By TOM WILLIAMS
Dave Andrews would have fit nicely into the Ocean City High School Class of 2021.
Like so many of the student-athletes who graduated last week, his sports career was a year-round commitment.
In the fall of his senior year, he quarterbacked Mike Slaveski’s football team to an 8-1 season and a Cape-Atlantic League championship.
In the winter, he led Jack Boyd’s 17-5 team in assists while winning another CAL championship.
And in the the spring he was a key pitcher and shortstop on Roland Watson’s 10-7 team
Andrews, who was killed Tuesday as a passenger in a vehicle involved in a collision at the foot of the 9th Street bridge, loved sports. He loved the competition. He loved the teamwork. And he loved it because he was good at it.
After some impressive years in youth sports, he made his mark in high school. Here are a few excerpts from the book, “OCHS Sports in the Seventies”:
“They beat Wildwood, 39-0, with Dave Andrews throwing three TDs and Frank Sannino scoring three, including a punt return.”
“The Raiders defeated Mainland, 13-7, with Andrews throwing one TD and running for the other”
“In a 47-6 win over Burlington Township, Andrews threw for 257 yards and had four TD passes. He also intercepted his seventh career pass.”
“Slaveski’s team was ranked No. 5 in the final South Jersey poll (this was before the creation of the football playoffs). Andrews threw for 769 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also intercepted five passes.”
“Pop Rackley averaged 23.7 points per game and Brad Bryant 21.1, the first time in school historty that two OCHS players averaged 20 points per game during the same season. Bryant (238) and Terry Tracey (235) led the team in rebounds, Rackley had 84 steals and Dave Andrews led with 73 assists.”
“Roland Watson’s baseball team finished 10-7, led by Frank Sannino, Bob Jacobs, Dave Andrews, Dan Pashley, Tom Bolling and Jim Nickles.”
Andrews just loved sports. He got involved with the Raiders again in the spring seasons of 2012 and 2013 when his son, Kyle, was a key pitcher for two teams that both reached the South Jersey Group 3 final. Kyle was 5-2 with 36 strikeouts and 12 walks in 47 innings as a junior. He was 6-1 with a 1.04 earned run average as a senior. He teamed with Beau Hall to form one of the CAL’s best pitching combinations.
Dave did a lot of pacing around the outside of high school fields when his son was pitching.
He faced some challenges and struggles during his life, not the least of which happened during that terrible week in November 2020 when his mother, Sue (age 90), and his brother, Joe (age 57), died within three days of each other.
Through it all, the ups and downs, Dave faced life with a smile and a personality that put people at ease and made them feel comfortable. Readers are encouraged to add their memories, below, or in facebook comments, of a man who was a major part of Ocean City sports history.
Dave Andrews was 66.