The Haverhill Gazette
---- — Haverhill High sports teams have been very successful over the past several years and have made us proud in both the classroom and on the fields.
We are equally proud that more students are participating on an annual basis and that trend has continued this fall.
There are 425 student-athletes playing a sport at Haverhill High this fall. That is up from 403 last fall and a significant increase from 362 student-athletes who participated in the fall of 2011.
Soccer, volleyball and golf teams have good start
The girls soccer, girls volleyball and golf teams are the defending Merrimack Valley Conference champions and have all gotten off to good starts.
The girls soccer team is unbeaten, going 3-0-1 including a key draw against North Andover. The Hillies host Malden in a non-league match on Saturday morning at Trinity Stadium.
The girls volleyball team is also undefeated with a 3-0 start, and hosts Tewksbury on Friday night.
The golf team is 2-2, including big MVC victories over Billerica and Tewksbury.
Girls swim team looking for three in a row
The girls swim team won its first two meets of the season.
Haverhill downed Billerica 94-81 and then defeated Notre Dame 96-82. The Hillies will try to make it 3-0 on Friday when they take on Dracut at the Haverhill High Charles C. White Pool at 3:30 p.m.
Hillie football wins one, drops one
Coming off an 8-3 season, the football team also got off to a great start with a 21-19 victory over defending Super Bowl Champion Beverly.
The road win snapped Beverly’s 14-game winning streak. Haverhill was defeated in the home opener by Central Catholic on Saturday afternoon. The Hillies have a bye this week before heading to Lawrence on Sept. 27.
Cross country teams win and lose
The cross country teams split in their home opener on Friday against Tewksbury.
The girls came away with a convincing 20-35 win, while the boys dropped a 40-20 decision to the Redmen. Both teams are in action against Dracut on Wednesday.
Boys soccer and field hockey get first wins
The boys soccer and field hockey teams both picked up their first wins of the season against Lawrence last week.
On Monday, the field hockey team defeated the Lancers 2-0 and the soccer team followed with a 3-1 win on Thursday.
Sports info available online
For all current Haverhill schedules and information on Hillie athletics, please visit www.hillies.org and click on “Athletics.”
Tom O’Brien is athletic director at Haverhill High School. He contributes this regular column.