Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


October 17, 2013

Merinder leading way for Andover in fall league


A’s pitcher was Mike Yaz’s ex-teammate at Vanderbilt

Andover’s Mike Yastrzemski, also a St. John’s Prep alum, was a college teammate of Oakland A’s rookie sensation Sonny Gray at Vanderbilt University. The 23-year-old A’s starter, who took the loss in Game 5 last week to Detroit (he allowed three runs over five-plus innings), pitched eight scoreless innings in the A’s 1-0 victory over Detroit the previous week in Game 2 of their American League Division Series.

Gray was a first-round pick, 18th overall, in the 2011 draft. He went 5-3 with a 2.67 ERA in 12 games, 10 starts for Oakland during the regular season. Gray received a shaving cream pie in the face from teammates.

Selling themselves short?

That’s apparently what happened when Andover High swimming coach Marilyn Fitzgerald called in her score to The Eagle-Tribune, The Townsman’s sister paper, the other day, saying the squad’s streak ran to 43 straight league meet wins.

Well, upon further review, Fitzgerald sent a note to the ET sports staff saying the streak really is 55.

Their last loss was to Chelmsford in 2008.

Unsung hero, John Oteri

While the guys with the stats get most of the credit in sports, particularly high school sports, we have to go out of our way to make sure some of the guys in the trenches get credit, and this week we give that honor to Andover High’s 6-foot-4 lineman, John Oteri.

Here’s what coach E.J. Perry had to say about Oteri recently:

“John has been the mainstay of the defense the last two years. He has been the highest-graded defensive player in each game since his junior year. He has the difficult task of stopping anything that will be run to the outside. His frame makes him a great outside linebacker/defensive end. This year, John has also stepped up to become a two-way player, playing the H-back position.”

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