Michaela Sliney capped an outstanding season of diving on Sunday night.
The sophomore placed second in the 1-meter diving event at the MIAA Division 1 State Finals at Harvard University. Cali Aramian placed sixth in the 100-yard backstroke and teamed with Emily Brown, Mikayla Sargent and Meaghan Broderick for a fifth-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay.
The 400-yard free relay team (Broderick, Brown, Aramian and Maggie Franklin) placed sixth. The 200-yard free relay team (Sliney, Franklin, Anna Pearse and Tess Tarpy) placed seventh. Haverhill finished in eighth place overall as a team.
Gilmore receives top award
After an outstanding month for the Haverhill High girls cross country team, senior Riley Gilmore was named the Merrimack Valley Female Student-Athlete of the month.
She placed 19th in the MIAA Eastern Massachusetts Championship Meet and went on to place 81st in the MIAA State Championship Finals.
Football team narrowly misses win
The football team dropped a heartbreaker on Friday night to Division 2 power Reading.
The Hillies took a 3-0 lead on a 40-yard field goal by Patrick Yale to end the first half. They then went up 9-0 on the first play of the second half — an 82 yard touchdown run by Ian Kessel.
They held a 9-6 lead and seemed poised to hold on, but Reading came back. The Rockets scored with just 14 seconds remaining to stun the Hillies. Haverhill (6-4) closes out the season with its annual Thanksgiving Day game against Lowell.
Winter sports meeting planned
There will be a winter sports preseason meeting on Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. in the Haverhill High School auditorium.
All students interested in playing a winter sport are required to attend, along with at least one parent or guardian. Information regarding starting dates, participation requirements, rules and regulations, and other topics will be covered at the meeting.
There is a new online registration system available. It is available by visiting www.hillies.org and clicking on “Athletics.’’ Student-athletes who participated in a fall sport do not need to fill out another registration form, but must submit the appropriate user fee and updated physical if needed.
Schedules available online
All Haverhill High School winter sports schedules are available online.
A link to the schedules can also be accessed through www.hillies.org. Hillie fans can print custom schedules, sign up for e-mail alerts, get directions to away games and pick up other information.
Tom O’Brien is athletic director at Haverhill High School. He contributes this regular column.