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Haley Carver won the dash, Leila Boudries the 2-mile and Aimee Lu the 600 to help Andover down Central Catholic, 60-40. Adrianna Niles won the shot for CCHS.

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Girls Indoor Track, 04/10/21 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Gomez powers Raiders

Jeyis Gomez won the hurdles, long jump and 4x400 and Matthew Giannasca (mile, 2-mile) was a double winner as Central Catholic topped Andover, 56-44. Conor Moses won two events for AHS.

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Boys Indoor Track, 04/10/21 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Central Catholic blanks Andover

LAWRENCE – The score, 17-0, said “easy” like the other three Central Catholic blowouts.
But the score lied.
Central Catholic had to earn this one over its “arch” rival, Andover High. As in really earn it.
It took a few late Andover drops, a near sack and quarterback Ayden Pereira’s signature – a 21-yard run and a 13-yard bullet pass for a touchdown to finally seal Central’s fourth win in the Fall 2 season.
One issue for Central were a pair of sophomores, quarterback Scott Brown and running back Lincoln Beal.
They are and they were electric. Beal finished with 116 yards, all hard-earned, on 24 carries, and Brown, only 5-foot-8, made plays with his feet (55 yards) and his arm (95 yards).
The problem was when Andover was close to scoring, it couldn’t.
When Central was close to scoring, only three times, it did.
“They were better than I thought they were going to be,” said Pereira, who finished completing 17 of 24 passes for 201 yards and two TDs. But he also had two interceptions.
“They confused us a lot on defense,” said Pereira, who opened the scoring, completing five consecutive passes before hitting a wide open sophomore Mathias Latham for a 21-yard score.
Andover sandwiched three red zone drives around a Nick Mazzie 31-yard field, getting to Central 6, 17 and 14. Two penalties hurt and as did two missed field goals.
“When you play a team that good, you can’t give them any help,” said Andover coach E.J. Perry. “They’re good. They do everything well. We can’t have drops and commit penalties in the red zone against a team like that. But I am proud of our team. We’re young and we’re learning a lot here.”
Central defense, in the end, came up big in getting the shutout.
Central’s behemoth 6-foot-1, 270-pound defensive tackle Uyi Sayimwen not only had 12 tackles, but six were for losses on the lightning quick Brown.
Tommy Casey also had 11 tackles and some big hits on Beal and Brown.
“We have to thank Andover because we needed a game like this,” said Central coach Chuck Adamopoulos. “They are tough. Beal is for real. So is Brown. They fought us the entire way. We had to make a few plays and we did.
“After that loss to Methuen, 
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Football, 04/09/21 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Jumpin' Jodi

Jodi Parrott had a massive 18-9 in the long jump and won the hurdles in 8.2 to lead Andover to a 67-33 win against Lowell. Aimee Lu (600, 1:46.5) and Kayla DiBenedetto (1,000, 3:09.6) helped AHS dominate the middle distances. 

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Girls Indoor Track, 04/07/21 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Busy Ambrose

 

Jaclyn Ambrose won both the 200 IM and 500 freestyle and was on two winning relays as the Andover swimming team stayed undefeated (8-0) with a 130-58 win over North Andover.

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Girls Swimming, 04/06/21 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Beal sparks Andover romp

 

ANDOVER — Count Andover sophomore running back Lincoln Beal among those who love playing during this Fall 2 season.

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Football, 04/02/21 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Distance dazzles

In a 67-32 win over Methuen, Andover dominated the distances with wins by Leila Boudries (1,000), Kayla DiBenedetto (mile) and Molly Kiley (2-mile). The Rangers were led by Bella Keaney and Haylee Berry.

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Girls Indoor Track, 03/31/21 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Mighty Moses

Double winners Connor Moses (hurdles, shot put) and Tristan Fabre (dash, long jump) helped power Andover past Methuen, 62-29. The Rangers' Michael Soucy shined to win the 600.

