The boys volleyball team has picked up where it left off last season - winning matches. The defending MVC champs are off to another great start. With a win over Methuen on Monday night, the Hillies improved to 6-0 on the season. The boys have not only won, but have dominated the competition thus far, winning 18 of the 19 individual games played. The Hillies also advanced to the semi-finals of the Holyoke Tournament of Champions over the weekend. They have two difficult tests coming up, traveling to Central Catholic on Friday night and hosting Andover on Monday.

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The boys lacrosse team is also off to a tremendous start to the season. The Hillies are 6-1 overall and 3-0 in Merrimack Valley Conference play. After dropping their first game of the season (a 9-5 loss to Woburn), the Hillies rebounded with a 5-4 victory at Manchester Essex. They host Methuen and Central Catholic this week. After a 10-day break, the girls lacrosse team returns to action this week with road games at Methuen and Central Catholic.

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The baseball team snagged its first MVC win of the season on Monday afternoon. The Hillies jumped out to a 7-0 lead then held on for the 13-9 win to improve to 3-4 on the season. Haverhill hosts Dracut on Friday afternoon at Trinity Stadium.

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The softball team downed Presentation of Mary 16-1 on Monday to even its record at 4-4. The Hillies have averaged 14 runs per game in their four victories. The squad hosts Lowell on Thursday afternoon in a makeup game from Monday.

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After a long break, the boys and girls tennis teams return to action this week with important league matches against Chelmsford and Central Catholic. The boys will also face Lowell Catholic on the road on Thursday.

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Another Hillie football player is going on to play at the next level. Taylor Sullivan has committed to play at Plymouth State in the fall. This is the fifth Haverhill player to commit to playing football in college next year.

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

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The Haverhill High School Baseball Program will host a free Youth Baseball Clinic Saturday, April 28. The clinic is open to all players in the Riverside Bradford Little League program. The clinic will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for players ages 9 to 14 and from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for ages 5 to 8 at Trinity Stadium. Players should wear cleats or sneakers and bring their own glove and bat if they have them. The Haverhill High baseball players and coaching staff will be on hand to provide general instruction on the fundamentals of baseball.

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

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