Austin Preparatory School senior Brendan Burke of Andover has led the football team to another successful season as captain this year. Burke, who plays defensive end and tight end for the Cougars, has competed for Austin for the past four years. He was named a CCL All-Star in 2008. Burke's goal for the season is to win the Catholic Central League championship. The team is currently in second place with a 5-2 overall record. Burke is the son of Terry and Melissa Burke of Andover.

Nysa Casha, a junior at Austin Preparatory School, led the cross-country team as captain this fall. Casha participates in the 5K, where she placed 15th out of over 250 runners in the MIAA Eastern Mass State Championships last year. Elected most valuable player for both cross country and swimming her first two years at Austin, Casha hopes to place in the top 50 runners at states this year. The team is currently in 2nd place in the CCL with a 5-2 overall record. Casha is the daughter of Larry and Mary Casha of Andover.

Dempsey at Plymouth

The 2009-10 edition of the Plymouth State University men's basketball team made its debut recently when the Panthers played in the annual Jacob's Bridge Through Autism Classic at New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord.

The annual event, previously held on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, was moved to Nov. 15 this year.

Competing for playing time on the wing is Andover High graduate and current junior Ian Dempsey of Andover.

Three-point artist

Bentley University, the winningest team in NCAA Division II women's basketball history, both in terms of number of victories and percentage,opened its 2009-10 season Nov. 14 by hosting a team that has done its own share of winning in recent years, Holy Family University.

Bentley's Barbara Stevens, the fifth winningest coach in NCAA women's basketball history with 774 victories, should have more tools to work with than she did a year ago when injuries limited her to no more than nine available players in any game.Among those are Andover High School graduate and guard Meghan Thomann of Andover, who drilled 52 three-pointers a year ago as a freshman.

Austin athletes

Several Austin Preparatory School student athletes from Andover were recently honored for their exemplary talent and efforts this season at Austin's Fall Athletics Recognition Night. The following Andover residents received awards:

Nysa Casha, junior, cross country, most valuable player, Catholic Central League All-Star

Anne Green, freshman, volleyball, sportsmanship award

Maura Green, sophomore, volleyball, unsung hero

Anya Sokolova, senior, soccer, most valuable player, Catholic Central League All-Star, EMASS All-Star

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