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Boys Indoor Track, 03/31/21 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Andover’s Heidtke, Brown lead convincing victory over Lowell

ANDOVER — If a tone needed to be set Friday night, Andover star AJ Heidtke was more than happy to deliver.
 
Matched up against a much smaller Lowell player late in the first quarter, the hulking 6-foot-4, 290-pound Eagle-Tribune All-Star lineman drove the opponent roughly 25 yards before sending him flying into the sideline.
 
Having waited nearly 16 months to celebrate a victory, and a week removed from a frustrating season-opening loss, Andover meant business.
 
“It’s been (477) days since our last win (Thanksgiving of 2019), and even longer since it was under the lights,” said Heidtke. “We wanted this so much. The feeling is indescribable.”
Sophomore QB Scotty Brown ran for three touchdowns and Heidtke led a dominant defensive effort as Andover rolled in its 2021 “Fall 2” home-opener, beating Lowell 33-14 at Eugene V. Lovely Field. 
“It’s been a long wait!” said Brown. “We had to bounce back from last week (20-14 overtime loss to Methuen). We knew we needed this win, and I think we showed a lot of people that Andover is back in it with this performance.”
Andover’s defense surrendered just 58 yards in the first half, never allowing Lowell to pass the 50-yard line, as the Golden Warrior offense to build a dominant 24-0 halftime advantage. Lowell didn’t break up the shutout until there was 4:44 left in the third.
“This win has been a long time coming,” said linebacker Tomas Loureiro, who finished with a team-high 12 tackles. “We were frustrated, and we wanted to come out and punch them in the mouth today. We had to control the line of scrimmage and be more physical than them. It’s fun to go out, be physical, and show who is the tougher team.”
Offensively, the Golden Warriors rode the backfield duo of Brown and halfback Lincoln Beal.
The 5-foot-8, 150-pound Brown carried 26 times for 115 yards and three scores, while Beal rushed 18 times for 83 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for 71 yards, both setting up scores.
“Scotty ran unbelievable,” said Andover coach E.J. Perry. “He was making the cuts he needs to make. We tightened up a few things on offense and gave him better running lanes. And Lincoln is also playing unbelievable running and receiving.”
It was Beal that gave Andover the lead. Following an interception by Anthony Previte — an Eagle-Tribune soccer All-Star who went out for football when it was moved to Fall 2 — Beal drove his way in for a 1-yard touchdown.
Andover then forced a fumble that was recovered by Loureiro, and five plays later Brown took a keeper around the left corner and scored a 6-yard touchdown.
Lowell again fumbled the ball away on the next possession, recovered by Connor Sheehan, and Brown scored again five plays later, this time on 5-yard a draw up the middle.
Beal caused and recovered a fumble two possessions later, and an Andrew Wetterwald field goal made it 24-0 at halftime.
Andover’s defense — led by Heidtke (10 tackles) wreaking havoc at nose guard  — stymied Lowell’s wing-T offense installed by first-year Red Raiders coach Rob Pike. Pike previously ran the offense, which has rarely been seen in the MVC over the past 15 years, as head coach at Salem (N.H,) High. 
“We had to be tough up front,” said Heidtke. “They’re a tough team, but we had to be tougher. That’s a fun way to play football.”
That was never more obvious than on the first possession of the second half, when Heidtke and Sheehan came barreling through the line and sacked the Lowell QB in the end zone for a safety.
Lowell scored two late touchdowns, but Brown erased any through of a comeback when he maneuvered his way in for a 1-yard touchdown with 2:55 to go in the game.
“I love when my line is physical, and I love the feeling of scoring touchdowns,” said Brown. “Our main focus was to get the offense back on track, and we executed very well today. I love when they rely on my to carry the ball, and we’re so excited to get the win.”
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Football, 03/19/21 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Andover wins big

Andover swimming got big efforts from Jaclyn Ambrose, Maya Flatley and Claire Neilly in a 122-55 win over Central Catholic.

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Girls Swimming, 03/13/21 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
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