By Tom O'Brien
The Haverhill Gazette
---- — The Hillie hockey team picked up a big MVC-DCL league win last Wednesday. Haverhill skated to a 3-2 victory on the road over rival Methuen to improve to 2-2-1 over its last five games.
The Hillies will be at Tewksbury on Saturday before returning home Jan. 30 to host Bedford.
Basketball team vies for league title
The boys basketball team has won six of its last seven games, including three straight league wins. The Hillies downed Methuen 80-66 and Billerica 49-37 last week. In the hunt for a league title, the squad will play two important MVC games at home next week, facing Chelmsford Jan. 29 and Tewksbury Feb. 1.
The girls team tallied its second-highest point total of the year, but came up short against Lawrence on Friday. The Hillie girls will also face Chelmsford and Tewksbury next week.
Boy, girls track teams win in tri-meet
The indoor track teams snagged two wins on Saturday afternoon. Both teams defeated Phillips Andover and Wilbraham in the tri-meet. Winning events for the boys team were Tom Mahan (hurdles and high jump), Alex Mayhew (300), and Juan Lopez (1,000). The girls team winners included Erin Connolly (long jump), Samantha Wise (600), Jackie Solimine (mile and 1,000 with Riley Gilmore, who finished second in both). The Hillies will compete in the MSTCA Invitational at the Reggie Lewis Center on Saturday.
Boys swim team faces key matchups
The boys swim team heads into an important week with a 4-3 record. The Hillies took down Pinkerton 104-66 at Southern New Hampshire University last Tuesday afternoon. They close out the MVC regular season with meets against North Andover and Central Catholic this week.
Wrestlers lose close meet
In one of the closest wrestling meets of the year in the MVC, the Hillies were edged by Tewksbury 32-30 last Wednesday. Jake Prescott, Orlando Rojas, Reece Millington, Jamal Babiker, Efrain Gonzalez, Ashante Franklin and Samie Al-Ziab each picked up individual wins. The Hillies will host Dracut Jan. 30.
Hillie schedules, other info available
For complete winter schedules and updated information on Haverhill sports, visit online at www.hillies.org.
Comedy night raises money for Hillie sports
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 the high school. For more information or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tom O’Brien at 978-374-5732.
Tom O’Brien is athletic director at Haverhill High School. He contributes this regular column.