After nearly two full years away, thanks to the coronavirus, Andover High’s spring sports teams have finally returned to action.
Having lost the 2020 season due to COVID-19, the Golden Warrior baseball, softball, lacrosse and boys volleyball squads — along with wrestling — kicked off their seasons last week. A few teams look ready for big seasons, and a few individuals are primed to make highlights in track.
Here is a look at the Andover High teams that are currently in action this spring:
2019 season: 14-10, lost Division 1 North final
Returning starters (3): Aidan Ritter, Sr., P/INF; Nolan Schirmer, Sr., C; Anthony Teberio, Sr., P/1B/3B
Returning lettermen: Ryan Grecco, Sr., P; Tanner O’Sullivan, Sr., 1B/OF/P
Promising newcomers: Terry Morrissey, Sr., 1B/OF; Andrew Smithson, Sr., P; Dylan Brenner, Jr., 3B/P; Evan Brenner, Jr., 2B/P; Jackson Brown, Jr., P/OF; Brian Gibson, Jr., INF/OF; P.J. Reming, Jr., IF/P; Tyler Walles, Jr., C/3B; Joe Bucci, Soph., C/1B; Scotty Brown, Soph., OF; Chase Lembo, Soph., 3B/P; Braeden Archanbault, Soph., INF/OF
Captains: Nolan Schirmer, Sr., C; Anthony Teberio, Tanner O’Sullivan
Returning leaders: Nolan Schirmer .333, 11 runs, 11 RBIs
Fast facts: Catcher Nolan Schirmer, a two-year captain, recently committed to Boston College baseball. He is one of five Golden Warriors committed to college baseball programs. The others are Ryan Grecco (Colby), Anthony Teberio (Wheaton), Andrew Smithson (Central Connecticut State) and Aidan Ritter (Endicott). ... Dylan Brenner and Evan Brenner are identical twins. Coach Dan Grams said the only way he can tell them apart during practice, when they aren’t wearing uniforms, is that they wear different color cleats. ... Speedy Scotty Brown has been slowed by a leg injury. He just finished his second season as starting quarterback in football (730 passing yards, 449 rushing yards, 15 total TDs). ... Longtime American Legion coach Joe Iarrobino is helping with the high school program for the first time in more than a decade, said Grams.
Assistant coaches: Ryan Sheppard, Shaun Hannigan, P.J. Farnham, Joe Iarrobino, Brian Carey, Frank DeFusco (JV), Cam Farnham (Frosh.)
Coach Dan Grams: (11th year, 120-97)
2019 season: 11-8, lost Div. 1 North first round
Returning starters (2): Paige Gillette, Sr., Inf/OF; Juliana Alperts, Sr., RF
Promising newcomers: Morgan Shirley, Jr., OF; Abby Murnane, Jr., C; Sofia Beraldi, Jr., OF/P; Molly Duval, Jr., 1B; Adelaide Weeden, Soph., SS; Maddie Parrish, Soph., C; Zoe Magenheim, Soph., 1B; Eliza Rousseau, Soph., CF; Alyssa Sellinger, Soph., OF/INF; Eliza O’Sullivan, Soph., 3B; Katie O’Brien, Soph., 3B; Jackie Giordano, Frosh., P
Captains: Paige Gillette, Juliana Alperts
Fast facts: Paige Gillette is a 3-sport captain and, says coach Rick Quattrocchi, “the best captain I’ve had in 29 years as a coach.” ... Morgan Shirley is a recent transplant from Delaware. She will start and is also a fine basketball player. ... Veteran pitcher Sara Folan decided to skip softball and compete in track this spring. ... New assistant Neil Magenheim is the father of sophomore first baseman Zoe Magenheim.
Assistants: Nicole Catino, Neil Magenheim
Coach Rick Quattrocchi (2nd year): “I have a strong sophomore class and we’re excited about the season. Realistically, we could go 9-6, which would be good for a young team. I’m very high on my freshman pitcher (Jackie Giordano).”
2019 record: 8-9, didn’t make state tourney
Returning starters (2): Anton Pace, Sr., long-stick midfield; Colin MacLean, Sr., midfield
Returning lettermen: Logan Carr, Sr., defense; Aidan Lareau, Sr., midfield; Charlie Higgins, Jr., defense; Grady Reuss, Jr., attack
Promising newcomers: Jacob Fabiani, Sr., utility; Erik Aulback, Jr., midfield; Campbell Allardi, Jr., midfield; Colin Spring, Jr., defense; J.J. Quill, Jr., goalie; Kiernan Florio, Soph., attack; Matt Johnson, Frosh., attack; Ethan Rubido, Frosh., attack
Captains: Anton Pace, Charlie Higgins, Colin MacLean
Fast facts: Former coach Wayne Puglisi went 243-145 in 20 seasons. The new coach is Bryan Brazill, who was Haverhill’s head coach from 2008-11 (29-41 record). He played at Merrimack College (MC ‘05), twice leading the Warriors in scoring. He later was an assistant for nine years there. He owns and operates Homegrown Lacrosse. Brazill was hired in November of 2019. ... Coach Brazill has dubbed Anton Pace, Charlie Higgins, Colin MacLean and Erik Aulback the Four Horsemen. ... Colin MacLean will be playing at Denison. .,, New coach Brazill has three new assistants: former Merrimack College head coach Frank Aloi, ex-Merrimack defensive coordinator Bryan Pollack and Shamus Florio, who played at Andover and is a current football kicker for Yale University.
