best athlete of his time. Each year since 2003, the Hobey Baker Memorial Foundation honors each high school’s hockey player who best embodies Baker’s legacy with a Character Award. O’Reilly joins about 90 high school athletes across Massachusetts in being singled out this year.

The awards ceremony includes the presentation of the Hobey Baker Memorial Award to the top college player in the country.

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