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Knights make tourney


Freshman Ella Flanagan scored 15 points, classmate Hannah Martin and senior Norah Connors added 13 as North Andover's girls defeated Lynn English 48-40 to qualify for the state tournament with a 10-10 record.

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Girls Basketball, 02/19/20 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Shaw leads Warriors

Junior Tatum Shaw poured in a team-high 17 points to lead Andover to a 44-38 win over Lynn English. Freshman Anna Foley chipped in 11 points for the Warriors.

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Girls Basketball, 02/18/20 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Andover KOs top seed


Andover's boys soccer team got two goals from Zoah Silva-Landry and a single goal from Evan Arpin to upset No. 1 seed Lynn English 3-1 in Division 1 North First Round action. Andover, which entered as the No. 16 seed, outshot Lynn English and controlled the action much of the game. Lynn English ended its season at 14-1-2 while the Warriors advance to a tough 3 p.m. matchup Thursday at St. John's Prep.

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Boys Soccer, 11/05/19 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Central falls to Lynn English in North title game

LOWELL — So many chances fell just short for Central Catholic down the stretch.
In the final 90 seconds alone, a 3-pointer that appeared destined for the net spun around and out, a layup took a funny bounce and went free, and a loose ball as the clock ticked down just eluded a few Raider hands before turning into points at the other way.
Trailing by a point with just over minute to play, No. 3 Central Catholic could not find the key shot, and fell to top-seeded Lynn English 67-60 in the Division 1 North championship game at the Tsongas Center.

“It’s a tough game and a tough loss,” said Central Catholic head coach John Walsh. “Lynn English is a terrific team, especially defensively.
They made some big plays late. 
“We had that three go in and out when we were down one point, and they go down and hit a three and that hurt. Things like that are a huge part of the game. And they did a great job.”
This marked the first trip to the Division 1 North title game for Central (21-4) since the 2013-14 season, when the Tyler Nelson-led Raiders topped Andover on the way to the state title game. That was their second straight North crown.
“In a game this tight, it becomes a battle,” said Walsh. “Neither team can really run the sets they want to run. We tried to spread the guys our and run some pick and roll stuff.”
That worked very well for more than a half. Heading into the second quarter tied 11-11, Central Catholic seemed to steal the momentum from English (21-1) heading into halftime.
A 3-pointer by George Smith and a jumper by Jalen Aquino gave the Raiders the lead, and after a quick English run, Aquino knocked down a trey from the corner.
Kevin Constant then drained a rare 3-pointer from the top of the key — three of his game-high 29 points — and a Xavier McKenzie jumper sent the Raiders into halftime leading 34-31.
“Kevin is a really good player that really takes it to the rack hard,” said Lynn English senior Calvin Seng. “Central is a really tough team that plays so well together. Coach told us we had to communicate or we would be in trouble. We tried to sag off of them and let them get some shots off.”
Central senior Cam Homsey knocked down a 3-pointer early in the third to make it 42-38 Raiders.
But, from there, Central fell into a shooting slump. The Raiders didn’t hit another shot for the rest of the third — and the Bulldogs eventually went on a 13-2 run to take a 54-48 lead two minutes into the fourth.
Constant snapped that skid with a pair of layups, and Smith hit a jumper to cut the deficit to 54-52 with just under five minutes to play.
Constant kept rolling, hitting a jumper with just over a minute left to make it 57-56. But the go-ahead shot didn’t fall, and English hit a trey with 53 seconds left to make it 60-56.
The dynamic Constant added two more layups in the final 30 seconds, but Lynn English answered each one to lock down the victory.
“Kevin played his heart out,” said Walsh. “The whole team did. The seniors played so hard. They wanted to win so bad, but so did Lynn English.”
English will now play South champ Newton North in the state semifinals at the TD Garden on Tuesday.
“This is a great bunch of kids that worked so hard,” said Walsh. “You feel bad because it hurts. But they had a very good season.”
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Boys Basketball, 03/09/19 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

