Londonderry’s Cassie Burbine enjoyed another brilliant season to repeat as Eagle-Tribune MVP.
She became the second area girl in the tourney’s 48-year history to capture the New Hampshire singles title. In the finals, she avenged a regular-season loss to Manchester Central’s Julia Chappell.
Burbine, who will play at Assumption College, teamed with Ana Milosavljevic to reach the finals in the doubles. Last year she and Amanda DePasquale were the first local duo (boys and girls) to win the doubles.
“She had a knee injury halfway through this season,” said coach Tom Meighan. “It was a tendon issue but she was able to play through it and wore a knee brace. She’s definitely improved this year. Her serve definitely got better and her consistency was outstanding.”
Burbine, a four-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star, joined her older brother Alex as a two-time MVP.
Andover Senior, Singles
Her heroics in the North finals and state semifinals sparked Andover to Division 1 state title. Advanced to Round of 16 in North Sectional individual tourney. Repeat Eagle-Tribune All-Star. “She has a great topspin forehand, moves real well and has a willingness to fight to the end,” said coach Alan Hibino. One of Andover’s two Student Ambassadors to MIAA. Will attend UMass.
Londonderry Senior, Singles
Went 14-0 in regular season at second singles. Lost to Cassie Burbine in state open semifinals. They teamed up to reach doubles finals, where they lost to Derryfield’s Vaillancourt twins in three sets. Four-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star. Two-year co-captain. “She’s an amazing athlete, very coachable and smart,” said coach Tom Meighan. Will attend BU. May swim for Terriers.
Pentucket Junior, Singles
All-Scholastic. Co-captain. Battling a field of 116 competitors, she reached North Sectional individual semifinals. Went 14-0 in regular season with only one match going three sets. Compiled 20-1 overall record. Repeat Eagle-Tribune All-Star. National Honor Society student. Devastating backhand is her go-to shot. “She puts in the work,” said coach Billy Beaton.