The Haverhill Hockey program will host the 18th annual Hillie Christmas Tournament Dec. 26 to 29 at the Veterans Memorial Rink.
Eight teams will participate: Haverhill, Shawsheen, North Andover, Wellesley, Wilmington, Matignon, Masconomet and Stoneham. Haverhill will play in the first game of the tournament on Dec. 26 when it takes on Stoneham at 5 p.m. The Hillies have opened the season with a pair of losses, falling to Boston Latin and Lowell Catholic.
The Haverhill girls basketball team picked up the first official win for a Hillie sports team this winter, defeating Notre Dame 39-20 on Friday night. The squad evened its record at 1-1 following a season-opening loss to Billerica. The Hillies will host Charlestown on Thursday night.
The boys basketball team fell in the home opener against Andover on Friday night. A packed gym saw the Hillies fight back but drop a 72-53 decision to the Golden Warriors. It was a completely new look to the Mansfield Gym, highlighted by the renovated gym floor thanks to Converse, Inc. Additionally, the new look features a fresh paint job, new entrance and new banners. The boys team will compete in the Lowell Tournament next week. The next home game for the Hillies is Jan. 10.
The wrestling program is off to a great start in its first season back at Haverhill. Freshman Orlando Rojas won his weight class with three pins at the Sons of Italy Tournament hosted by Wilmington High School. Tyler Bard also had a good tournament, finishing third in the 126 pound weight class.
The team will travel to Masconomet on Friday for a quad-meet.
The boys and girls indoor track programs were edged by Chelmsford in their first meet of the season last week. Dan Burrows (shotput) and Patrick Garvey (high jump) each won their events for the boys while Jillian Meserve (mile) and Bridget Twomey (2 mile) claimed victory for the girls. The teams will compete in the MSTCA Elite Meet on Dec. 29 and will take on Lowell on Jan. 3.
The boys swimming team was edged by Central Catholic 85-80 in the season opener for both teams. Nick Roy won the 200 IM and his time of 2 minutes, 9.1 seconds qualified for the MIAA State Finals. Roy won the 100-yard butterfly, while Sean Driscoll (100-yard breaststroke) and Max Kouffman (100-yard freestyle) also won their respective events. The Hillies will be home on Dec. 27 to host Pinkerton Academy.
Complete winter schedules and updates on Haverhill sports are available at our website at: www.hillies.org.
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Tom O'Brien is athletic director at Haverhill High School. He contributes this regular column.