The first Alois
The Alois name has become synonymous with athletic success at Andover High. Sisters Alex, Jackie and Rebecca Alois have all won at least one state title with the girls basketball team and youngest sister Veronica has scored 30 goals in hockey this season. Each has also had high school and college success in other sports.
But did you know oldest sister Melissa Alois was the first state champ as a member of four champion Andover High swim teams from 2004-07. She won three Division 1 state titles in relays.
Hennessy up third
There may still be plenty of snow on the ground, but college baseball is underway and Andover’s John Hennessy is in the middle of the action.
Hennessy is a senior tri-captain at Boston College, where he has opened the season as the No. 3 hitter and starting first baseman. He has a hit in two of his three games, including a 2-for-3 performance and an RBI.
Hennessy is in his fourth year as a starter for the Eagles.
Heisman to diamond
One big-name pitcher Hennessy may be facing this season has a name college football fans will know well, Florida State QB and Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston.
Winston is the closer for FSU, scoring his first career save Niagara last week. Florida State will be at Boston College March 28-30. Winston also plays the outfield.
He said it
Former Pinkerton Academy hockey star and current Kimball Union standout J.D. Dudek recently tweeted something I imagine most every hockey player must think.
“I am so thankful I’m not a goalie,” said the BC recruit (I follow Dudek on twitter).
As many hockey games as I have covered and seen over the years, it amazes me anyone is willing to take on the physical toll and intense pressure it takes to be a goalie.
Former Eagle-Tribune MVP and Central Catholic star Tommy Evangelista scored his first college goal in Saint Anselm’s 4-2 win over Castleton State.
Evangelista played at Northwood School in Lake Placid, N.Y. after Central. He is a freshman at Saint Anselm.
At the Combine
A local is taking in the 2014 NFL Draft combine this weekend. North Andover NFL Play 60 commissioner Kazem Sabet was invited to the event. Sabet is an agent for the Canadian Football League.
NFL Play 60 is a program to encourage children to be active.
No offense to female sports, which I support completely and totally. I really do. So do not misunderstand this point.
But the national story on “pro football player” Jennifer Welter is just plain silly.
It was reported that the 36-year-old became the first woman to play professional football at a position other than kicker when she carried three times for the Texas Revolution of the American Professional Football League.
Despite the intentionally misleading name, the APFL is far, FAR, F-A-R from professional football. It is semipro football. This is a clear publicity stunt.