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April 19, 2013

Andover's Manning named Eagle-Tribune gymnastics MVP

JOSEPH ARONOV

Andover Freshman

Placed in every event at state meet, including seconds on high bar (6.3), pommel horse (7.0) and all-around (41.0). Helped Andover to first state title since 1970. Former club gymnast. Andover coach Steve Sirois convinced him to get back into the sport after he stopped in September. Sirois said, “He has powerful shoulders. His love of the rings gives him that power.” Also plays Ultimate Frisbee.

NICOLE STEVENS

North Andover Sophomore

All-Scholastic. Second in all-around (37.975) at North Sectional, helping Knights to first ever team title. Also took first on beam (9.675), second on floor (9.4), tied for third on bars (9.35) and fourth on vault (9.55). Did all that after rolling ankle in first event. Coach Jenn Mangano asked her if she wanted to be taken out. “She said, ‘I can do it.’” Mangano said. Recorded eye-popping 38.3 in all-around vs. Andover.

KAYLEE PACUNAS

Pinkerton Junior

Won all-around (35.875) at States. Finished second on bars (8.95), third on beam (8.8), sixth on floor (9.075) and sixth on vault (9.05). At New Englands, placed fourth on beam and 10th in all-around (season best 36.45). “She doesn’t have a weak apparatus,” said coach Chelsie Veilleux. Skipped sophomore season due to stress fracture and club team commitment. Her sister, Leah, is a talented freshman gymnast

NINA WHITTAKER

Salem Freshman

Won the floor (9.4), took second on vault (9.225) and placed third in the all-around (35.825) at state meet. Led Blue Devils to title, upsetting top-seeded, three-time defending champion Pinkerton. “She works hard and is so consistent,” coach Kyle Redmond said. “Every meet we knew we could count on her for a big score in each event. Even though she was a freshman, she was a leader.” Helps coach youth gymnasts.

KADIANNE TOMMASI

Salem Junior

Three-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star. Spent first half of season sidelined with a concussion but came back strong to help Salem win state title. Finished sixth in the all-around (34.675), third on bars (8.65) and fourth on floor (9.125) at States. “We wouldn’t have had the season we had without her coming back,” coach Kyle Redmond said. “She is a beautiful gymnast to watch. Very graceful.” Football cheerleader.

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