• Thankful AD looks back on successful fall season

    HHS diver Michaela Sliney is the State Champion….AGAIN!!! Sliney had another great performance on Sunday at Harvard University.

    The senior claimed the 2015 MIAA Division 1 State Title in the 1-meter dive, her second straight title. Sliney, who finished up one of the most successful swim/dive careers in school history, has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete at the University of Louisville next year.

    Haverhill finished sixth overall in the MIAA Girls’ Swim & Dive State Championship. Other highlights included freshman Taylor Waligora placing third in the 500 free, Meghan Driscoll swimming to a fourth place finish in the 100 breaststroke and Callie Coady finishing fifth in the 100 butterfly.

    It was a successful fall all around for the Hillie sports teams…

    • Field Hockey team made history, winning first MVC Championship in 27-year history of the program. Also made first playoff appearance in 19 years and set a school record for wins.
    • The Girls’ Swimming & Diving team placed sixth overall at the MIAA State Championships. The team went 7-3 during the regular season.
    • Golf team went 12-2 and place fifth at the MIAA Division 1 North Sectional Tournament. Team has now gone 19-2 over its last 21 matches.
    • Girls’ Soccer team made fourth straight MIAA Playoff appearance. Team has gone 33-22-16 over past four seasons.
    • Boys’ soccer team made first MIAA Playoff appearance since 2009 and posted first tournament win since 2007.
    • Football team made third straight MIAA Playoff appearance. A win on Thanksgiving would result in fourth straight winning season.
    • Cheerleading team posted highest score ever at MVC Championship. Advanced to both Regional and State Championships.
    • Girls cross country had two runners place in top 50 at the MIAA All-State Championship.

    Two Hillie runners qualified for the MIAA Division 1 All-State Meet over the weekend. Junior Jenna Solimine placed 40th overall in the field of the top 180 runners in the state. Jillian Lemieux was not far behind, coming in 44th place to close out a tremendous cross country career for the Hillies.

    Many people claim Thanksgiving is their favorite holiday. Some prefer this holiday because it brings family together, it is not as commercialized as other holidays, and there is always plenty of great food. Another reason that gridiron fans in Massachusetts love Thanksgiving Day is high school football. The tradition of playing a rival team in the morning before heading home for turkey dinner has many families looking forward to this Thursday.

    Haverhill will face its Thanksgiving Day rival – Lowell High School – at home this year. Kickoff is slated for 10:00 a.m. at Trinity Stadium. Admission will be $7.00. The Hillies enter the game with an overall record of 5-5 and are looking for a win to secure a fourth straight winning season.

    Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks. At Haverhill High, we are obviously thankful for the success of our teams as well as all of the individual athletic accomplishments of our student-athletes. But more importantly, as Athletic Director I am grateful for:

    • The conduct of our student-athletes both on and off the playing fields. They constantly represent the Haverhill Public Schools in a positive manner.
    • The effort and countless hours put in by our coaches. They truly care about our student-athletes.
    • The Haverhill School Committee, Superintendent James Scully and Principal Beth Kitsos for making the commitment to lower user fees, improve facilities and provide the athletic program the resources needed to succeed.
    • The game day workers. Athletic events would not take place without ball boys and girls, ticket takers, PA announcers, game supervisors, officials, clock operators and concession stand workers.
    • The booster clubs, for their tremendous hard work and dedication.
    • The support of our fans and the community. They attend our events and consistently cheer on our Hillies. Especially fans like Dave Butler. Rain or shine, home or away, win or lose Dave is always there.
    • The parents of our student-athletes. The athletic endeavors of their children would not be possible without their encouragement, cooperation, sacrifices and car pools.
    • The athletic training staff of Andy Berube and David Warwick. They go above and beyond to prevent and treat injuries and truly care for each and every student-athlete.
    • The Haverhill High School facilities staff and director Tom Geary. Their work on the playing fields, Trinity Stadium and in the buildings provides safe environments for our student-athletes to compete in.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Tom O’Brien

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