Eagle-Tribune Gymnast of the Year
Courtney Carver can turn it on the lights are their brightest.
At least that's what it was like this past winter for the Andover High junior.
"She really shines at the big meets," said Andover High coach Tracy Vadala. "She's one of those gymnasts that likes to show off her talents in the big competitions. You can see it in her big smile. And she loves to compete."
Carver led Andover to a second place finish at the state meet, where she took too second in the all-around. She didn't finish lower than ninth in all the events she competed in. She took second place finishes in both the vault (9.425) and beam (9.55).
She also finished second in the all-around at the North Sectional meet.
"Her tumbling is very difficult and strong," said Vadala. "Another thing that stands out about her is that she is a smart gymnast. She not only knows the rules but she knows what the judges are looking for. She's able to think on her feet if she needed to add a connection or move a skill around in her routine to get the most amount of point."
Carver, a Level 10 gymnast, also finished third in the overall at the New Englands.
Carver will have the ability to compete in college, probably at the Div. 2 or 3 level according to her coach. She has already been named captain for the 2014-15 winter season.
She competes on the Andover High spring track team in the pole vault.
For the second year in a row, Joseph, a sophomore, placed in every event at the state meet. He took second place on the floor, high bars, rings and vault; third place on parallel bars and fifth on pommel horse. He scored an impressive 49.1 for a second place finish as an all-around, beating his last years score by 8.1. He also won the Coaches Invitational Meet and MVC championship. A noted worker, became a team leader despite his young age.