Hillie​ ​Sports​ ​Resurgence​ ​Fuels​ ​Call​ ​for​ ​Hall​ ​of​ ​Fame​ ​Nominations

The​ ​success​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Haverhill​ ​High​ ​School​ ​athletic​ ​program​ ​has​ ​heightened​ ​interest​ ​in​ ​creating​ ​a​ ​Hillies Athletics​ ​Hall​ ​of​ ​Fame.

“There​ ​is​ ​definitely​ ​a​ ​renewed​ ​interest​ ​in​ ​sports​ ​across​ ​the​ ​​ ​community,”​ ​said​ ​Athletics​ ​Director​ ​Tom O’Brien.​ ​“This​ ​is​ ​the​ ​perfect​ ​time​ ​to​ ​formally​ ​recognize​ ​those​ ​who​ ​have​ ​brought​ ​distinction​ ​and​ ​honor​ ​to Haverhill​ ​High.​ ​There​ ​are​ ​so​ ​many​ ​Hillies​ ​out​ ​there​ ​who​ ​deserve​ ​recognition​ ​for​ ​their​ ​tremendous accomplishments​ ​and​ ​contributions.”

Former​ ​HHS​ ​student-athletes​ ​who​ ​graduated​ ​before​ ​2006​ ​are​ ​eligible​ ​for​ ​nomination. ​ ​Coaches​ ​who​ ​left their​ ​coaching​ ​positions​ ​before​ ​2011​ ​or​ ​who​ ​are​ ​at least​ ​60​ ​years​ ​old​ ​also​ ​are​ ​eligible​ ​for​ ​nomination.

Any​ ​member​ ​of​ ​the​ ​community​ ​may​ ​nominate​ ​a​ ​qualified​ ​individual​ ​for​ ​consideration.​ ​An​ ​official nomination​ ​form​ ​can​ ​be​ ​found​ ​on​ ​the​ ​Haverhill​ ​Public​ ​Schools​ ​web​ ​site,​ ​www.hillies.org,​ ​under​ ​the Athletics​ ​tab.

Over​ ​the​ ​past​ ​five​ ​years,​ ​the​ ​Haverhill​ ​High​ ​School​ ​Athletic​ ​Program​ ​has​ ​experienced​ ​unprecedented growth​ ​and​ ​success.​ ​Participation​ ​has​ ​jumped​ ​from​ ​900​ ​participants​ ​per​ ​year​ ​to​ ​more​ ​than​ ​1,200,​ ​and the​ ​program​ ​has​ ​added​ ​four​ ​varsity​ ​sports.​ ​Since​ ​2011,​ ​Hillie​ ​teams​ ​have​ ​captured​ ​19​ ​Merrimack Valley​ ​Conference​ ​titles​ ​and​ ​75​ ​teams​ ​have​ ​qualified​ ​for​ ​MIAA​ ​post-season​ ​play.

Nomination​ ​information​ ​and​ ​any​ ​supporting​ ​material​ ​can​ ​also​ ​be​ ​sent​ ​by​ ​mail​ ​to​ ​Tom​ ​O’Brien​ ​at Haverhill​ ​High​ ​School​ ​in​ ​care​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Athletics​ ​Department,​ ​or​ ​by​ ​email​ ​at​ ​[email protected] The​ ​deadline​ ​for​ ​nominations​ ​is​ ​Dec.​ ​1,​ ​2016.

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  1. There is already a Haverhill Athletic Hall of Fame, although it has been dormant for years. In addition to Haverhill High athletes, it also includes St James athletes, like Dickie Moynihan, Coach Bodger Carroll, and the 1924 SJHS football team. plus other later SJHS athletes after interscholastic athletics were ended like boxer Jackie O’Neill, baseball player Mike Ryan & golfer Paul Moran. Also, former Lawrence Central Catholic & Holy Cross star Larry ‘Pat’ McCarthy is a member.

    My question is, do we need two athletic Halls of Fame? Why not just resurrect the existing Athletic Hall of Fame? Although the existing Hall has no physical location, the lobby of the HHS Gym would be a good location.