English ousts upset-minded Andover in semis

DANVERS — Andover faced a tall task squaring off against top-ranked Lynn English in the Division 1 North semifinals, but the Golden Warriors were no strangers to playing the underdog role. 
In their two previous post-season games, the Golden Warriors had knocked off fifth-ranked Waltham and fourth-ranked Boston Latin, setting the stage for another David and Goliath contest, this time with the Bulldogs.
A late surge by the Bulldogs and junior Jarnel Guzman (29 points, 7 3-pointers) spelled the end for the 12th-seed Golden Warriors, 66-43. 
With less than two minutes left in the third quarter, Andover (14-9) was still within striking distance, trailing 39-34, in the game played at St. John’s Prep. Then Guzman, who transferred from the Prep in November, hit a pair of twos before drilling a deep 3-pointer which pushed the lead to 10 headed into the final quarter. 
Andover went cold late and Guzman assured English would stay alive with three more triples in the final quarter, two from way beyond the arc. 
“Just could not make baskets tonight,” said Andover head coach Dave Fazio. “We shot a horrific number, and sometimes that’s what it comes down to. When you miss shots the other team gets a lot of momentum, they get energy, they start flying – and you get a little tired.” 
Senior quad-captain Stephen Shaw said, “Everyone loved each other, and it was so much fun to be with each and every single person, teammate every single day. It’s hard, it’s definitely hard, but I’m thankful for every single moment I had with Andover basketball.”
Rishi Srinivasan checked in late in the fourth quarter with the contest essentially decided. He recorded his lone basket on the night on a finger roll after driving to the hoop. The crowd received the senior with a standing ovation when he checked back out of the game for the final time. 
“You can never underestimate what character is all about. Character is doing what you’re supposed to do when no one is watching,” said Fazio. “My seniors have the utmost character. They’re leaders on and off the court, they’re role models at our school and they compete like son-of-a-guns. Thanks for an unbelievable run.”
The Golden Warriors were led by junior Kyle Rocker with 15 points. 
“We love being the underdog, we’re always going to fight, we’re not going to give up, and that showed in the playoffs,” Shaw said. 
Beating up MVC
The Merrimack Valley Conference has been dominant, placing teams in the Division 1, 2 and 3 North finals. 
But Lynn English (20-2) eliminated Lawrence and Andover in its two tourney games. Next up is No. 3 Central Catholic (21-3) Saturday, 7:45 p.m., at Tsongas Arena. 

Lynn English 66, Andover 43
Division 1 North Semifinals 
ANDOVER (43): Rocker 7-1-15, Shaw 4-1-8, Kirkpatrick 2-0-6, Slayton 3-0-6, Kim 2-0-4, Cammann 0-2-2, Srinivasan 1-0-2, Totals 19-4-43
LYNN ENGLISH (66): Guzman 11-0-29, Rodriguez 7-0-14, Alonzo Linton 6-1-13, Jean-Baptiste 2-0-5, Fitzpatrick 1-0-3, Vizcaino 0-2-2, Totals 27-3-66
3-pointers: ENGLISH — Guzman 7, Fitzpatrick, Jean-Baptiste; ANDOVER — Kirkpatrick 2, Shaw
Andover (14-9): 11 13 12  7 — 43
Lynn English (20-2): 20  9 17 20 — 66

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Boys Basketball, 03/06/19 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Top-seeded Lynn English outlasts Lawrence

LYNN — The Lawrence High boys basketball team gave it the old Merrimack Valley Conference try. But it wasn't enough. Not in Lynn. Not against a team built to contend for a state championship. Top-seeded Lynn English High, 19-2, finally broke away from the Lawrence High, outscoring them by 13 points in the fourth quarter en route to the 82-63 win in the Div. 1 North quarterfinals. "I knew they'd be tough," said Lynn English coach Antonio Anderson. "I told our team, they will be around for 32 minutes so be ready to fight. Our key guys Alonzo (Linton) and Jarnel (Guzman) came through for us in the fourth quarter. And some of our other guys did, too. They had to or we could've lost this one." Other than a quick 2-2 tie just 40 seconds into the game, the Bulldogs never trailed. In fact, they jumped out quickly to a 16-8 lead, ready to run. But through three quarters, the Lancers never wavered. Trailing 33-31, they had two chances to go ahead, but both 3-pointers were short. Thanks to a technical foul at the end of the first half — a Lynn English player threw the ball at a Lawrence player — the Lancers made both free throws and closed the gap to 38-37, with the ball. Slowly, though, the 6-foot-6 Linton, who had no physical match on Lawrence, scored five straight points, opening up the lead. He was aided by a pair of driving Guzman lay-ins and two 3-pointers by Joaquin Crespo. Lawrence's Brandon Goris (16 points), Brian Martir (22) and Jaden Castillo (13) all made key shots through the first three quarters to keep it close. But after Lawrence closed it to 60-57 in the fourth quarter after a Jeremiah Melendez 3-pointer and Martir free throw, it missed an open 3-pointer to tie the game. The Bulldogs answered scoring 11 straight points, including a 3-pointer and two three-point-plays, to put the Lancers away. "We just couldn't get over the hump," said Lawrence coach Jesus Moore. "We played them tough for so long. But our immaturity showed, not making the extra pass when a guy is wide open, late on our rotations leaving a guy wide open, and then fouling their 3-point shooter. "We had one guy who played a decent amount of varsity last year, Jaden Castillo," said Moore. "Their veterans made the big plays, they're crafty, slashing to the hoop." Underneath the beads of sweat after the game, Moore, in his first year, was beaming with pride of his 15-7 Lawrence team. "We have bigger goals down the road and this was a great start," said Moore. "I remember seeing these guys at Hoops For Home in Andover and seeing how far they came, without much experience. But we fought all year. We play in the best conference, top to bottom, in the state. We thought we could beat these guys, but tip your cap to them."

