The spring sports are well under way, and many teams find themselves at the top of their conferences. The boys’ and girls’ tennis teams and boys’ and girls’ track teams certainly have the potential to each win the MVC and make a run at the state title. Other teams, such as baseball and softball, have faced adversity over the past few years and are looking to use the adversity as momentum. It’s going to be an interesting last few months, and with seniors graduating in early June, seniors should have the motivation to have their high school careers end on a high note. Go Warriors!
Overview: This team has a strong chance to do well this year. Reid Bryant, after being hindered by injuries, is finally back on the hill. Bryant, Jack Cox, Tim Awizwus, Alex Brickman, and Sam Bennett are among the team leaders that will try and give this team a shot at the MVC title. When asked about the team’s chances, junior Sean Kucharski stated: “We are definitely a competitor for MVCs and are looking to run deep in the state tournament and maybe even make the super 8.” With that kind of attitude, the baseball team can certainly succeed this spring.
Overview: This team has the potential to do great things in the MVC this spring. Nicole Ericson, the captain, said: “We have a great group of girls who work hard and are willing to put in the time to succeed!” The girls have a busy schedule the first week after vacation, with home games against Dracut, Lowell, and Central Catholic. It’s early, and the team is looking forward to getting into the heart of its schedule and is ready for the challenge.
Boys’ Track & Field
Overview: This may very well be a special year for the Andover Warriors. After an incredible upset over Lowell, snapping a three-year Lowell unbeaten streak, the boys have been filled with new determination, energy, and toughness. As Coach Comeau says, it’s not where you start, it’s where you finish. The boys have North Andover and Central Catholic on their schedule, which should prove to be battles.
Girls’ Track & Field
Overview: Like the boys, the girls are also undefeated. Could we see a year where both boys and girls make runs at winning the MVC? Could we even see a year where both boys and girls make a dramatic run at winning the state meet? Absolutely. The track team has high hopes for a great season, but in order to succeed, the track team must stay focused and work hard. There are numerous talented athletes on the girls’ squad, and those athletes exhibit the qualities of strength, focus, and leadership.
Overview: After three disappointing losses over the course of the last week, the boys’ lacrosse team has rebounded and discovered a new mentality. Friday is a big game for the boys because it is against one of their hated rivals, North Andover. Walter Pappas, a captain, stated: “Our team really feels we can win the MVC title this year and go deep into the playoffs but we need to take each game at a time…. The seniors have all been playing together since elementary school so we work very well together and have high expectations.” With leaders such as Pappas, the team can accomplish anything. Players such as John Oteri (Captain), Jamison O’Connor (Captain), and junior Jake Lakos are among the top players looking to lead the team in a run at the state title. One game at a time, as Pappas says.
Overview: The team is looking to make a run at states, and with leaders such as Alec Dean, Kenny Doherty, Kyle Surehan, and Jared Goldstein, a lot is possible. An MVC title might be a bit of a stretch, but a run at states is within reach. When asked about how the season is going so far, senior Kyle Surehan stated: “It’s going [well]. We have a lot of depth, and there’s inner competition at each position. We’re on our way to make states.” Newcomers Ben and Jeff Hunt are also important contributors that could help the team succeed. The Jungle will most likely be in attendance as the games get tougher and tougher.
Overview: The boys are typically at the top of the conference, and this year should be no different. Players such as Andrew Imrie, Arun Padykula, Drew Rooks, and Varun Penamatsa are leaders that should help the team succeed. Imrie is a significant addition, as he is a freshman with a lot of talent. There is a great deal of talent on this team, and it should bode well for the boys as the season heats up.
Overview: Like the boys, the girls also are at the top of the MVC. Last week, the girls got revenge against Westford after falling to them in states last year. Karena Yan, a junior, said: “We’re really confident about MVCs. I think we have a good shot at states.” The captains are Jackie Drew, Mckayla Cumerford, and Samantha Camillo.
Boys’ Ultimate Frisbee
Overview: The fields have been wet so far, but will that stop the ultimate Frisbee team? Ha, no. Veterans on the team include Ryan Trismen and Alex Nohelty, while newcomers include Theroin Lin. The boys placed in the top 6 last year in states and are looking to follow a similar path this year and maybe make an even deeper run at the state title.
Attempts to reach girls’ lacrosse and girls’ ultimate Frisbee were not successful.
By Alex Bensley