Girouard takes Red Devils to top
BRAINTREE - Burlington captured the MIAA state boys’ gymnastics title last night at Herget Gymnasium, defeating powerhouse rival Braintree on its home turf.
The Red Devils defeated the Wamps earlier this season, but taking down the defending state champs again was no easy task. Braintree has won 19 state titles, eight of which have come in the past nine years. This victory gives Burlington its sixth title.
A spectacular all-around performance from freshman Ryan Girouard put Burlington in the top spot with 180.15 points. Andover came in second with 166.45 points, and Braintree third with 158.
“It’s nice we won because of the type of team we had this year,’’ said Burlington coach Rich Baczewski. “We had a lot of depth. It feels good to win, period.’’
Girouard placed first in the still rings (8.6) and high bar (9.3) to make him the top performer with 53.4 points. Andover’s Brian Manning, who placed first in the parallel bars (9.2) and pommel horse (8.5), finished second all-around with 52.8 points. Braintree’s Tim Lebbossierre was a close third with 52.5 points, capturing first in the vault (9.7) and floor exercise (9.7).
“It feels awesome to win,’’ Girouard said. “I was nervous competing against seniors when I first started. I never thought this would happen. All of the hard work has paid off.’’
Baczewski said he was thrilled to have Girouard join the team this year. “He’s an outstanding young man, as a gymnast and in the classroom. He brought the extra high scores we needed this year.’’
Andover coach Steve Sirois was named coach of the year and Lebbossierre was named senior gymnast of the year.
Baczewski added, “I’m proud of the boys this year. We had a great group. I’m really happy for the seniors.’’