Andover, the reigning Section 7AAAA finalists, return with four seniors including captains Jake McNallan and Zach Swanson along with Tyler Goltz and Tom Terhaar, who saw varsity minutes last season. Look for senior Nick Eliason and junior Corbin Johnson to get into the rotation and contribute on both ends of the floor.
The biggest story coming into the season for the Huskies is between the pipes where Minnesota-Duluth prospect Maddie Rooney decided to try out for the boys team after helping the girls to the program’s first state tournament appearance. Head coach Mark Manney begins his sixth season guiding the boys’ team and will try for career coaching win No. 75 in the season-opener at Robbinsdale, Nov. 29.
Andover swim coach Marcia Ford’s message to her young team after the Class AA state swimming and diving meet was simple.
“This is a learning process. This is just the beginning, every year we will do a little better,” she said after the team collected 22 points to place 21st among 34 teams at the final meet of the season.
Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka extended its reign on the state adapted soccer title to seven straight state titles after scoring a 2-1 upset of north division top-seed Anoka-Hennepin in the Physically Impaired (PI) Division championship game played at Stillwater High School, Nov. 15.
Pool siblings share the spotlight: Anoka crowned Section 7AA team champions while Andover has a record-breaking day as the two teams that call Fred Moore pool home won 10 of 12 events
For the first time since the 1980s, Anoka’s girls swimming and diving team will be able to hang a section title banner after the team clinched the Section 7AA title, 87.5 points ahead of Andover.
St. Francis/North Branch came out of the gates on fire in the season opener and led Andover 3-0 after the first period in the Nov. 6 opener.
Andover opened play in the Section 7AAA tournament with a 3-1 win over Grand Rapids Oct. 24 before succumbing to North Branch 3-1 in the semifinal round Oct. 29.
Two weeks earlier, Spring Lake Park handed Andover a 35-14 loss in the first and perhaps only Northwest Suburban Conference meeting after meeting in the section tournament each of the last two seasons. Each team won a section game by one point including the Huskies 33-32 win over Spring Lake Park last fall.