Warriors shock champs
Facing the three-time defending state champions is no easy task, but Andover was far from intimidated.
"They just would not quit," said coach Steve Sirois. "They were so excited to compete and win."
Behind two victories and three second-place finishes by Brian Manning, the Golden Warriors upset powerhouse Braintree 155.9-149.3 last Thursday.
Manning won the pommel horse (8.6) and rings (8.0), was second in the parallel bars, high bar and all-around and was third in the vault and floor exercise. Cody Flaherty added a third in the all-around for the winners.
Freshman runs to win
With the meet coming down to the final event of the day, freshman Lily Puccia turned on the jets with an amazing anchor leg to give Andover a victory in the 4x400 in 4:22.8, one second ahead of Central Catholic to lead the Golden Warriors to a 44-42 victory over their archrivals last Wednesday.
"The placed was rocking," said Andover coach Peter Comeau. "I haven't heard the field house that loud in a long time. Central led the relay the entire way and Lily pulled away at the end. It was an amazing meet."
Puccia was joined on the deciding relay, always Andover's specialty, by her sister Alex Puccia, Abbey Pustis and Emily Van Antwerp.
Maggie Mullins added a victory in the 2-mile (11:20.5) and Meghan McPhee took the mile (5:45.2) for the Golden Warriors.
Hunter, Belanger dominate
John Belanger won the 100 freestyle (49.89), Dave Hunter took the 500 freestyle (5:12.96) and 100 backstroke (57.25) and they swam on both the winning 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays as Andover downed BC High 96-90 on Monday.
Dave Iannalfo won the 100 butterfly (57.35), Dave Hunter took the 100 freestyle (50.09) and they teamed with Stan Camin and John Belanger to win the 200 medley relay as Andover topped Lowell 100-81 on Friday. Stan's little brother Vince Camin took the 100 breaststroke.
Kearns leads the way
Jess Kearns placed first in 20.81 as Andover took four of the top five spots on the way to beating North Andover (95-40) and Austin Prep (126-9) on Monday. Following Kearns were Golden Warriors Kerry Christopher (second), Julia Ganley (third) and Nicole Erickson (fifth). Sara Faigel (ninth) added another top-10 finish.
Boudreau helps top rivals
After a tough first half, Nicole Boudreau heated up in the second half, finishing with 23 points including five 3-pointers to give Andover a 53-42 victory over archrival Central Catholic last Wednesday.
"Our win was because of our defense," said guard Devon Caveney, who scored 10 points. "We made steals when we needed to. We covered Casey (McLaughlin) really well. We needed to stop her."
Leading the defense were sisters Jackie Alois and Rebecca Alois, who were each tough under the basket for the smaller Golden Warriors.
Angelice Gonzalez scored a team-high 10 points as Andover topped pesky Tewksbury 47-40 last Tuesday. Rebecca Alois added eight points and Devon Caveney chipped in with seven points for the winners.
Jessie Livingston won the vault (8.8) and all-around (34.9) and was second in the beam and bars as Andover topped Acton-Boxboro 136-127 last Tuesday. Jenny Coneeny added a win in the bars (8.7).
Appleton, Keefe heat up
Emily Appleton scored one goal and assisted on another as Andover topped Concord-Carlisle 4-2 on Saturday. Mikayla Panneton, Meaghan Leary and Weezie Gross each added a goal and Meagan Keefe chipped in with four assists for the winners.
Despite a goal for Meagan Keefe, Andover lost to Hingham 3-1 on Monday. Laura Morissette added an assist on the goal.
Caroline Hughes scored a goal, off an assist from Kendra Dargoonian, but Andover lost to Chelmsford 3-1 last Wednesday.
Farnham wins dash
Cam Farnham won the 50-yard dash (5.7), but Andover lost to Central Catholic 54-32 last Wednesday. Pat O'Sullivan (600), added Andover's other victory.
Warriors fall just short
Andover led by two points at halftime, but struggled to create offense in the second half and a late rally fell short as the Golden Warriors lost to Central Catholic 61-51 on Friday. James Costello paced the Warriors with 12 points and Sam Dowden added 11 points.
Sam Dowden scored a team-high 19 points as Andover topped Tewksbury 56-44 last Tuesday. Chris Dunn stayed hot from the outside with three 3-pointers and Max Silveira chipped in with six points for the winners.
McIver keeps scoring
Despite a goal from Matt McIver, Andover fell to Chelmsford 3-1 last Wednesday. Liam Centrella assisted on the goal.
Ferris earns a pin
Tyler Ferris recorded a pin in 2:31 at 103 pounds, but Andover fell to Pentucket 43-21 last Wednesday. Jake O'Brien added a 4-2 decision for the Warriors.