With the first true snow of the year having fallen, and the sound of cheers at Eugene V. Lovely Field now officially replaced by the noise of wind sprints in Dunn Gym, the Collins Field House and local hockey rinks, it is clear that the season has changed.
With winter having now all but officially arrived, it is time to reflect on a tremendous fall at Andover High, which saw one team continue its decade-plus of dominance over the state, while a trio of other teams made runs at state titles and individuals delivered dramatic moments and tremendous stats.
So, before we turn the page to the winter season, here’s a look back at the 2012 fall in Andover High sports.
No matter how many titles she wins, it has certainly never grown old for iconic Mass. swimming coach Marilyn Fitzgerald.
This fall, her Golden Warriors claimed their fourth straight Division 1 state meet title, and 13th in the last 14 years.
Leading the way was USC-bound star Maggie D’Innocenzo, who won the 200 freestyle (1:51.66) and repeating in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.67), along with leading the victorious 400 freestyle and 200 medley relay teams in the state meet.
The Golden Warriors were also paced by the likes of Ashlee and Alexa Korsberg, diver Deborah Daly and a wide range of contributing stars.
It was a historic season for the Andover football team, which claimed its second Merrimack Valley Conference Division 1 title in three seasons and made its second postseason appearance since 1975.
The Golden Warriors finished the season 10-2, tying for the program’s best record since The Andover Townsman began keeping records in 1982.
Andover was a win against Lowell away from its second undefeated regular season in school history (11-0, 1974).
Simply said, the girls volleyball team was unbeatable this regular season.
The Golden Warriors finished the regular season a stunning 21-0, ending the year 23-1 and advancing to the Division 1 state semifinals for the second time in three seasons.