Spring 2012 sports wrap-up
Season punctuated with championships from baseball, softball and girls water polo
June 07, 2012
--Below is a wrap up of Big Blue athletics from the Spring 2012 season.
GV water polo takes New Englands
Girls water polo trounced Exeter 12-5 on the way to a 9-7 win against Deerfield in the finals. According to assistant coach Catherine Carter, this is the team’s first title since 1999. Co-Captain Julia Torabi ’12 scored two goals in overtime, as goalie Andrea Hewitt kept an impenetrable net. Co-Captains Torabi and Molly Levene ’12 were both named to the all-tournament team; Kira Wyckoff ’12, who netted three goals in the Exeter semifinals and one against Deerfield, was named MVP.
Baseball wins in dramatic fashion
Andover needed two victories to claim its 8th Central New England Prep School Baseball Championship to cap its 16-5 season, and did so in dramatic, walk-off fashion. Co-Captain Tom Palleschi ’12 doubled home the winning run in extra innings in a 3-2 win over Cushing Academy. Fellow Co-Captain Brian Delaney '12 delivered a pinch-hit single with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, in a 4-3 win over defending champ Worcester Academy. Both games were played on Fitton Field on the campus of the College of the Holy Cross. Dan Dymecki '12 was named Central New England MVP.
Softball brings home second consecutive crown
Softball won their second straight championship — their third ever — in the Big East Tournament, after a 12-2-0 season. The one-two punch is BET’s first consecutive title in its history. Pitcher and Captain Kayla Maloney ’13 pitched 27 of the four games’ 38 innings; in total, Maloney allowed just ten hits and two runs (one earned), struck out 47 and walked 11. The pitcher delivered two complete game shutouts. Maloney won MVP honors for the second straight year, and was named to the All-Tournament Team along with Co-Captain Nikki Pelletier ’13.
Ultimate places 2nd in league championship tournament
Andover Ultimate completed its 11-3-0 season with a 2nd place finish at the New England Prep School Ultimate League Championship Tournament. The team beat both the Hartsbrook School (11-8) and Choate Rosemary Hall (11-8) during pool play, and then topped the Hotchkiss School in the semis (9-8). NMH put a stop to Blue’s winning streak in the final, with a 5-11 closer.
Narrow loss for BV tennis before sending four to invitational
In the New England Interscholastic Tennis Association quarterfinals, the boys squared off against Dexter School (which eked a slim win over Andover in regular season play), to fall just short again, losing 3-4. Four players continued on, competing last week in the New England Prep School Invitational Tournament, at Choate. Alasdair McClintic ’13 and James Heaney ’14 played in A-Singles; Quinn Daly ’13 and Alec Buck ’13 played in B-Singles. McClintic had a bye in round one, beat Jack Turchetta of Brunswick 10-4 in the quarterfinals, lost to Mikhail Fedorouk of Dexter 6-1, 6-2 in the semifinals, and beat Matt Rollings of Loomis Chaffee 9-8 in the playoff for third place. Heaney beat T. J. Moor of Beaver Country Day 7-3 (retired) in round one, and then lost to Rollings 11-9 in the quarters. Buck had a third-place finish in the B-Singles, beating Simha of Avon Old Farms, 8-5, and Soloway of Rivers, 10-4, before losing to Lapides of Dexter 6-3, 6-2 in the semifinals. Daly beat Buffum of Williams, 8-2, lost to Whitmire of Pomfret,10-2, beat Koo of St. Paul's in the consolations, 8-5, and then beat Togut, Tabor's number one, 8-3, before losing to Choate's number one, 8-0.
Two school, one class, and a NEPSTA record fall as girls track place second at Interschols
Captain Alexis Walker '12 placed second in the 100, 200, long jump, and ran the anchor leg in the winning 4x100 relay. In the process she broke the school record in the 100m, long jump, and just missed breaking the school record in the relay by .02 seconds. Rebecca Wagman '13 and Tafarrii McKenzie '12 teamed up to place second and third respectively in the 400m, with personal best performances, and running the last two legs of the winning 4x400m relay for a new NEPSTA record (along with Charlie Jarvis '15 and Kinsey Yost '15). Aly Wayne '14 and Anoush Shehadeh '15 scooped up valuable points in the distance events. Wayne scored 4th place in the 800m and 3rd in the 1500m. Shehadeh placed 4th in the 1500m and won the 3000m breaking her own junior class record, again. Chelsea Grain '12 had her best throw of the season to catapult her to a 2nd place in the disc. Cassie Naranjo '15 placed 3rd in the high jump and Zoe Chazen '14 placed 3rd in the pole vault.
Boys Track place 8th at Interschols, and produced some tremendous performances
Jack Ward '13, won the shot put and placed 2nd in the disc. Other top performers include Michael Frasco '12, who placed 3rd in the 1500, and Matt Cohen '12, who placed 5th in the disc. The 4x1 team of Johnathan Arone '14, Brian Wagner '14, captain James Lim '12, and Babatunde Bello '13 got the baton around the track in a seasons best time and placing 6th.
BV Volleyball 2-6 overall record
Placed 3rd in the Founding-4 Tournament.
