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June 7, 2012

Haverhill High teams compete in state tournaments

With eight teams competing in the post-season and over 70 wins, it has been quite a spring for the Haverhill sports teams.

The volleyball team ended an incredible two-year run with a loss in the MIAA Division 1 North Semifinals on Saturday. The Hillies were edged by Cambridge Rindge & Latin, 3-2. Haverhill finished the season with a 19-1 record. Over the past two seasons, the Hillies have gone 40-3, earning back-to-back MVC titles.

The lacrosse seasons also ended in the MIAA playoffs last week. The boys team dropped a hard-fought 9-6 decision to Newton North. The Hillies, who were also MVC champs, finished with a school record 13 wins. The girls team was defeated in the first round by No. 1 ranked Lincoln Sudbury. The Hillies finished runner-up in the MVC this year.

The baseball team fell to Newton South in the first round of the MIAA playoffs. The Hillies jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, but Newton South rallied late for the 6-2 win. Haverhill finished the regular season with four straight wins, including a 4-3 comeback victory over Whittier in the regular season finale. The Hillies were runner-up in the MVC and finished at 11-10, a marked improvement from 201, when the Hillies finished 2-18.

The girls tennis team is the No. 8 seed in the MIAA Tournament after going 11-5 this year. The Hillies host No. 9 Chelmsford in the first round this week. The boys team also qualified for the MIAA Tournament, winning its final match of the season to go 10-9. The Hillies fell in the first round to Boston Latin by a score of 4-1.

The Haverhill track programs had several student-athletes perform well at the Eastern Mass Division 1 Championships and have qualified for the MIAA All-State Championship. Michael McNaughton (800 meter), Alex Mahew (100 meter) and Patrick Garvey (high jump) each qualified. The boys 4 x 100 meter and the girls 4 x 800 meter relay teams also qualified for the All-State meet.

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