By Tom O'Brien
The Haverhill Gazette
---- — Is he the fastest Haverhill student-athlete ever? That argument could be made for Alex Mahew. The current Hillie senior finished second at the MIAA All-State meet on Saturday in Boston. Mahew ran the 55-meter dash in 6.50 seconds, snapping a school record that had been held for more than 20 years. The previous record of 6:58 was set in 1991 by Rusty White. Mahew qualified for the New England Championship meet, which will be Saturday at the Reggie Lewis Center. Riley Gilmore (10th in the 2 mile) and Jackie Solimine (17th in the 1 Mile) closed out great seasons for the Hillies at the All-State Meet.
Hillie wrestler to compete this weekend
Samie Al-Ziab is another Haverhill student-athlete who will represent the Hillies against the best in New England. Al-Ziab competed in the All-State Wrestling Meet in Newton last week and had a tremendous start to the event. He won his first two matches at 220 lbs and was in a good position to vie for a state title before having to withdraw due to an injury. However, with his two wins he finished in sixth and qualified for the New England Championship. The event will be Friday and Saturday in Providence, R.I., and the sophomore is expected to compete.
Hillie coach and player honored
The boys basketball team qualified for the MIAA Playoffs for the first time since 2005. The Hillies claimed the 2012-13 Merrimack Valley Conference regular season title, winning 11 of their last 15 games. Head Coach Mike Trovato was named MVC coach of the year and junior Anthony Dionne was tabbed MVC player of the year.
Schedules, forms available
Spring sports schedules and participation forms are available online at www.hillies.org or can be picked up at the high school. There will be a mandatory preseason meeting on March 6 at 6 p.m. in the Haverhill High auditorium. All student-athletes interested in playing a spring sport should attend with a parent/guardian. Participation forms and user fees are also due on March 6 and can be submitted at the meeting.
Comedy Night March 8
Join us for a night of laughs at the fifth annual Haverhill High School Comedy Night March 8 at DiBurro’s function hall. Four top professional comedians will perform and there is a long list of raffle items and silent and live auction items. All proceeds will benefit the Haverhill High School Athletic Program. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased at Haverhill High School. For more information or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tom O’Brien at 978-374-5732.
Baseball team plans youth clinic
The Hillie baseball team will host a youth clinic on Saturday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to noon. The clinic is open to children ages 5 to 13. The cost is $25 per person. Registration forms are available online at www.hillies.org by clicking on Athletics, or can be picked up at the high school, 137 Monument St.
Tom O’Brien is athletic director at Haverhill High School. He contributes this regular column.