BV and GV Crew: Boats do better than their seedings
Each boat had a different challenge to face but every boat did better than their seeding going into Interschols, with the exception of B2. G1 was seeded 18th and raced to 11th place, G2 was seeded 8th and raced to 6th place and G3 jumped from 5th place to win bronze medals. The boys B3 were seeded 2nd, but blasted though in the final to gold by two boat lengths. B2 was seeded 1st, and held off a strong challenge from Exeter for two golds. The B1 race was the clash of the Washburns. The Tabor boat coached by Taylor Washburn and the Andover boat coached by Peter Washburn fought stroke for stroke down the length of the course. Coming into the last 500, Tabor had a slight edge. By the finish line, however, it was Andover by 0.233 of a second. Along with three golds, Andover boys took the Team Trophy for the 5th time in 6 years, and its believed to be the first time a school has won gold in all three events since 1995.
Team overall season finished 3rd in the league.
GV water polo – won 11-6. Water polo plays Exeter earlier in the season than the rest of the varsity teams.
V Baseball – won 5-4. “The Andover baseball team capped its Central New England Championship season with its third straight walk-off victory, this time against visiting archrival Exeter, prevailing 5-4 on Dan Dymecki's game-winning RBI double with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning.” Dymecki finished the season with a perfect 6-0 pitching record. “Andover's game-winning rally began innocently enough as Poss reached on a fielder's choice with two outs in the eighth. An Exeter miscue moved Poss into scoring position, however, and Poss sprinted home when Dymecki doubled down the leftfield line. Andover celebrated its third straight dramatic win, having scored a pair of walk-off victories in the Central New England semifinals and championship game.” – kevin graber
GV Softball – won double header both 3-2. The first win recorded Peter Drench’s 300th home game win during his career at Andover. The second win ensured his 301st home game win. In the first game, “Kayla Maloney ‘13 fanned 16 Exonians while holding the Red to two runs on four hits.” – peter drench Abby Chung ’13 hit the game winning rbi, in the come from behind win.
BV Tennis – loss 1-4.
Doubles ---1) Alasdair McClintic and James Heaney vs. Kenny Tao and Kelvin Lee L 8-5
2) Alec Buck and Trey Jennings vs. Jack Welch and Robin Nguy L 8-6
3) Quinn Daly and Tim Fulton vs. Henry Cilek and Parker Caudwell W 8-4
Singles --- 1) Alasdair McClintic vs. Kenny Tao L 6-3, 6-0
2) James Heaney vs. Jack Welch W 6-0, 6-2
3) Quinn Daly vs. Robin Nguy L 7-5, 6-1
4) Alec Buck vs. Kelvin Lee unfinished, leading 4-6, 6-2, 4-1
5) Trey Jennings vs. Henry Cilek L 6-4, 6-2
6) Tim Fulton vs. Parker Caudwell unfinished, trailing 6-4, 2-6, 0-4
GV Tennis – won 8-1
BV & GV Golf - Win PA 9-PEA 5
BV Lacrosse – loss 6-7 in OT.
GV Lacrosse – 15-8 win, played on Friday night…everyone else played on Saturday night. “In the season finale, Andover defeated traditional rival 15-8 as a fast start propelled the big blue to the win. With dominance on the draws, an aggressive offense and a tight defense, Andover opened up a 9-1 advantage with five minutes remaining in the first half. Andover extended the lead to 14-4 midway through the second half. Andover received steallar play from its seniors: Cat Anderson, Hannah Beinecke, Leah Humes, Greer McBeth, Lizzie Paul, Mallory Tyler and Brooke Van Valkenburg, all of whom will go on to play field hockey, lacrosse or soccer at the collegiate level.” – kate dolan
BV Track – loss 44-101. “Jack Ward '13, had another outstanding day winning both the shot and disc while Alex Davison '12 placed third in the disc and Matt Fischetti '14 placed second in the javelin. Derek Yau '15 placed second in the triple jump, Robert Rush '14 placed second in the long jump, and Tunde Bello '13 second in the high jump. The duo of Charles Guan '12 and Christopher Hedley '13 tied for second in the pole-vault. Our 4x1 team of Johnathan Arone '14, Brian Wagner '14, captain James Lim '12, and Babatunde Bello '13 won the relay. Fischetti placed third in the 110HH. Lim placed second in the 200. Michael Frasco '12 won both the 1500 and 800.” – Corbin Lang
GV Track – loss 72-73. “In her final meet wearing Andover blue, Captain Alexis Walker '12 again lead her team throughout the day winning the long jump with another school record. Walker also won the 100 and 200. Rebecca Wagman '13 placed second in the 100 with Tafarii McKenzie '12 and Shanice Pimentel '14 rounding out an Andover sweep in the 200. McKenzie also won the 400 while Charlie Jarvis '15 placed second. Diana Tchadi '14 placed third in the 100HH and second in the 300IH. Kaylie Williams '12 placed third in the triple jump. Cassie Naranjo '15 placed second in the high jump. Zoe Chazen '14 placed second in the pole vault. Rashana Shabazz '13 placed third in the javelin and Chelsea Grain '12 placed third in the discus. Alie Wayne '14 won the 800 with Marhelich Santos '12 placing second. Santos also placed second in the 1500m. The trio of Anoush Shehadeh '15, Cayla Hatton '12, and Katie Ellinger '12 swept the 3000 with Shehadh winning with another class record. The meet conclude with Shannon Adams '12, Kinsey Yost '15, Wagman, and McKenzie winning the 4 x 400 relay.” – Corbin lang
Cycling – loss 88-5