AT GYMNASTICS

The Andover High girls gymnastics team celebrates after winning the North Sectional title this past weekend. The team includes, top row, from left, Victoria Norton, Jessie Barry, Rachel Cadet, Isabel Tavenner, Courtney Carver, Marissa Dorros, Anna Mankovich and Amber Li; middle row, from left, Isabelle Allen, Kaitlyn McDonald, Gina Campbell, Beatrice Ward and Sophia Allen; and bottom row, from left, coach Tracy Vadala, captain Rachel Mandelbaum, Tamra Rutfield, captain Natalie Wagner, captain Jessie Livingston and coach Leeann Vadala. Devan DeSisto is missing from the photo. The state tournament is on Saturday.

Led by a third in the all-around for Courtney Carver, Andover High School’s girls gymnastics team dominated on the way to winning the North Sectional title in Hudson last Saturday.

The Golden Warriors scored a school-record 146.1 points, topping No. 2 Newton South (144.475). It was the third time the team beat its school record this season.

“We are so excited,” Andover coach Tracy Vadala said. “We were seeded first. It’s always hard to stay on top.

“The girls were great top to bottom. The key to this team is we have depth from one to six. They are all more than capable of scoring very, very well. If somebody falls, somebody else will get that score for us. People make mistakes, but we have somebody to pick us up.”

The dynamic duo of Carver and Jessie Livingston continued to star.

In addition to her third in the all-around, Carver won the floor exercise (9.5), tied for second in the vault (9.425) and was eighth in the bars.

Livingston, meanwhile, was third in the beam (9.475), sixth in the bars and seventh in the all-around.

“They know they have to be in a zone,” Vadala said of the all-around duo.

Also chipping in with a key finish was Rachel Cadet with a 10th in the vault.

The Golden Warriors, which went into the North Sectionals on the heels of their Merrimack Valley Conference Division 1 championship two weeks ago, now advance to the states this Saturday in Shrewsbury at 4 p.m. Andover is seeded second in the meet, just a half point behind the first-place seed.

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