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MVC Division 1 champs! Hillies reign in rain

HAVERHILL — Chants of “MVC, MVC, MVC” rained down from both the Haverhill postgame huddle as well as the soaked fans in the stands as the players raised their helmets in triumph.
Haverhill (6-1) had just came off a convincing 34-6 win over conference foe Lawrence (0-7), improving the Hillies to a perfect 4-0 in the league and sealing the Merrimack Valley Division 1 crown outright.
The Hillies now have five straight winning seasons, which the program has not done since 1971-75. There other recent titles were in 2014 (MVC 2) and 2001 (one division then, quad-champ, won coin flip for playoff berth).
“It feels really good,” said a beaming Teshaun Watson, “You know we put in a lot of work this year and it feels great to see that hard work pay off.”
Watson led the Hillies Friday night with 85 yards on six carries and two touchdowns. After having season-ending surgery as a junior last year, the senior Watson transferred from North Andover to Haverhill before the school year.
“Coming from North Andover they welcomed me here with open arms,” said a smiling Watson. “It’s like a family here. I’m winning with my brothers and nothing feels better than that. Hopefully we can keep going to the end.”
Haverhill had a great day defensively, holding Lawrence to only 42 yards of total offense minus sacks. The Hillies had four sacks Friday, one from Mason Ocasio while Cam MacDonald recorded another.
“We knew (Lawrence) was young up front,” said Haverhill coach Tim O’Connor. “So we took advantage of our senior leadership and really put the pressure on them early and were able to keep it up until halftime.”
After Haverhill forced a stop on defense to start the game, Watson capped off an 12-play, 69-yard drive with a 1-yard rush. Quarterback Broghean McGovern added a 13-yard TD rush early in the second quarter, and then used his arm to find Jukka Morales on a nice deep ball for a 70-yard pass. On Lawrence’s first play on its next drive, a fumble was picked up by MacDonald and returned for another score.
Up 28-0 at the half, Watson broke off a 65-yard rush on the second play of the third quarter.
Lawrence got on the board late when Miguel Camacho hit Kelvin Ynfante for an 11-yard pass at the end of the game. Dylan Montanez made a couple of great catches for the Lancers, finishing with 50 receiving yards on three catches.
Haverhill will host a playoff game next Friday, but the opponent will not be known until Sunday.
“Hopefully we can take it all the way, but we need to take it playoff game by playoff game,” said Watson. “We’ve progressed a lot during the regular season and are seeing that with each win. It feels good, but we got to keep it up in the playoffs.”
Haverhill 34, Lawrence 6
Lawrence (0-7):     0  0 0 6 —  6
Haverhill (6-1):     6 22 6 0 — 34
First Quarter
 H — Teshaun Watson 1 run (kick blocked), 2:31
Second Quarter
 H — Broghean McGovern 13 run (Jake Dion run), 9:30
 H — Jukka Morales 70 pass from McGovern (Dion run), 6:32
 H — Cam MacDonald 15 fumble return (kick failed), 6:13
Third Quarter
 H — Watson 65 run (kick failed), 9:43
Fourth Quarter
 L — Kelvin Ynfante 11 pass from Miguel Camacho, :10
RUSHING: HAVERHILL (23-195): Teshaun Watson 6-85, Pedro Santiago 5-47, Broghean McGovern 5-35, J.C. Laguerre 4-22, Kyle Connors 3-6; LAWRENCE (20-(-36)): Miguel Camacho 4-1, Randy Reyes 5-(-3), Brandon Santell 1-(-3), Anthony Garcia 4-(-10), Ronny Pena 6-(-21)
PASSING: H — Broghean McGovern 3-4-0, 87; L — Ronny Pena 3-8-0, 42, Miguel Camacho 2-3-0, 36
RECEIVING: H — Jukka Morales 2-73, Ivan DelaRosa 1-14; L — Dylan Montanez 3-50, Camacho 1-17, Kelvin Ynfante 1-11

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Methuen clinches

Rachel Zins scored two goals to help Methuen field hockey beat Haverhill 4-0 and clinch a spot in the postseason. Claudia Crowe and Zoe Jezerski also scored for the Rangers.

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Reggies fall short


For the first time in 30 years according to head coach Kevin Maloney, the Greater Lawrence volleyball team failed to make the state tournament. The Reggies (9-10) seemed to be on their way, winning the first two games, but Mystic Valley then won the next three, the last by a 15-12 score after trailing 9-3. Alegna Reyes shined in defeat with 8 kills, 8 blocks, 17 service points and 5 aces.

