Boys’ Gymnastics Preview

The following was provided by the boys’ gymnastics team as a service to Braintree High News.

Braintree High School boy’s gymnastics team will travel to Andover on Thursday January 16th for an Eastern Mass Conference gymnastics dual meet competition. Andover High School took home the MIAA State Championship last season. This will be a tough first meet between the veteran team and a young Braintree squad.

The boys suffered a losing season last year and hope to turn that around. Senior and Co-Captain Stephen Madden is “very excited about this year’s roster.”

The boy’s team consisted of eleven athletes last season and currently has twenty three training daily.

“This is a very enthusiastic group of student athletes” says fourth year coach Rich Ellis. “There is no one superstar on our squad.”

With only five gymnasts returning from last year, many new and talented boys will show their skills in front of the judges for the first time Thursday. Juniors Evan Abreu and Howie Nguyen have taken last year’s experience and worked with the newer boys in the gym. Coach Ellis infers that they are very good role models and leaders.

“It is a team sport that is made up of individuals that seek to develop their physical and mental strengths. These are qualities that leaders are made of and in part the mission of Braintree High School”.

The sport has recovered from the off season battle with the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association. The MIAA Board of Directors had voted to discontinue acknowledging boys gymnastics. The perseverance of parents, coaches, athletes and alumni helped to reverse the decision and reinstated the sport.

Braintree will host the State Championship competition February 12th.