Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


February 21, 2013

Last of its kind

Boys gymnastics wins first state title in 43 years


Friday was not a complete goodbye to the sport for the underclassmen as Sirois said AHS boys gymnastics will continue. The team will join the Gymnastics Federation and meets will happen next year. The difference is that boys gymnastics will not be regulated by the MIAA, like other high school sports.

“But, we are getting so much support around town and it’s great,” Sirois said. “This is an important sport, so AHS will have it, just not with MIAA support.”

The MIAA’s next meeting is Thursday, March 7 and Sirois said coaches from those seven high schools will attend. An MIAA spokesman has told the Townsman it is unlikely to change its decision.

Evan’s father, Dan Igoe, was a captain on the team in 1983. Now a police officer in Andover, he said winning the state title is fitting. The boys worked hard. But he is sorry to see the sport no longer recognized, he said.

“It’s a sad day for Andover High,” Dan Igoe said. “A program like gymnastics, a program outside the classroom, is so important for character building, socializing...just a sad day.”

Evan Igoe is not sure if he will play on a school team run by the Gymnastics Federation. Like most team members, he’s still enjoying the big win, even if it is a bit bittersweet.

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