The Andover Townsman
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Brian Manning closed out his high school career in serious style, winning every individual event to lead Andover High to a state title with 164.5 points, well ahead of No. 2 Lowell (150.4). It marked Andover’s first state meet title since The Andover Townsman began keeping records in 1990, and since the 1970s according to coach Steve Sirois. The Golden Warriors placed second in 1995.
Manning set a state record in the vault (9.8) and placed first in the parallel bars (9.0), high bar, pommel horse, floor and rings. He won the all-around with a 55.0, far ahead of No. 2 Evan Burk of Burlington (40.5).
Christopher wins thriller
Kerry Christopher scored a thrilling victory in 21.55 — just .01 ahead of Alex Marshall of Manchester-Essex (21.56) for the crown — to lead Andover to the team victory at the Interscholastic Meet last Thursday with 270 points. Other Golden Warriors in the top five included Julia Ganley (third) and Sara Faigle (fifth) while Jessica Leung was 14th and Lauren Buhrer 15th as Andover well outdistanced Manchester-Essex (214).
Kerry Christopher continued to dominate, winning the Grade 11-12 race in 42.44 to lead Andover in the 21st Bove Memorial Race last Thursday.
Kobelski, relay second
Cassie Kobelski scored a second-place finish in the shot put with a 37-6 1/2, and the 4x800 relay of Cate Donovan, Sophie Draper, Leila Aruri and Sarah Rothman was runner-up in 9:40.01 as Andover placed fourth as a team in the Division 1 state meet with 37 points on Saturday. Courtney Comeau was second in the 55 hurdles (8.86) and the squad of Lily Puccia, Jill Gamache, Molly Lennon and Abbie Pustis finished fifth in the 4x400 for the Warriors.
Zhao takes gold
Eric Zhao won the 100 freestyle in 48.01 to pace Andover at the boys Division 1 state swim meet on Sunday. Zhao added a sixth in the 200 freestyle (1:48.14) while Alex Blake was third in the diving. The Golden Warriors finished seventh as a team.
Warriors spread out offense
Six different Golden Warriors scored a goal as Andover topped Boston Latin 6-0 on Sunday. Jojo Olsen, Jess Leone, Caroline Hughes, Morgan Manning, Mary Latona and Mikayla Panneton each tallied a goal for the winners.
Caroline Hughes scored a goal, but Andover lost to Billerica 5-1 last Wednesday. Jess Leone assisted on the Warrior goal.
A season ago, Andover goalie Colby Gilbert said that if he could have one shutout in his career, it would be against Central Catholic.
Fortunately for Gilbert and the Golden Warriors, he didn’t have to make a choice.
The senior netminder made 43 saves to blank the state powerhouse for the second time in his career, scoring his fifth shutout of the season, as Andover High shocked the Raiders, 3-0 on Saturday.
“I’m on top of the world,” said Gilbert after the win. “To come out against a team that crushed us last time, and to do this, is unimaginable.”
Tyler Weeks gave Andover the lead for good with 4:38 to go in the first, and Scott Campbell set up Mark Campbell for the second-period insurance score. Keenan then closed out the scoring with his empty-netter in the final seconds.
Senior defenseman Steven Castaldo made his first goal of the season count, scoring early in the third for the deciding goal in Andover’s 4-3 win over Westford Academy last Wednesday. Will Sauerbrunn added a pair of goals and an assist, Scott Campbell scored a goal and Mark Campbell had two assists for the winners.
Tarricone places fifth
Andover’s Jake Tarricone placed fifth overall in 45.89 as Andover took third as a team at the Interscholastic Meet last Tuesday with 431.5 points. Bill Baldwin was the next in for the Warriors in 11th overall (48.14) and Ian Bensley finished 17th (50.19).
Sebastian Keene placed third in the Grade 6-8 race in 44.78 to highlight Andover in the 21st Bove Memorial Race last Thursday.
Dunn hits from deep
Chris Dunn scored a team-high 19 points as Andover rolled over Needham 72-48 in the Roche Brothers Tourney first round on Sunday. Max Silveira added 12 points, Sam Dowden had 11 points and Dave Giribaldi scored 10 for the winners.
Max Silveira scored 13 points to help lead Andover to a 61-49 victory over Lawrence last Tuesday. David Giribaldi added 12 points while Chris Dunn tallied a game-high 16 points, including four 3-pointers, for the winners.
David Giribaldi led a late rally with 12 points, but Andover fell short to archrival Central Catholic 60-54 on Friday. Sam Dowden scored 13 points while Jack Konevich chipped in with 11 points and Max Silveira had nine for the Warriors.
Alois red hot
Jackie Alois tallied a game-high 18 points as Andover snapped a two-game losing streak with a 55-32 win over Notre Dame on Senior Night on Saturday. Devon Caveney added 12 points, Colleen Caveney had eight points and Jessica Witten chipped in with seven for the winners.
Despite four 3-pointers each for Jackie Alois and Devon Caveney, Andover lost to Westford Academy 72-61 on Sunday. Olivia Biles hit three 3-pointers for 12 points and Caveney had a team-high 21 for the Warriors.
Devon Caveney scored 20 points, including six 3-pointers, but Andover fell to archrival Central Catholic 64-45 last Thursday. Angelice Gonzalez had nine points and Olivia Biles scored eight for the Warriors
Angelice Gonzalez scored 13 points, but Andover fell to Billerica 76-47 last Tuesday. Devon Caveney had a team-high 14 points for the Warriors.
Carver third in vault
Courtney Carver scored a third in the vault (9.45) and took eighth in the all-around (36.5) for Andover at the State Individual Championships on Saturday. Emily Lowenstein chipped in with a fourth in the vault and Jessie Livingston added an eighth in the vault for the Golden Warriors.
Relay places sixth at states
Cam Farnham, Cole Organisciak, Matt Reardon and Hamza Naveed teamed to take sixth in the 4x200 relay in 1:33.75 at the Division 1 state meet on Saturday.