hgazette.com, Haverhill, MA

May 17, 2012

Boys lacrosse team qualifies for playoffs

By Tom O'Brien

The boys lacrosse program has qualified for post-season play. With a 12-1 win over Dracut on Thursday, the Hillies clinched a berth in the MIAA State Tournament. The team has won back-to-back games to improve to 9-4 on the season with five games remaining. The Hillies will play their final regular season home game Saturday at 10 a.m. against Pentucket. The girls lacrosse team kept its playoff hopes alive with a convincing 23-16 win over Dracut. The Hillie girls are 5-6 with four games remaining. Their final home game will be against Lowell on May 22 at 6:45 p.m.

The quest for a perfect season continued for the boys volleyball team last week. The Hillies picked up league wins over Billerica and Methuen to improve to 15-0 on the season. The No. 1 ranked team in the state, Haverhill will play its final regular season home match on Friday night when it hosts Central Catholic.

The girls tennis team downed Lowell 5-0 to improve to 7-2. The boys team record now stands at 5-6. The weather has backed up much of the schedule for both teams, making for a busy finish to the season. The boys team is schedule to play eight matches and the girls are slated to pay six over the last 10 days of the season.

Rain has also caused issues with the Hillie softball schedule, as the team has been able to play only two games in the past two weeks. The team finishes up 2012 with four games next week, including the last three at home against Lawrence, Presentation of Mary and Pentucket.

The Hillie baseball squad kept its playoff hopes alive with an important 7-5 win over Methuen last week. Haverhill is now 7-8 heading into its final five games of the season. The team travels to Tewksbury on Thursday and Dracut on Saturday, before returning home on Monday for its final home game of the season against Everett.

The Haverhill track teams participated in the annual Andover Booster Meet on Saturday. Several Hillies took second place in their respective events, including Patrick Garvey in the high jump, Alex Mahew in the 100-meter dash, Michael McNaughton in the 1-mile run and Jackie Solimine in the 1-mile run. The Hillie boys and girls will participate in the MVC Championship Meet on Thursday afternoon.

For all of the current spring schedules and information on Haverhill High athletics, please visit www.hillies.org and click on "Athletics.''

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Tom O'Brien is the athletic director at Haverhill High School. He contributes this regular column.