Hillie sports teams participated in several tournaments over the vacation break. The girls basketball team took part in the Epping Holiday Classic, winning all three games in the event. The Hillies picked up victories over Sunapee (53-30), Interlakes (42-15) and Derryfield (28-21) to improve to 5-2 on the season. Haverhill will host Lawrence Friday at 7 p.m.
The boys' basketball team had one win and two losses in the Lowell Spinners Holiday Basketball Tournament. The Hillies fell to Acton-Boxborough 75-55, suffered a narrow 61-58 loss to Londonderry and defeated Dracut 67-43. The Hillies travel to Lawrence Friday night before returning home on Jan. 10 to host Tewksbury at 7 p.m.
The hockey program hosted the 18th annual Hillie Christmas Tournament last week, with eight teams participating at Veterans Memorial Rink. Haverhill lost two of the closest games of the four-day event. The Hillies lost on last-minute goals to Stoneham and Shawsheen by a score of 3-2 in both games. Haverhill will be home Saturday to take on Lincoln-Sudbury at 5 p.m.
After being edged by Central Catholic in the opening meet of the season, the boys' swimming team has pulled out two straight wins to improve to 2-1. The Hillies downed Revere 93-61 before grabbing a 90-86 victory over Pinkerton last Tuesday. The next home meet for the Hillies is slated for Jan. 10 against Chelmsford.
Junior Tyler Bard and freshman Orlando Rojas have led the way early on for the Haverhill wrestling program. Rojas has just one loss this season, compiling an impressive 11-1 start to his high school career. The Hillies will compete in the Chelmsford tournament Saturday. They will be home Jan. 11 to take on Peabody at 6:30 p.m.
For complete winter schedules and updates information on Haverhill sports, visit our web site at: www.hillies.org
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Tom O'Brien is the athletic director at Haverhill High School.