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November 22, 2012

HHS Athletics give thanks


The Haverhill Gazette

---- — Sarah Broderick is state champion again! The senior defended the state title she earned in 2011, finishing first in the 50-yard freestyle at the MIAA Division 1 State Championship Meet on Sunday. Broderick also won the state title in the 100-yard backstroke this year to close out her Haverhill career with three state crowns. The 200-yard medley relay team of Broderick, Meghan Broderick, Cali Aramian, and Michaela Sliney set a new school record en route to a third-place finish. Overall, the Hillies placed sixth in the state.

Two Haverhill runners competed in the MIAA Division 1 state meet on Saturday. Jackie Solimine placed 14th for a second straight year in the field of the top 182 runners in the state. Riley Gilmore placed 27th in the event for the Hillies.

Many people claim Thanksgiving is their favorite holiday. Some prefer this holiday because it brings family together, it is not as commercialized as other holidays, and there is always plenty of great food. Another reason that gridiron fans in Massachusetts love Thanksgiving Day is high school football. The tradition of playing a rival team in the morning before heading home for turkey dinner has many families looking forward to this Thursday.

Haverhill will face its Thanksgiving Day rival Lowell on the road this year. Kickoff is slated for 10:00 a.m. at Cawley Stadium. Admission will be $7.00 on the day of the game. The Hillies look to cap their record breaking season with another win. They head into the game with an overall record of 8-2 and an MVC mark of 4-1. The high-powered Haverhill offense has averaged 38 points per game this year and outscored its opponents 375-225.

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks. At Haverhill High, we are obviously thankful for the success of our teams as well as all of the individual athletic accomplishments of our student-athletes. But more importantly, as athletic director I am grateful for:

The conduct of our student-athletes both on and off the playing fields. They constantly represent the Haverhill Public Schools well.

The effort and countless hours put in by our coaches. They truly care about our student-athletes.

The game day workers. Athletic events would not take place without ball boys and girls, ticket takers, PA announcers, game supervisors, officials, clock operators and concession stand workers.

The booster clubs, for their tremendous hard work and dedication.

The support of our fans and the community. They attend our events and consistently cheer for our teams in a positive manner.

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