Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Sports

July 12, 2012

Toughness makes Alois three-sport wiz

People marvel over how Jackie Alois is such a talented defensive basketball center at a mere 5-foot-6.

Except there is something about that 5-6 she's listed as in the game program and team previews.

"I'm 5-4," she corrected. "I'll take the couple inches!"

Jackie, the third oldest of six athletic siblings (five girls and the youngest, a boy), will take the couple inches and anything else she wants. Alois, who just finished her junior year at Andover High, brings a rare toughness to the playing fields which has made her an award-winning three-sport standout.

The Alois (pronounced ah-loyce) clan prides itself on being tough.

"A lot has to do with competitiveness," said Jackie from the family's summer home on the Jersey shore. "Anything we do is a fight to see who can be the best. We have that extra fight."

That fight helped her hold some of the state's best to well under their averages this winter. That would include in the state tourney alone, 5-10 UNH recruit Elizabeth Belanger of Acton-Boxboro (12 points, 5-16 shooting), Central Catholic's 6-foot Super Teamer Casey McLaughlin (10 points), Braintree's powerful 6-1 Molly Reagan (10 points) and Holyoke's 6-1 Alison Littles (8 points).

Seventeenth-year basketball coach Jim Tildsley, who has guided Andover to five Division 1 state titles, including the last three straight, said, "She has the strongest hands of any player I've ever had. She's the hardest working, best conditioned athlete I've ever coached.

"She can cover all those big players because of all of the above plus her instincts, heart and determination."

She certainly is a unique player.

This spring she earned All-MVC honors in lacrosse after also being named All-MVC in basketball and soccer, and defense is her calling card in all three sports.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
  • at awiszus photo

    DAVID WILLIS/Staff photo Tim Awiszus has proven dangerous with the bat in his hand. After scraping to make the varsity team last year, the senior has emerged as one of the Golden Warriors' most powerful hitters over the last two seasons.

    Awiszus a force with the bat to lead baseball team Posted 13 hours ago 1 Photo
  • at round photo 042414

    Courtesy photo Robert Perry of Andover High School won the men's 800 meter run at the Ottaviani Invitational Track Meet last Saturday at Haverhill High School. Perry won in 2:04 with James Busi of Timberlane High School in New Hampshire taking second in 2:05.7.

    Girls track claims first at Ottaviani Invitational Posted 13 hours ago 1 Photo
  • AT HARRISON

    Rick Harrison

    Fitting honor Posted 13 hours ago 1 Photo
  • SYNCHRO2

    COURTESY PHOTO ANA Synchro member Sachiko Hagiya flies through the air with Evan Costanzo as the base. They will perform with their team at their annual "Defying Gravity" show this weekend at the Andover/North Andover YMCA.

    ANA Synchro set to 'Defy Gravity' Posted 13 hours ago 3 Photos
  • 140408_AT_HAND_HOCKEY

    Courtesy photo The Valley Hockey League Bantam East AA League championship Andover Bantam 2 team includes, front row, from left, Matt Garesche, Will Hamilton, John Wacome, Jeff Zaeder, Will O'Neil, Grant Willis, A.J. Clark and Tommy Duncan; and, back row, from left, head coach Bill Hamilton, coach Chris Huntress, Aram Smith, Tommy Giacchetto, Michael Rosen, Nick Christopher, John Gemmell, Sam Huntress, Konstantinos Kantas and coach Dana Willis. Coach Steve Moreland and teammate John Moreland are missing from the photo.

    Championship season for Bantam 2 team Posted 13 hours ago 1 Photo
  • Thursday, April 17, 2014
  • at ericson photo

    PAUL BILODEAU/Staff photo Nicole Ericson prepares to take a cut for the Andover softball team. After missing her entire junior season with a knee injury, Ericson is back in her rightful place in the middle of the Golden Warrior lineup this season.

    After missing her junior year with a knee injury, Ericson is back and hitting for softball team Posted 7 days ago 2 Photos
  • at round photo

    CARL RUSSO/Staff file photo Terence Norton blasts home a spike last season. Norton and his Golden Warriors have been red hot of late, winning four straight.

    Baseball earns back-to-back walk-offs Posted 7 days ago 1 Photo
  • GYMNAST JACKIE

    COURTESY PHOTO Gymnast Jackie Giordano of Andover clutches her winning trophy on the medal stand at the USA Gymnastics state championships earlier this month.

    Community Scoreboard Posted 7 days ago 1 Photo
  • Thursday, April 10, 2014
  • Get Up and Go kicks into action Posted 14 days ago
  • at round photo

    File photo John Oteri, seen in action last year, scored goals in all three of Andover's lacrosse games last week.

    Roche, Stankiewicz boost softball to big win Posted 14 days ago 1 Photo

Pictures of the Week
Stocks