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Methuen survives


Methuen's volleyball team continued its excellent season, winning its 12th match but, like most contests against Haverhill, it wasn't easy. Led by junior Abby Sullivan, who had 20 kills and 7 blocks, the Rangers won in five games.

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Andover (14-3) volleyball avenged an earlier season loss to rival Central Catholic with a 3-1 win over the Raiders Monday on the road. Jillian Webber had 11 kills, and senior captain Julia McBride had 19 digs. It was Central's (15-2) first loss since its season-opening L to state power Barnstable.

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Lancers near .500


The Lawrence volleyball team  moved closer to .500 and a tournament berth with a sweep of Lowell, improving to 8-9. Brandey Rodriguez had 16 kills and Moralys De La Rosa had 10 aces and played a strong all-around game.

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Pentucket, Coyle Cassidy

After suffering back-to-back losses, the Pentucket football team returned to its winning ways on the road last night against Coyle and Cassidy.
Liam Sheehy broke a 65 yard touchdown run on the first offensive play of the game and the Sachems rolled from there, earning a 35-12 win over the Warriors.
Coyle and Cassidy did cut the Pentucket (3-4) lead to 7-6 but Chris Muollo answered right back with a 30 yard rushing score in the second and then Nathan McGrail hauled in a 35 yard touchdown pass from Finn Graham.
In the fourth quarter, Sheehy burned the Warriors again, this time with a 60 yard touchdown run before Stevie Johanson rushed one in from 5 yards out for the visitors’ final score. 
The Sachem defense did allow a fourth quarter touchdown, but the game was well in hand at the time.
Johanson was a perfect 5 for 5 on extra point kicks. 
Pentucket will wait for the playoff pairings, which come out Sunday evening.
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Andover still perfect

Andover won the battle of unbeatens with Acton-Boxboro by a 93-85 score. Andover improved to 11-0 while the Colonials dropped to 9-1.
Individual winners for Andover in that one were Mia Galat (200 freestyle, 100 butterfly), Emily Clements (100 free, 100 backstroke), Rachel Landry (200 IM), Victoria Ambrose (500 free) and Jordy Clements (100 breaststroke).

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Owls fall short


PLAISTOW — Timberlane held Merrimack ace quarterback Justin Grassini to six points in the second half and played uimproved defense, but it wasn't enough in a 32-9 loss to Merrimack.

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Football, 10/22/16 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Lambert feeling right at home for Brooks

NORTH ANDOVER — Seamus Lambert dropped back into the pocket, looked down field and spotted the massive target of Penn State commit Pat Freiermuth breaking free down field.

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Sibanda, Salem hold off Londonderry

SALEM, N.H. — It wasn’t its best performance, but the end result was perhaps the most significant of the season for the Salem football team Friday night.

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Football, 10/19/16 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Sullivan, Rangers punch ticket to States

METHUEN — With a strong group of returning starters, Methuen volleyball was optimistic about this fall.

Jacqueline Cassidy, Haley McDonnell, Katelyn Hulme, Cristina Lucas and Julia McCoy are talented players. The addition of a superb transfer, though, put the Rangers over the top.
Abby Sullivan, a 6-foot-2 junior from North Middlesex Regional, has made an immediate impact.
In Tuesday's 3-0 win over Everett, Sullivan had 11 kills and eight blocks as the Rangers improved to 10-4. That's quite an improvement from an 11-11 2015 campaign. The win clinched a return to the state tourney. The Rangers had an impressive eight-year tourney run then didn't make it in 2014 and 2015.

"We knew going into the season with Sullivan and the returners, we could do a lot," said Methuen coach Matt Twomey. "We've played a lot of good MVC teams close. We're not just happy making the tourney."
Sullivan, a Lowell Sun All-Star as a sophomore, has had double-digit kills every match.

Twomey said, "From the very first day she has just impressed us. We knew had to move some people around. She's become part of our family."
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VIDEO: Andover volleyball's Eduardo Machado

Eduardo Machado is a standout for the Andover volleyball team — he leads the team in assists and kills — and is also a star in the classroom. He is ranked in the top 10 percent of his class, scored a 2,170 on his SATs and will be attending RPI.

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VIDEO: Salem runner Eric Tahtamoni

Salem runner Eric Tahtamoni talks about his new love of hurdles, and his hopes to break the school record in the 400.

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VIDEO: Haverhill runner Mike McNaughton

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