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February 19, 2014

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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.

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