By Tom O'Brien
The Haverhill Gazette
---- — Over the course of two days, Hillie teams won three playoff games and earned a third-place finish in a Merrimack Valley Championship event.
The girls soccer team kicked things off on Friday with a thrilling 4-3 victory in the first round of the MIAA Division 1 North Tournament. Kerrin Thomas scored with just 45 seconds remaining to lift the Hillies to their first-ever playoff win. They then advanced to the quarterfinals, where they fell to Acton-Boxboro 2-0. The 2013 MVC Champions finished their historic season with a 13-2-4 record.
Football team advancesto semi-finals
The football team, playing its first post-season game in 12 years, also came away victorious on Friday.
The Hillies edged Lynn English by a score of 10-7. Haverhill is the No. 1 seed in the tournament and advances to the Division 2 North Semi-Finals on Friday night. They will take on No. 4 seed Lincoln Sudbury. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. at Trinity Stadium. Haverhill carries a 6-2 record into the game. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for students and senior citizens.
Girls volleyball keeps post-season streak alive
The girls volleyball team kept the post-season win streak alive on Saturday afternoon.
Trailing 2-1, the Hillies fought back for a 3-2 win over Reading the first round of the MIAA Division 1 North Tournament. The Hillies upped their season record to an impressive 16-3.
Girls swim team heading to MIT
The girls swim team had a strong performance at the 2013 MVC Swim and Dive Championship.
Michaela Sliney won the individual 1-meter dive championship. Seniors Meg Broderick and Cali Aramian had strong performances in the pool to lead the Hillies to a third-place finish overall. Haverhill will compete in the MIAA Sectional Meet this Saturday at MIT.
Tavitian competesin All-Star game
Congratulations to Rakel Tavitian.
The junior was named to the 2013 MVC All-Conference Field Hockey Team and competed in the MVC All-Star game. The Hillies finished the 2013 campaign with two wins and three ties.
Cross country teams in MIAA Sectionals
The boys and girls cross country teams will also compete in the MIAA Sectionals on Saturday.
Both teams will travel to the Wrentham Development Center for the event. The girls race is slated for 9:50 a.m. and the boys race starts at 11:10 a.m.
Cheerleading team in MVC Championships
The cheerleading team will compete in the 2013 MVC Championships on Sunday at Central Catholic High School.
Schedules, other info available
For all MIAA playoff schedules and information on Hillie Athletics, visit www.miaa.net or www.hillies.org and click on Athletics.
Tom O’Brien is athletic director at Haverhill High School. He contributes this regular column.