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Boys Basketball, 03/01/19 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Bramanti hits 1,000 in romp

ANDOVER — It was not the shot heard around the world, but it was a shot taken full notice by the Bramanti family.

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Girls Basketball, 02/26/19 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Lynn English blanks North Reading

LYNN — North Reading dropped to 1-2 with a 14-0 loss last night at Lynn English.

The win pushed the Bulldogs to 3-0.

North Reading, which has lost two straight, hopes to rebound when it hosts Triton Friday at 7 p.m. 

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Football, 09/22/17 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Central wins big, setting up rematch with Andover

LAWRENCE — Colin Bradanese and Sam Lara spent nearly half the game on the bench. Not because they were ineffective, mind you, but because they and the other starters were so dominant they weren’t needed after a certain point.
But when the final buzzer sounded on Central Catholic’s decisive 73-54 win over Lynn English in Tuesday’s Division 1 North first-round matchup, the two Raider big men knew they had a big test ahead of them.
“They’re a great team right now,” Bradanese said of archrival Andover, who Central will now face in the North quarterfinal. “(Max) Beati right now, he’s killing it, and Beasley is killing it, too. They’re a really good team right now. They’re playing at a high level.”
Central Catholic (18-5) and Andover (13-8) know each other better than just about anybody. 
They already have squared off three times, with Central winning both regular season meetings and the Commonwealth Motors Christmas Tourney final
Most of Andover’s team was in attendance for the first half of Central’s game on Tuesday.
If the state tournament’s first round was any indication, Andover vs. Central Catholic IV should feature a clash of big men playing their best basketball of the season. Andover’s 6-foot-8, 300-plus pound center Beati is coming off the best game of his career, dropping 31 points with 10 rebounds on Methuen, while Bradanese (15 points, 9 rebounds) and Lara (12 points, 6 rebounds) both had their way with the Lynn English frontcourt.
After Tuesday’s game, the Raider forwards acknowledged the challenge Beati will pose.
“I don’t know what exactly I’m going to do to stop that, his post game right now is really up there,” Bradanese said. “I’m going to try my best to D him up and limit his post touches and maybe his hook shots, I guess.”
“He’s beasting lately on the boards and offensively,” Lara said. “We’re going to have a matchup problem but we’ll see how it goes.”
There were no such problems for Central on Tuesday, as the Raiders started the game on a 12-0 run and led 25-10 by the end of the first quarter. Central pushed the lead to 43-23 at halftime, then 66-33 after the third, and by the time the fourth came the Raiders mostly relied on their reserves. 
Outside of Bradanese and Lara, Central also got fine performances from freshman George Smith (10 points), Dom Keegan (10 points) and Manny Sanchez (9 points). 
Lynn English (10-10) was led by junior Javonte Edwards (12 points). 
Central Catholic and Andover last met in the state tournament in the 2014 Division 1 North Final, which Central won 59-53 thanks to the fourth quarter heroics of Tyler Nelson. Central went on to reach the state final, where it fell to Springfield Putnam.
The Andover game will be Saturday at Central with the time to be determined, according to the Central athletics Twitter account.
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Boys Basketball, 02/28/17 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Lawrence narrowly denied first win

LYNN — Lawrence thrived with its backs against the wall Saturday afternoon at Manning Field in Lynn.

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Football, 11/06/16 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
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