Assistants: Frank Aloi, Bryan Pollack, Shamus Florio
Coach Bryan Brazill (1st year):\
2019 season: 6-12, didn’t make tourney
Returning lettermen: Vanessa Pierni, Sr., defense; Kalli Archambault, Sr., midfield; Erica Flowers, Sr., attack; Jacklyn Brussard, Jr., midfield; Tess Gobiel, Jr., midfield; Lily Farnham, Jr., attack; Olivia Beucler, Jr., defense; Lauren Adams, Jr., defense
Promising newcomers: Grace Reilly, Jr., defense; Lillian Jagger, Jr., goalie; Brooke Cedorchuk, Soph., midfield; Hannah Jordan, Soph., midfield; Rose MacLean, Soph., midfield; Maddie Shattuck, Frosh., defense
Captains: Erica Flowers, Vanessa Pierni, Kalli Archambault
Fast facts: Starting goalie Lillian Jagger is also the ice hockey goalie. ... There are three new assistants. Meg Reddy, the former Salem and UMass Amherst star, coaches with Revolution Lacrosse. Ilana Cohen was an Andover star (AHS ‘08) and played with coach Stager at UNH. Ex-Andover star Veronica Alois (75 goals as a senior) played soccer and ice hockey at Brown. ... Vanessa Pierni, Hannah Jordan, Tess Gobiel and Jacklyn Brussard have shined in the preseason. ... In Thursday’s season-opening 10-2 loss to Central, Vanessa Pierni scored both goals.
Assistants: Meg Reddy, Ilana Cohen, Meg Keefe, Veronica Alois
Coach Ally Stager (1st year): Ally Stager took over for Cat Gross, who went 66-43 in five seasons. Stager joined the staff as an assistant in 2019. She made second-team all-conference at UNH in 2011. She set the Reading High scoring record (158-92-250). She is a 7th grade science teacher at Ipswich Middle School and coaches with Storm Lacrosse. She was hired in March, when Gross had a baby.
2019 season: 5-14, didn’t make tourney
Returning starters (4): Jyles Amirault, Sr., 6-2, OH; Zach Dutton, Sr., 6-0, OH; Edward Lai, Sr., 5-9, libero; Akshay Godhani, Sr., setter Returning lettermen: Tim Ahn, Sr., 5-11, DS; Ryan Gasse, Sr., 6-1, OH/MH; Chase Perry, Sr., 6-1, MH/OH; Larry Lui,, Jr., 6-1, OH;, Kevin Lee, Jr., 5-10, OH Promising newcomers: Andreas Chanthaboun, Jr., 6-1, MH; Reuben Osborn, Jr., 6-0, RSH; Dowol Lee, Jr., 5-8, setter; Andreas Casillas, Soph., 5-10, DS; Vincent Lee, Soph., 5-9, DS; Alexander McNally, Soph., 6-3, MH; Owen Chowdhary, Frosh., 5-10, OH; Marco Gomez Cabo, Frosh., 6-1, MH; Isaac Williams, Frosh., 5-11, MH/DS; James Bourgeouis, Frosh., 5-9, DS Candidates: 19
Captains: Jyles Amirault, Zach Dutton, Edward Lai
Fast facts: Freshman Marco Gomez Cabo and junior Owen Chanthaboun have impressed. ... Zach Dutton comes to volleyball only three days after having a strong football season. ... The glue to the team is Jyles Amirault, a four-year starter who was second-team All-MVC in 2019.
Assistants: Dan Young
Coach E.J. Perry (8th year, 78-69): “Our senior class headlined by our three captains: Amirault, Dutton and Lai. We will rely on the all the seniors to lead us.”
2019-20 season: 21-3
Returning starters (6): AJ Heidtke, Sr., 285; Sean Ballou, Sr., 182; Connor Sheehan, Sr., 170/182; Jonathan Davila, Jr., 152; Miles Fraser, Jr., 145/152; Yasser Maita, Jr., 195/220
Returning lettermen: Max McNeeley, Jr., 145; Mahesri Hussain, Jr., 152/160; Alec O’Brien, Jr., 138; Lucas Oliveira, Soph., 160/170; Jason Osborne, Soph., 220; Juemill Meija, Soph., 195/220
Promising newcomers: Gianni DeFilippis, Jr., 138; William Sheehan, Soph., 195; Christian Tompkins, Frosh., 132; Nicholas Archambault, Frosh.,120/126
Captains: Sean Ballou, Connor Sheehan
Fast facts: AJ Heidtke, brother of former state place winner and football standout Payton, had a fine debut season last year. He is committed to Brown for football. But he got hurt in the last football game and may be lost for the season. ... ... Connor Sheehan is coming off a terrific football season for the 5-2 Warriors and recruited his younger brother William a sophomore, to wrestle this season. ... Highly regarded Chuck Tedeschi joins the staff to replace Ken Najem, who is busy as head track coach at Notre Dame of Tyngsboro.
Assistant coach: Chuck Tedeschi
Coach Mike Bolduc (6th year, 74-52-2)