It’s been a great winter sports season here at Andover HIgh School…and it is not over yet. Boys’ and girls’ basketball, girls’ ice hockey, and girls’ gymnastics are still performing. Want to know how everyone did this season and when the next post-season competition will be? Check out this recap of Andover High School’s winter sports teams for all the details.

Boys’ Basketball

Record: 16-4 (17-4 including tournament)

Next up: Lynn English. Friday night, 2/28, at home. This is the second round of the state tournament; it is the quarterfinals for North Division 1.

Quick season recap: The boys finished off the regular season strong, beating Everett and Central Catholic and nearly beating Saint John’s Prep. And how about that tournament game against Billerica? That was one of the most insane games ever. The Warriors came back in the first half to almost tie it, but never took the lead until late in the fourth when David Giribaldi made a layup. The crowd went absolutely nuts. After the improbable comeback, the Jungle tweeted: “Words can’t describe the heart and love that this school is radiating right now. This basketball team is something special. #Believe.”

 

Girls’ Basketball

Record: 14-5.

Next up: Tomorrow night. Lynn Classical. Home. Be there. This game is going to be a great one, featuring the 6th-seeded Warriors and 11th-seeded Lynn Classical. The Jungle will be there as the girls seek a spot in the next round of the state tournament.

Quick season recap: It’s been another solid season for the girls. Girls’ senior night was a huge success as the team honored its three seniors: Rebecca Alois, Jessica Witten, and Erin Nastari. In a low-scoring game the girls bested Billerica, 40-35. The girls had a rough stretch of 7 games in the middle of the season when they went 3-4. Besides that stretch, the girls have nailed it. Coach Perry has steered the ship in the right direction all season. The girls may not be up there with Central Catholic (19-1), but they have what it takes to make a run.

 

Boys’ Gymnastics

Record: 4-2.

Next up: The state meet took place last night and the team got third place. This was an incredible accomplishment for the team.

Quick season recap: This recap absolutely deserves a long one. The team came so far with only seven members on the team. To accomplish what this group did was incredible. The team was undefeated up until one of its last meets and unfortunately couldn’t get the W. However, with the smallest team in the league, this group accomplished so much. The team may not be the biggest, but it is perhaps the most dedicated, committed, and hard working. If you didn’t come to one of this team’s meets, you sure missed a lot. You missed something you will perhaps never ever see again: seven boys putting up ridiculous scores and carrying AHS to third place in the state meet.

Quote: “It’s been an unforgettable season and I’m sure all the guys will remember it, not only for what they accomplished but for what we accomplished together and what we overcame.” – Dan Harvey, Junior

 

Girls’ Gymnastics

Record: Only one loss!

Next up: The state meet. With only one loss, this girls’ team has as much of a chance as anyone to take home the title.

Quick season recap: Great season for the girls and it’s not over. The girls are moving on to states, which is on Saturday. “I think we have a great chance to do well in states because we have a great team.” – Sophia Allen, Junior

 

Boys’ Hockey

Record: 6-12-2.

Next up: Season is over.

Quick season recap: Not the season the boys wanted, but with some key graduations from last year, it would have been difficult to make a run this year. Last year was a great season, so this year was a bit of a letdown, but the team will be back at it next year looking to get better.

 

Girls’ Hockey

Record: 12-6-4.

Next up: Watertown/Belmont. March 1 at Ryan Arena, Watertown.

Quick season recap: Great season for the girls. The girls beat Newton North 2-1 in their first tournament game to advance to the next round. Just think of this: the girls are just FOUR wins away from a state title. For a team that didn’t have enough players at the beginning of the season, I’d say that’s pretty cool.

 

Boys’ Indoor Track

Record: 3-2 in dual meets.

Next up: Nationals.

Quick season recap: A good season. It wasn’t a bad season by any means. There are many promises for the future of this team. The freshmen and sophomores won their meet, showing much promise for the team. The boys may not have won the conference meet, but just remember: there’s still Spring Track.

 

Girls’ Indoor Track

Record: 2-3 in dual meets.

Next up: Nationals.

Quick season recap: The regular season wasn’t the best for the girls as they lost three meets. Losing three meets in a single season is uncharacteristic of the Andover Girls’ Track Team. However, the girls, like the boys, finished second in the MVC Meet on Friday, February 7. The girls placed seventh at the state meet.

 

Boys’ skiing

Record: 7-5.

Next up: Season is over.

Quick season recap: Jake Tarricone competed in the state meet after he placed eighth at the Interscholastics Race. There was a lot of movement in terms of the top skiers, but overall the boys had a consistent season. With a lot of skiers graduating, it will be interesting to see who will rise to the challenge next year.

 

Girls’ skiing

Record: 8-2.

Next up: Season is over.

Quick season recap: The girls who raced in the state meet were Julia Ganley, Jackie Drew, and Olivia Lawyer. To have that many girls race in the state meet is an accomplishment. It can be said that neither boys nor girls received the support of the Jungle, but the girls did their best and had a strong season.

 

Boys’ swimming

Record: 8-1.

Next up: The team finished its season, but finished sixth at sectionals.

Quick season recap: This was indeed a strong season for the boys. In the MVC meet, the boys nearly won, but it was Chelmsford who went home with the hardware. Second place in such a tough conference is quite an accomplishment. “We did everything we could and then some.” – Nathan Hamer, Junior

 

Wrestling

Record: 1-18.

Next up: State tournament.

Quick season recap: It’s been a great season for this young team. There are a few wrestlers moving on to the state tournament. The team is looking for an offseason program for anyone who is interested. These meets are fun to watch and the thrill is second to none. There’s no reason why the Jungle shouldn’t make an effort to attend these meets – but for that, we will have to wait until next year. This program wants to be taken to the next level. “I feel that this year, the team has become closer than ever before, everyone works hard in practices and wants to take this program to the next level.” – Patrick Hogan, Senior

Compiled by Alex Bensley