Recognizing the importance of team sports, Haverhill officials made a conscious decision to invest in athletics, rebuilding the high school stadium, hiring a new athletic director and football coach and cutting the maximum sports user fee by more than half to make playing more affordable.
The immediate result was a surge in the number of kids going out for football — 50 percent more — and a team that was able to build on the glimmers of success evident in the previous year.
Success breeds success. That's another valuable lesson that can be learned on the playing fields.
It's good to see the Hillies are back in the game.