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Unbeaten Andover wins state title

BURLINGTON — An iron-clad defense has been the calling card of the Andover High field hockey team throughout the 2021 season. But as tight as their game had been through the first 21 games, the Golden Warriors saved their best for last. Andover shut down the high-powered Walpole High offense, en route to a 1-0 win and Division 1 State championship, Saturday afternoon at Burlington High. It's the Golden Warriors fourth overall state championship and first since 2017. The lone goal of the game came on a penalty stroke by Emma Reilly, with no time left on the clock at the end of the first quarter. Second-seeded Walpole (22-1-0) came into the final having averaged nearly five goals per game in their four tournament wins. Top-seeded Andover (21-0-1) not only posted their fifth straight shutout of the tournament, it held the Porkers without a single shot on goal. Senior Brockelman, juniors Rose MacLean and Anna Broderick and freshman Hannah Herlihy formed an impenetrable wall in front of junior goalie Adelaide Weeden. "They always know where they are supposed to be. I didn't face any shots today, so that is all going toward the defense and they did a phenomenal job, as always," said Weeden. Surveying her half of the field like a general, Weeden could be heard throughout the game shouting encouragement to her defense and sounding a cadence with the now-familiar banging of her stick against the walls of the cage between plays."I think every time the ball gets past the 50, I'm constantly in communication with the defense and the defense knows where to go and what to do. My job is just to keep them focused," said Weeden. "And the freshman (Herlihy) coming in, she did an amazing job. She came in (as a starter) for a semi-finals game and absolutely killed it."Herlihy was inserted into the starting lineup when all-star back Abby Miller suffered a hamstring injury in Andover's quarterfinal win over Shrewsbury. Coach Maureen Noone reconfigured her defense, adding Herlihy as a sweeper. The rookie was more than up to the task."You have a little freshman at the top of the circle and she has nerves of steel," said Noone. "All we told her to do was just sweep balls out, just not let anyone get in there and I thought she did an amazing job."Herlihy's job was made much easier by the rock solid play of Brockelman, Broderick and Maclean. Every time Walpole snipers Jess Tosone and Lauren Wong tried to attack, they were met head on by a white jersey sporting either a 20, 21 or 24."They know how to play off of each other and move around," said Noone. "I thought Ella Brockelman did a great job just keeping balls from going  through the middle and just sending them up through the side."As well as the Andover defense played, Walpole's was almost as good. The Golden Warriors enjoyed 10 corners but were only able to put four shots on goal. The Porkers got a strong game from flyer ????"We knew defensively they had some quick kids, some tough kids. Their flyer comes up so high and the trail comes up high, so getting a direct shot was not going to be easy."Andover's offensive pressure came in flurries. The first came in the final two minutes of the first quarter. The Warriors pressed the attack and got three straight penalty corners for their efforts, as the Porkers scrambled and struggled to clear the zone.Off the third corner, Reilly maneuvered in front of the cage and looked to have a clear shot when she was pushed from behind by a Walpole defender as time expired.Because it was a repeat violation, Reilly was awarded a penalty stroke with none time on the clock. The talented Junior made it count, beating goalie Madison Clark low to her right for her 28th goal of the year and a 1-0 lead."I practice strokes with Adelaide in every practice, so I just had confidence in my ability (to score)," said Reilly. "I thought it could have been a card instead of a stroke, that's sometimes what happens in those situations, but I think maybe because of my proximity to the goal, combined with the push is why (a stroke was awarded)."

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Field Hockey, 11/20/21 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Big day for Kiley, Caraballo and Pentucket

WRENTHAM — There were plenty of noteworthy performances for the area girls at the state country meets Saturday at the 3.1-mile Wrentham Developmental Center course. That terrific rivalry between Andover junior Molly Kiley and Methuen senior Miana Caraballo was kicked up a notch. The two local stars were near the front of the pack at Division 1 States with Kiley third in 18:29.6 and the UMass Lowell-bound Caraballo fourth in 18:30.6. The race went down to the wire with Sharon's Daphne Theiler winning in 18:26.5. The powerhouse North Andover girls placed fifth in the 23-team D2 field. That was the good news. The better news was they may have been the youngest team to qualify in any of the three divisions. Scarlet Knight scorers were: freshman Luna Prochazkova (14th out of 188 runners in 18:43.4), fellow frosh Nicole Kroon in 27th (19:10.4), senior Leyla Kvaternik 47th, sophomore Leigha Leavitt in 96th and sophomore Gabby Harty in 102nd.   Kvaternik had been on the sidelines for a couple weeks so her return paid big dividends. Haverhill standout Finleigh Simonds placed 32nd in Division 1. At Division 2 States, Pentucket had the top boy or girl local team performance of the day with a third-place finish. It scored 126 points, losing out on the silver to Whitinsville Christian on a tie-breaker. Senior Phoebe Rubio (12th, 19:08.5) and sophomore Kaylie Dalgar (17th, 19:20.2) came up big. Other scorers for the West Newbury regional school were junior Audrey Conover in 33rd, junior Libby Murphy in 46th and senior Ella Edic in 47th.

