By Tom O'Brien
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.
Congratulations to the 140 senior student-athletes who graduated on Friday! We are proud of all that each of these students accomplished in both the classroom and in sports. Seven of the top 10 in the senior class rankings were student-athletes. We appreciate them for their hard work and dedication over the past four years and for representing Haverhill in a positive manner. Thank you and best of luck.
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Tom O'Brien is the athletic director at Haverhill High School.