EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the third in a series spotlighting the unsung heroes of Andover High sports from the 2020-21 school year
We applaud some of the overachievers, the quiet leaders and the often overlooked athletes of Andover High’s sports teams for the 2020-21 school year.
NEVER HAS A BAD DAY
Coach Alan Hibino said, “She has a great attitude and enthusiasm every day. She never has a bad day.”
Eva (pronounced Ava), a 5-6 junior, is from a tennis family. Sister Nina McKone, who attends BC, played for the Golden Warriors and mom, Jo McKone, still plays. Nina also was an Unsung Hero honoree.
Nina is part of Andover High’s electric vehicle initiative. The National Honor Society student just took two AP exams: U.S. History and Language and Composition.
She has a dog, a Coton named Bibingka, which is a nod to her Filipino heritage. McKone enjoys gardening and is growing avocado trees.
Her favorites include tennis player Simona Halep, singer Lorde and Spanish teacher Ellen Gaudiano.
LEADS BY EXAMPLE
Coach E.J. Perry said, “Edward is a quiet leader, who leads by example. He is the first person to practice and the last to leave. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed coaching him.”
He had a huge game vs. Lowell with 26 digs.
The tri-captain is a star in the classroom. He and his twin brother, Thomas, are following their older siblings to Tufts. Emai just graduated and James is a Tufts junior.
Edward, a 5-6 libero, also runs indoor track (long jump, 300 meters). He’s in the National Honor Society and scored a 5 on his AP stats exam.
He’s president of the chess club and enjoys biking and playing the piano. Lai has a dog, a Havanese named Charlie.
Edward’s favorites include watermelon and his AHS Latin teacher Laura Jordan.
TIRELESS AND SELFLESS
Coach Patty Barrett said, “Kaitlin is a tireless worker and selfless teammate who has really come into her own during her junior and senior swim seasons. She is a pleasure to coach.”
Chung used to swim and dive but the last couple seasons just swam. The 5-foot recent graduate has played piano since age 5. She also has a passion for drawing and photography.
She’s co-president of both Amnesty International and UNICEF at Andover. Kaitlin plans to study biology at University of Rochester.
Chung’s favorites include Olympic swim legends Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky, St. Augustine’s School Latin teacher Kevin Moran and singers Jeremy Zucker and Anson Seabra.
MAN OF HIS WORD
Manas had a crazy schedule during Fall 2, getting ready for lacrosse, which he’ll be playing at Clark University, while playing in the Delayed football season.
On Senior Night, the 5-7, 145-pound receiver had his first varsity catch. He had promised coach E.J. Perry he’d get one.
Perry said, “He came to the sideline and was yelling, ‘I told you, Coach!’”
Joshi moved to Andover from Merrimack, N.H., in 6th grade. He works at Market Basket in North Andover and has played the piano for 10 years. He just got a new Halfmoon Fish named Sushi.
Joshi’s favorites include chicken parm calzones, “Family Guy,” Tom Brady, the movie “Interstellar” and history teacher Fred Hopkins.
DIVING RIGHT IN
Swimmers often pick up a new event but the Andover junior’s new event is diving.
Assistant coach Sean Geary said, “He’s gone above and beyond to get the team points. He has scored crucial points diving and also has been outstanding in the pool.”
Spring is from a legendary swimming/coaching family including dad Mike, grandmother Marilyn Fitzgerald, mom Patty Fitzgerald Spring and cousins Connie and Sally Brown. His siblings Riley and Michael were recent AHS athletes. Colin also plays lacrosse and runs cross country. He has a cat (Kiki) and enjoys longboarding.
Spring’s favorites include lacrosse star Paul Rabil and Wood Hill 7th grade teacher Cameron Woods.