By David Willis
---- — After more than nine months of incredible thrills and heart-stopping moments, of memories made and bonds formed that will last a lifetime, Eugene V. Lovely Field, the Dunn Gym and — other than a few Legion baseball games — Peter Aumais Park have gone quiet for the next few months.
Summer has arrived, and that means the 2012-13 Andover High sports year has come to an end.
But it didn’t end without the Golden Warriors delivering amazing performances and building amazing careers.
Here’s a look back at some of the best-of-the-best from the 2013 spring season at Andover High.
Silver (or Golden) sluggers
Simply said, area Merrimack Valley Conference pitchers could not handle Meg Leary. After all, at one point this season she was 10 for 12 with three doubles, two triples and a home run.
Leary finished the season with a slick .328 average with 19 runs and 15 RBIs — including a stunning .500 (20 for 40) average with 17 runs and 14 RBIs over the final 13 games of the season.
Throughout football season, the combination of Andrew Deloury and Cam Farnham was a nightmare to opposing defensive backs. This spring, they did the same to pitchers.
Deloury clobbered the MVC on the way to a cool .407 average with 22 runs and 15 RBIs, including a five-RBI day against archrival North Andover. His speedy buddy Farnham chipped in with a .317 average with 15 runs.
Whether on the ice or on the field, Meagan Keefe has made a career out of scoring goals. And this spring was no different, as she tore it up for the lacrosse team.
The senior potted 42 goals this spring, including a season-high eight in a win over Chelmsford. That after scoring 39 goals a year ago and 47 as a sophomore.
Keefe formed a dynamic duo with junior Weezie Gross, the third of the Gross sisters to star for the Warriors. Weezie — real name Louisa — scored 39 goals this season and has 104 for her varsity career.
Andrew Eriksen has had his name misspelled more than once — an errant ‘c’ most commonly — but opposing teams sure knew him well.
The Golden Warrior senior lacrosse co-captain scored an outstanding 56 goals. That after scoring 33 goals a season ago.
While he led the offensive attack, the UMass recruit, hard-hitting Tyler Weeks controlled the defensive end.
There is no question that Alec Dean is a star in the classroom. After all, he scored a 2,080 in his SATs, has a 4.3 GPA and will be applying early admission to Cornell, following in the tradition of his parents.
But it’s safe to say he brings some impressive skills to the volleyball court as well.
The 6-foot outside hitter averaged 15 kills, 11 service points and three digs per match. For his efforts, he was selected to the All-MVC team for the second consecutive season.
Right alongside him was middle hitter Kenny Doherty, who averaged 11 kills and 6 blocks per match. He’s a throwback, as he plays football and basketball as well.
A member of the National Honor Society, Jaclyn Torres didn’t have to sweat the college drama this spring. She had already been accepted to Brown University in November.
That freed up her mind for another outstanding lacrosse season, scoring 28 goals including seven in a matchup with Winchester.
Kings of the court
MVC opponents will be more than thrilled to have Austin Bendetson off to college tennis. After all, no league foe has found a way to beat him in — oh — two full seasons.
Bendetson won MVC Player of the Year honors each of the last two seasons after going unbeaten in the league. He was 12-0 in the MVC this season, dropping just one set in a victory over Reading. He also earned an easy 6-3, 6-3 win in the tourney loss to Westford Academy.
While Bendetson was dominating as the boys’ top singles player, it was Samantha Camilo who was doing the job for the girls.
Camilo scored 14 victories at the No. 1 singles spot, helping lead the Golden Warriors to a 19-2 record as a team this season.
Also starring for the Warriors was the senior trio of Julia Alagero, Rachel Holzman and Annie Garvin.
By any other name
After a great deal of soul searching, Andover’s Nathaniel Giammasi knew it was right to take on that name, after a lifetime of being called Nathaniel Spellacy.
“I started thinking about changing my name over the summer,” he said. “I told my mom and she was totally with me. But she left the decision up to me. My mom is the best. She has always been there for me and supported me.”
He may be known by another name, but Giammasi was his old self on the baseball field this season. He hit a solid .283 with seven runs and 11 RBIs while splitting time between catcher and second base.
It was the darkest day of an otherwise outstanding football season, when star linebacker Mark Zavrl tore his MCL and PCL and was done for the season.
After plenty of rehab, Zavrl finally returned to sports this spring. And he ended up setting a school record in the javelin with a throw of 193-8, shattering his own school mark of 181-8 last season. It was the third best throw in New England this year
On the girls side, no Andover track athlete made more highlights than sophomore Hannah Chapman. She won the EMass. Division 1 title in the triple jump with a school record 37-2.
Joining her in taking gold that day was the 4x100 team of Sydney Gillis, Natalie Wagner, Rachel Annino and Hannah Ameen.
Wait ‘til next year
Don’t forget that fans missed out on a trio of starters who were stuck on the sidelines this season.
Track star Courtney Comeau missed the entire spring season following a back injury. That after a winter where she took second at Division 1 states in the 55 hurdles following a sophomore spring when she won the MVC title in the 100 hurdles. The track team was also without MVC champion jumper Catherine Haut due to injury.
The softball team was left without its leadoff hitter, Nicole Ericson, after she suffered a torn ACL while competing for the school’s ski team. And it was a tough loss, since a year ago she hit .329 with 15 RBIs and 19 runs.
As a tribute, Meg Leary delivered her hot-hitting season while wearing Ericson’s batting gloves.
Lucky for the Golden Warriors, Comeau, Haut and Ericson are all heading into their senior year, so all will be back next season.