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April 19, 2013

Andover's Manning named Eagle-Tribune gymnastics MVP


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — 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.

Honorable Mention

GIRLS TEAMS

Andover: Jessie Livingston, Jr.; Courtney Carver, Soph; Emily Lowenstein, Sr.

Central Catholic: Kayleigh Dugan, Frosh.; Maddie Arndt, Jr.; Nicole Faber, Soph.

Londonderry: Jordan Dufresne, Frosh.; Miranda Marchetti, Sr.; Maddie Baumann, Frosh.

Methuen: Ashley Horan, Jr.; Cyanna Roig, Sr.; Victoria Daigle, Jr.

North Andover: Julia Montecalvo, Frosh.; Madeline Shea, Frosh.

Pelham: Cassie Passamonte Sr.; Sara Passamonte, Soph.

Pinkerton: Brittany Capozzi, Soph.; Olivia Bogaczyk, Sr.

Salem: Sarah Hale, Jr.

Windham: Sarah Vignos, Frosh.; Ali Otis, Sr.

BOYS TEAMS

Andover: Dan Harvey, Soph.; Evan Igoe, Soph.; Brian McDonough, Jr.

Methuen: Zach Smith, Sr.; Cam Cyr, Sr.

agateHed:Former Eagle-Tribune MVPs

2012: Courtney Thompson, Pinkerton; 2010-11: Olivia Bogaczyk, Pinkerton; 2009: Leeann Vadala, Salem; 2008: Taylar Carr, Londonderry; 2007: Andy O’Connell, Andover; 2006: Ashley Castagna, Masconomet; 2005: Justine Turner, Salem; 2004: Libby Fortier, Andover; 2003: Heather Tuden, Londonderry;

2002: Kristin Elsmore, Andover; 2001: Kristen Vadala, Salem; 2000: Becky Hass, Andover; 1997-99: Sarah Myers, Pinkerton; 1996: Kim Russo, North Andover; 1995: Daren Lynch, Londonderry; 1994: Renee Sestito, North Andover; 1993: Robin Beeley, Methuen; 1992: Robin Beeley, Methuen; Gary Michaud, Salem

MVP: Manning caps off career in perfect fashion Brian Manning capped his brilliant high school career by placing first in every event and easily winning the all-around with a score of 55.0 to lead Andover to the boys gymnastics state championship for the first time since 1970. He set the state record in the vault (9.8) and naturally was named the state's Most Outstanding Gymnast. "He did everything possible for the team that day and we came up with a state title because of it," coach Steve Sirois said. He was an Eagle-Tribune All-Star last year when he finished second in the all-around (52.8) at States, winning the parallel bars and pommel horse. Manning, who has signed with top-ranked Penn State, overcame a broken tibia during his sophomore year. "You wake up every morning in pain, but you push through it because you love the sport," Manning said this winter. "You want to have the feeling of trying something new and accomplishing it. I can't wait to see what I can do in my future."

Gymnastics All-Stars Name School Year *Brian Manning Andover Sr. Joseph Aronov Andover Frosh. Nicole Stevens North Andover Soph. Kaylee Pacunas Pinkerton Jr. Nina Whittaker Salem Frosh. Kadianne Tommasi Salem Jr. * Eagle-Tribune MVP