Kyle Rocker scored 11 of his game-high 25 points in the fourth quarter to lead Andover to its biggest win of the season, 66-57 over fellow MVC power Lawrence on Senior Night on Friday.
“This was a very big win for us,” said Rocker. “I kept telling myself we had to get the W. I didn’t get off to a good start, but once I got in my rhythm, I felt pretty good.”
Aidan Cammann, Andover’s 6-foot-6 sophomore center, scored 14 of his 18 points after halftime. He also grabbed 14 rebounds and had three blocks.
“Faz (coach Dave Fazio) has been telling me I have to score more, so I’m trying to go to the basket more,” said Cammann. “I felt I had a little bit of a (height) advantage and I wanted to use it.”
Richie Shahtanian added 13 points, including three 3-pointers.
Kyle Rocker continued to dazzle with 27 points as Andover closed out the regular season by rolling past Charlestown 77-53 on Sunday. Aidan Cammann added 12 points for the winners.
Charlie McCarthy scored 14 points, but Andover fell to undefeated Division 1 North favorite Lowell 76-57 last Tuesday. Kyle Rocker added 16 points for the Warriors.
Kiley wins Division 1 title
Molly Kiley stole the show, winning the 2-mile in 11:28.61 to pace Andover at the Division 1 state meet last Wednesday at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston.
Star sophomore Jodi Parrott was second in the 55 hurdles (school record 8.51), fourth in the long jump (17-1) and eighth in the high jump (4-10). The foursome of Nicole Major, Leila Boudries, Kiley and Kayla DiBenedetto added a seventh in the 4x200 relay (10:09.50).
Makiej, Drake keep flying
Michael Makiej took second in the high jump, and teammate Jack Drake was fourth — each jumping 6-4 — to lead Andover at the Division 1 state meet last Wednesday.
Maita, Heidke earn titles
No one had more reason to celebrate at Saturday’s Division 1 North sectional than Andover.
While finishing third as a team, the Warriors crowned their first-ever sectional champs in 160-pounder Elias Maita and heavyweight AJ Heidke, and qualified eight wrestlers for next weekend’s Division 1 state meet at Methuen.
To top it off head coach Mike Bolduc was named Division 1 North Coach of the Year at the conclusion of the meet.
Maita won a hard-fought 5-3 decision over St. John’s Prep’s Achilles Gikas in the finals to improve to 38-1 on the year while Heidtke used a strong third period to beat Haverhill’s Jay Levy, 6-3, and is now 32-8 on the year.
Finishing second for the Warriors were Jonathan Davila (145) and Sean Ballou (170). Among the other placers, the biggest surprise was a third at 220 by sophomore Yasser Maita, who had two pins including in the consolation finals.
“It was definitely a very good day for us,” said Bolduc.
St. John’s Prep’s Rawson Iwanicki of Andover won the 138-pound title and improved to his season record to a sterling 45-2..
Andover got quick revenge for its loss in the finals of the Hillie duals, tripping Lawrence 40-30 last Wednesday. That gave the Warriors (21-3) a school record 21 wins and clinched a tie for the MVC Division 2 title.
Key wins for the Warriors were by Theo Krueger at 126, Connor Sheehan at 182 and heavyweight AJ Heidtke who avenged a personal loss with a 10-0 major decision.
MVC D1 champs
Back from a minor injury, Jake Brezner made 24 saves as Andover clinched the Merrimack Valley Conference Division 1 title with a 5-3 victory over Westford Academy last Monday. Nate Byers, Mike Feeney, Leo Byers, Anthony Previte and Tim Kobelski each scored a goal for the winners (9-8-1).
Anton Pace and Leo Byers each scored two goals to lead Andover to a 10-2 drubbing of Acton-Boxboro last Wednesday. Steve Ingram, Billy Moulton, Luke Vaccaro, Anthony Previte, Evan Arpin and Ryan O’Sullivan each added a goal for the winners.
Andover fell to Cape Ann League power Newburyport 4-1 on Saturday.
Hanscom heats up
Amelia Hanscom scored a team-high 16 points as Andover rolled past Lowell 62-37 last Tuesday. Brooke Hardock added 10 points and Anna Foley scored 14 points for the winners.
Despite 15 points for Tatum Shaw, Andover fell to Billerica 48-34 on Friday.
Andover beat Austin Prep (98.5-36.5) but fell to Masconomet (94-41) last Tuesday.
Andover placed fourth as a team (376 points) at the North Shore Ski League championship last Wednesday.
Andover was sixth as a team (443 points) at the North Shore Ski League championship last Wednesday.