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November 1, 2012

A first -- Hillies win 3 fall MVC titles

By Tom O'Brien
The Haverhill Gazette

---- — The girls soccer team joined the volleyball and golf teams as 2012 MVC Champions this fall.

This marks the first time since the inception of the Merrimack Valley Conference that Haverhill has won three fall MVC titles in the same year. This is quite an accomplishment for the Hillie student-athletes, who are finishing up a tremendous fall season.

The girls swim and dive team won their final regular season meet last Tuesday. The Hillies finished with an 8-1-1 record and have not been defeated since the opening meet of the year on Sept. 11. Several swimmers and divers have already qualified for MIAA Sectional Competition. Next up for the Hillies will be the MVC Championship at UMass Lowell this Thursday and Friday.

Hillie football is back! The football team clinched its first winning season in 11 years. The Hillies downed Methuen at home on Friday night 41-20 to improve to 6-2. Haverhill is still in the hunt for the MVC Title and MIAA playoffs. The Hillies will play their final home game of the season on Friday night when they host Lawrence. It will be Homecoming and Senior Night at Trinity Stadium.

The girls volleyball team won the 2012 MVC Division 2 Title. It is the first conference title for the volleyball program since 2000. The Hillies have qualified for the MIAA playoffs and head into their final match of the year with a 13-4 record.

The golf team also won a conference title, claiming the 2012 MVC Division 1 crown. It is the team’s first title since 1997. The Hillies finished with an 11-2-1 record. Senior Scott Farley shot a 77 in the MIAA Sectionals to qualify for the state finals next week.

The girls’ soccer team was the third to claim an MVC Crown. The squad has not lost a game since Oct. 3, going 4-0-3 over its last seven games. The Hillies are 8-4-5 heading into their final match of the season then will prepare for the MIAA playoffs.

The girls cross country team is ranked in the top 20 in the state. The Hillies finished the regular season with a 7-3 record and are one of the favorites in the upcoming MIAA Championship meets.

Tom O’Brien is athletic director at Haverhill High. He contributes this regular column.