By Tom O'Brien
The Haverhill Gazette
---- — Girls volleyball team compiles 18-4 record
The girls volleyball team completed one of the best seasons in program history.
The playoff run was highlighted by a 3-0 win over previously undefeated and No. 1 seed Peabody. After winning three playoff matches, the Hillies fell in the MIAA Division 1 North Finals. Haverhill finished the season with a 18-4 record.
Football team falls to Lincoln Sudbury, faces Reading Friday
The football team’s playoff run came to an end on Friday night.
The No. 1 seeded Hillies dropped a 27-6 decision to No. 4 Lincoln Sudbury. Haverhill is now 6-3 and will play two more non-league games to wrap up the season. They host Reading at home Friday at 7 p.m. before taking on Lowell on Thanksgiving Day.
Girls swim and dive team prepares for championship meet
The girls swimming and diving team had an impressive showing at the MIAA Division 1 North Sectionals at MIT on Saturday.
Sophomore Michaela Sliney won the 1-meter diving competition to lead the Hilies to a sixth-place finish overall. The team now moves on to the MIAA Division 1 State Championship meet on Sunday at Harvard University.
Cross country teams have strong showing
The cross country teams competed in the MIAA Eastern Massachusetts Championship Meet at the Wrentham Development Center on Saturday.
Riley Gilmore led the way, placing 19th in the field of 133 runners with a time of 19:30. Christian White was the top Hillie on the boys side with a 33rd place finish out of 167 runners. The girls team finished ninth and the boys finished 19th.
Cheerleading squad places sixth
The cheerleading squad competed in the MVC Championship on Sunday at Central Catholic High School.
The team placed sixth in its division with a score of 64.25.
Congratulations to all the Hillie student-athletes and coaches, who have worked so hard and represented our city so well over the past three months.
Winter sports meeting
A winter sports preseason meeting will be held 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, regulations and more will be covered at the meeting.
Winter sports registration
Winter sports registration forms and fees were due on Nov. 6.
Registrations will still be accepted, but must be submitted no later than Nov. 19. There is a new online registration system available. Visit www.hillies.org and click 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.
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 email alerts, get directions to away facilities and more.
Tom O’Brien is athletic director at Haverhill High School. He contributes this regular column.