NOTE: Here is Part 1 of the Andover Townsman’s look at Andover High’s spring sports teams. Boys and girls lacrosse will appear in next week’s Townsman.

 

Baseball

2018 season: 13-8, lost in D1 North quarters

Returning starters (4): Josh Gruenberg, Sr., P; Matt Potts, Sr., SS; Andrew Theriault, Sr., P; Alex Weinreb, Sr., 2B

Returning lettermen: Alex Pisacreta, Sr., 1B/OF; Jason Denoncourt, Sr., C; Arvin Nunez, Sr., P; Charlie McCarthy, Jr., P/OF; Patrick McConnell, Jr., OF/P; Michael Slayton, Jr., OF; Henry Grebe, Soph., 2B

Promising newcomers: Nick Silva, Sr., 1B/DH; Ben Weeden, Jr., DH/OF; Matt Ross, Jr., INF/P; Tyler Durling, Jr., INF/OF; Nolan Schirmer, Soph., C; Tanner O’Sullivan, Soph., OF/P/1B; Aidan Ritter, Soph., INF; Tyler Antanasi, Soph., INF; Anthony Teberio, Soph., 1B/3B; Ryan Grecco, Soph., P/OF; Shane Lachance, Soph., C; Steve Ingram, Soph., 3B/OF; Nick Saunders, Frosh., P; Brian Gibson, Frosh., INF

Captains: Josh Gruenberg, Matt Potts, Alex Weinreb

Candidates: 58

Returning leaders: Josh Gruenberg, 5-2, 1.33 ERA, 34 Ks; Matt Potts, .362

Returning honorees: Josh Gruenberg, All-MVC; Matt Potts, MVC All-Star

Fast facts: Sophomore newcomer Tanner O’Sullivan is the nephew of retired major leaguer and recent Andover High Hall of Fame inductee Ryan Hanigan. ... Michael Slayton and Charlie McCarthy are captain-elects for the basketball team next winter. ... Andover has two sets of identical twins in the program with Evan and Dylan Brenner and John and Nick Festa. ... Jason Denoncourt is the three-time Eagle-Tribune skiing MVP. ... Steve Ingram tied for the team-high with nine goals for the hockey team this winter. Fellow sophomore Shane Lachance scored six goals for the hockey team. ... Matt Potts will play at Wheaton College. ... Brian Gibson is the son of Merrimack College athletic director Jeremy Gibson.

Assistant coaches: Ryan Sheppard, Shaun Hannigan, P.J. Farnham, Bob Clancy, Mark Grams, Frank DeFusco, Mike Capano, Sean Kucharski, Cam Farnham

Coach Dan Grams: (10th year, 106-87)

Softball

2018 season: 7-13, didn’t make tourney

Returning starters (5): Kathleen Hartnett, Sr. P/1B; Ashley Cocchiaro, Sr. P/3B; Alexa Pacy, Sr. SS/OF; Anna Zdunczyk Sr., INF/OF; Scarlett Gillette Sr. INF/OF

Returning lettermen: Julianna Barbaro, Jr., INF/OF; Sara Folan, Soph., P/OF; Paige Gillette, Soph., INF/OF

Promising newcomers: Concetta Archambault, Jr., C; Paulina Xifaras, Jr., C; Margaret Graw, Jr., 1B; Julianna Alpect, Soph., OF; Abby Miler, Frosh., P

Captains: Annz Zdunczyk, Alexa Pacy, Scarlett Gillette, Ashley Cocchiaro, Kathleen Hartnett

Candidates: 41

Returning leaders: Alexa Pacy .464

Fast facts: Rick Quattrocchi, who goes by “Q” or “Coach Q,” replaces Steve Tisbert, who resigned after going 80-113 over nine seasons. Quattrocchi, who has a landscaping business, coached the last nine years at Wakefield, where he also coaches freshman football, and previously coached at Reading. He’s coached softball for 25 years. ... Alexa Pacy, who hit .464 last year, is committed to Pace University to play softball. ... Callie Wiley decided not to return so that she can focus on hockey. ... Joining the staff is Nicole Catino, who was a standout catcher and 3-time captain at Wakefield and will work with the catchers. ... Ashley Cocchiaro and Sara Folan will likely share most of the pitching duties. ... There will be two Gillettes starting in the infield, Scarlett at third and Paige at second. They are sisters.

Assistants: Nicole Gubellini, Nicole Catino, Rachel Garabedian JV, Ann Gubellini Frosh.

Coach Rick Quattrocchi (1st year)

Andover

2018 season: 3-17, didn’t make tournament

Returning starters (2): Alex Durham, 6-3, Sr., Setter/RSH; Jyles Amirault, 6-1, Soph.

Returning lettermen: Dake Zhang, 6-0, Jr., DS; Troy Kennedy, 5-8, Jr. Setter; Ethan Gasse, 6-1, Jr., MH; Justin Qiau, 6-2, Jr., DS; Eric Qu, 5-10, Jr., DS; Michael Ruggere, 5-8, Jr., DS; Matt Sacco, 5-8, Jr., DS, Niloy Neogi, 5-10, Jr.,OH, Aidan Foley, 6-3 Jr., OH; Bryant Krouger, 6-0 Jr. OH, Benjamin Mergendahl, 5-9, Jr. DS, Parker Houston, 6-0 Jr.. OH, Danny Cronin, 6-2, Jr., DS; Zach Dutton, 5-9 Soph., Libero, Jude White, 6-1 Soph., MH; Chase Perry, 5-10, Soph., OH; John Lee, 5-9 Soph., DS; Edward Lai, 5-9 Soph., DS; Akshay Godhani, 6-0 Soph., OH; Jake Costello, 6-0 Soph., OH; Ryan Gasse, 5-11 Soph., MH, Tim Ahn, 5-10 Soph., OH., Thomas Lai, 5-8, Soph., DS.

Promising newcomers: George Truong 6-0, Sr., OH; Eion Chase, 6-0, Jr. DS; Kevin Zhang 5-11, Jr. OH; Aneudy Moreno, 6-0 Jr., OH; Nendoe Gleekia, 6-1, Soph., OH; Fisher Sun, 5-9, Soph., DS; Zach Ratte, 5-8, Soph., DS; Tim Lynch, 6-3, Jr. OH; Joshua Farnsworth, 6-10, Soph., OH; Seth Marciano, 5-6, Soph., DS; Larry Lui, 6-1, Frosh., OH

Candidates: 40

Captains: Alex Durham

Fast facts: Steven Crowley, a 6-4 starter at middle hitter last season, did not come out for the team. ... Jyles Amirault was a setter last year and will move to outside hitter this year. ... More than six players participated in Junior Olympics during the winter and all of the players played every Wednesday night at the Cormier Youth Center. ... Coach E.J. Perry is excited to have new assistant coach Dan Young join the staff, as Young has won multiple state titles as a coach in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

Assistants: Dan Young

Coach E.J. Perry: (7th year)

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