Whittier Tech had reason to be proud with sophomore Noel Tripp placed 67th in the 188-runner Division 2 States field.

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Girls Cross Country, 11/20/21 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Connolly, Coleman duel it out at States

WRENTHAM — Junior Ryan Connolly of North Andover and senior Freddy Coleman of Methuen were the top local runners Saturday at the Division 1 state cross country meet. Connolly ran the 5K course in 15:46.5 for 13th place, just in front of the UMass Lowell recruit Coleman, who was 14th in 15:46.9. North Andover was the lone local boys team to qualify in any of the three divisions. Coach Rick DelleChiaie's Scarlet Knights placed 15th out of 23 teams. The last time the Knights qualified for States was 2008.  Connolly was backed by Matt McDevitt, 72nd; Luke McGillivray, 88th; Andrew Sorokin, 99th; and Colby Winn, 141st. The No. 3 local D1 runner was Andover's Colby Kirn in 61st. Whittier Tech senior Mike Driscoll wrapped up a memorable fall with a 17:13.4 clocking to place 69th in the Division 2 state meet.

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Boys Cross Country, 11/20/21 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Caraballo, Kiley with sizzling runs

There were several elite efforts by local girls in the nine state divisional cross country meets. Methuen's Miana Caraballo and Andover's Molly Kiley renewed their rivalry in the 1A meet in Wrentham (3.1 miles). Caraballo was brilliant, taking second in 18:30.9, just 2.1 seconds behind Barnstable's Ava Bullock. Kiley was right there, too, crossing the line in 18:40.0. The next local harrier was Haverhill's Finleigh Simonds in 21st place. Another local performance of note was North Andover's Luna Prochazkova taking second in the 1B meet at Wrentham in 19:07.1. She led the Scarlet and Black to an eighth-place out of 23 1B qualifiers. Whittier's Noel Tripp again proved she can run with the best in the area and beyond. She took 13th in 21:09 at the 2A meet in Gardner (3.1 miles). The top local girls team was Pentucket, which took home the silver at the 2B race in Gardner with 63 points. Holliston won with 25. Leading the way for Pentucket were Phoebe Rubio (5th, 19:34.5), Kaylie Dalgar (9th) and Audrey Conover (14th).

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Girls Cross Country, 11/13/21 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Coleman, Connolly among state's best

In the new nine-division state cross country meet format, several local harriers shined Saturday in Gardner and Wrentham. The op local finisher was Methuen's Freddy Coleman, finishing ninth in a field of 189 at the State Division 1A meet. He ran the 5K Wrentham course in 15:55.2 with Andover's Colin Kirn (19th, 16:23.9) the next local 1A finisher. The area's No. 2 runner overall was Ryan Connolly, who placed 10th in Division 1B with a 16:16.7 clocking. He powered North Andover to a third-place finish among the 25 1B teams. Connolly was backed by Matt McDevitt in 21st, Luke McGillivray in 31st and Andrew Sorokin in 36th. Central Catholic's top finisher was Alex Wilard (31st in 1C) and Whittier got a strong effort from Mike Driscoll (39th in 2A).

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Boys Cross Country, 11/13/21 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

All hail, Haley

It wasn't the blowout you might expect when No. 1 plays No. 32 but Andover field hockey beat Brookline, 1-0. In the second quarter, Haley Carver scored from Hailey Doherty. Andover dominated (Adelaide Weeden had 0 saves) but Olivia Sheehan (16 saves) kept it close for the visitors.

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Field Hockey, 11/05/21 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Warriors knocked out


Andover got off to a goot start, winning the first game but Wellesley regouped and won the next three games to knock the Warriors out of the state volleyball tournament. Marissa Kobelski had seven kills and two blocks for Andover (14-7).

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Girls Volleyball, 11/04/21 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Birthday boy Brown leads Andover to big win

ANDOVER — Andover High quarterback Scotty Brown certainly made his 17th birthday a special one.

The birthday boy completed 16 of 23 passes for a season-high 230 yards and a touchdown to lead the Golden Warriors to a come-from-behind 20-13 win over MVC Division 2 power Tewksbury on Friday night.

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Football, 10/30/21 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Andover scores, wins


After battling to a 0-0 tie the first time they met, Andover got a second half goal from Michaela Buckley on an assist from Schwinn Clanton to nip rival North Andover, 1-0..

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Girls Soccer, 10/28/21 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

C0-MVC champs


Haverhill swept Andover in volleyball to claim a share of the MVC large title with Billrtica. 

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Girls Volleyball, 10/28/21 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
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