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North Andover

Student cheering sections playing head games with foes

LOWELL — With the ball cradled in his fingertips, Brighton High’s Nick Simpson stepped to the free-throw line, attempting to finish off a three-point play in Saturday’s Division 2 North boys’ basketball final at the Tsongas Center.

While he focused on the rim, the noise level in the arena went up several notches as the student section from North Andover High, Brighton’s opponent that day, dialed up its rendition of Twisted Sister’s 1984 hit “We’re Not Gonna Take It.”

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