Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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January 12, 2012

Andover High roundup: Boys gymnastics, girls track earn dramatic victories

Boys gymnastics

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.

Girls track

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.

Boys swimming

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.

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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.

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