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February 27, 2014

Hockey team has first playoff appearance since 2007

By Tom O'Brien
The Haverhill Gazette

---- — It was a successful February break for the Hillie sports teams.

The boys hockey team won its last three games of the regular season to qualify for the MIAA State Tournament. The Hillies took the Newburyport Bank Classic title with a 3-1 win over Pentucket to finish 9-9-4. They will make their first playoff appearance since 2007.

The Hillies are the No. 10 seed in the tournament and face No. 7 Marblehead on Tuesday night in Chelmsford.

Cheerleaders qualify for regionals

The cheerleading team placed second at the Milford Invitational last week.

Then at the recent 2014 MVC Championship Competition, the Hillies posted a score of 74 to qualify for the MSSAA Regionals. The Regional Competition will be March 2 at Chelmsford High School.

Hillies solid in track and field events

Riley Gilmore wrapped up yet another successful track season last week.

The senior placed second in the two-mile run at the MIAA Division 1 State Meet. Julia McLaughlin (fourth in the shot put), Yonnie Collins (sixth in the shot put) and Samantha Wise (ninth in the 1,000 meters) also had top-10 finishes for the Hillies. Gilmore went on to finish 15th at the MIAA All-State Meet.

Wrestlers strong at state finals

The wrestling team made history this season, winning the school’s first conference title.

Several Hillie wrestlers then went on to have outstanding showings at the 2014 MIAA North Sectional Meet. Luc Chretien claimed the sectional title at 182 pounds, while Jordan Faulkner (second at 195), Reece Millington (third at 132), Orlando Rojas (third at 138) and Andrew Marcotte (fifth at 160) also qualified for the state finals.

In the state finals, Rojas was the runnerup and qualified for the MIAA All-State Tournament.

Spring sports schedules available online

All Haverhill High School spring sports schedules are available online.

A link to the schedules can also be accessed through www.hillies.org. Hillie fans can print custom schedules, sign up for email alerts, get directions to away facilities and much more.

Comedy Night on tap

Join us for a night of laughs as the sixth annual Haverhill High School Comedy Night is held on March 7 at DiBurro’s function hall.

Four top professional comedians will perform and there is a tremendous list of raffle, silent and live auction items. All proceeds will benefit the HHS Athletic Program. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased at the high school. For more information about tickets or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tom O’Brien at 978-374-5732.

Springs sports preseason meeting scheduled

There will be a spring sports preseason meeting on March 10 at 6 p.m. in the Haverhill High School auditorium.

All students interested in playing a sport should attend, along with at least one parent or guardian. Information regarding starting dates, participation requirements, rules and regulations will be covered at the meeting.

Spring sports registration forms/fees due

Spring sports registration forms and fees are due by March 7.

There is a new online registration system available. Please visit www.hillies.org and click on “Athletics.’’ Student athletes who participated in a fall or winter sport do not need to fill out another registration form, but must submit the appropriate fee and updated physical if needed.

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