It has been a great end to 2019 and start to 2020 for the Hillie winter sports teams.
The Haverhill wrestling team picked up where it left off last season when it finished undefeated and captured a Merrimack Valley Conference title.
The Hillies opened the year with a second place finish at the prestigious Ashland Invitational tournament. The team then won its first three dual meets to extend its winning streak to 31 straight matches. The Hillies return home on Wednesday to host Andover.
Gymnasts off to a great start
The Hillie gymnasts are also building off their success from last year.
The defending MVC champs are off to a 2-1 start with wins over North Andover and Andover. The team will host Central Catholic at the Haverhill YMCA on Wednesday.
Girls hockey team to face Methuen
The Haverhill-Pentucket-North Andover girls hockey team is ranked as one of the top teams in the state.
The Hillies picked up a 4-1 win at home over Westford Academy on Saturday to extend its unbeaten record to 5-0-1. The team will travel to Methuen on Saturday for a big MVC matchup.
Boys hockey team off to great start
They boys hockey team is off to its best start in over a decade, winning three of its first five games.
The Hillies captured the title in the 2019 Hillie Christmas Tournament, the first title in its own tournament since 2015. Haverhill returns home on Saturday to host Boston Latin at 7 p.m.
Track teams to compete in invitational
Both Hillie indoor track teams have had a strong run through the bulk of the season, having traveled to Boston for numerous meets so far.
They will travel to Boston University on Thursday afternoon for a two important meets. The boys team will face Billerica for the MVC Division 2 Championship. The girls will take on Methuen. Both teams will travel to the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston on Saturday for the MSTCA Invitational.
Swim team nabs early wins
They boys swim team record sits at 2-1, with wins over Pinkerton and North Andover.
The Hillies will travel to Andover for their next meet on Wednesday.
Basketball team to face Central
The boys basketball team is 4-3 overall and 2-2 in conference play.
The Hillies won two games in the Lowell Catholic Holiday Tournament before falling in the championship game to Lowell. Haverhill hosts Central Catholic on Friday at 7 p.m.
Girls basketball team faces Central
The girls basketball team picked up an MVC win over Lawrence on Sunday to even its record at 3-3.
The Hillies will travel to Central Catholic on Friday night.
Sports schedules and other information
For complete sports schedules, results and more, visit haverhillhillies.com.
Tom O'Brien is athletic director at Haverhill High School. He contributes this regular column to the Gazette.