Podcast: In Advance of 50th Anniversary Celebration, ‘Spike’ Sprague Reveals Little Known Facts

It won’t be long before members of Haverhill High School’s 1973-74 hockey team gather for the 50th anniversary of the program and one of the organizers is revealing decades-old details. The celebration takes place Saturday Feb. 17, at Haverhill High School’s Veterans Memorial rink with a game against Shawsheen. Richard “Spike” Sprague, who scored Haverhill High’s first varsity goal, gave away some secrets during a visit last week to WHAV’s “Win for Breakfast” program. “I guess you’re going to find out why I scored the goal, because he went into emergency duty because the starter was out.

After Large Donation, Youth Wrestling Tournament Goes Forward

After a last-minute search, Haverhill Hammers Youth Wrestling finally found a location for its league’s annual tournament, but it still needed to pay for the event. Head Coach Joe Delgrosso said he approached Covanta, who agreed to pay the bulk of costs — trainer and rental fees, for example. The club offers two programs, one an introduction to wrestling for kids in kindergarten through first grade and the other offering more serious instruction for fourth through eighth graders as they prepare for high school wrestling. Haverhill High’s team is ranked third in New England, according to Delgrosso. Describing the program for older children, Delgrosso said, “that’s when wrestling starts to become a little more serious, with a focus upon winning, and if we’re not winning, we’re learning why we lost.

Dozens of Local Athletes Take Part in YMCA Regional Gymnastics Meet in Plaistow

The YMCA Regional Gymnastics Meet took place this past weekend at the Plaistow, N.H., Community YMCA. There were 350 athletes competing from across New England with 40 athletes from Haverhill. Haverhill/Plaistow YMCA Phoenix Gymnastics Team and their levels were April Morales, Caroline Turner, Avery Orr, Brianna Castro and Emery Dacey, Level 1; Alayah Pierrot, Liliana Dacey, Mia Delossantos and Eryn Haynes, Level 2; Kiaraliz Castro and Charlotte Caron, Level 3; Gianna Lundgren, Willow Murray, Casey Baker, Juliana Cordero and Selena Urrutia, Level 4; Ari Dempsey, Suri Figueroa, Olivia Battey and Nevaeh Brumis, level 6; Annalise Gritzer, Level 7; Jadalyn Perez, Madison Hertel and Rylee Dempsey, Xcel Bronze; Alexa Troisi, Catherine Alleva, Sadie Almeida, Charlotte Barber, Natalie Apuzzo, Angel Silva and Fiona Hickey, Xcel Silver; Amaya Castro and Addison Murray, Xcel Gold; and Kaelyn    Mazzaglia, Xcel Platinum. Events were overseen by Lyndsey Delp, YMCA gymnastic director, and Ken Sloanhoffer, gymnastic team head coach.

City Council Remembers Conway, Former HHS Football Player Who Signed with Buffalo Bills

Services and a celebration of life are planned for Haverhill High School Sports Hall of Famer Daniel A. Conway Jr. who died Dec.7 at age 65. Conway, a graduate from the Haverhill High School class of 1976, signed a free agent contract with the Buffalo Bills after college, but he lost one eye in a practice mishap which ended his chance to play. Haverhill City Council Vice President John A. Michitson recently honored his friend, saying Conway helped shape him. “Former teammates remembered that Dan was hilarious during the Haverhill High School Football team meetings. For me personally, I am indebted to the encouragement he gave me as a boy playing sports—win or lose,” he said.

Podcast: Coach ‘Spike’ Sprague Prepares to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of HHS Hockey Team

This season represents a milestone for the Haverhill High School hockey team. It was 50 years ago that the first Haverhill High Varsity team hit the ice. For those oldest enough to remember, Gerald Ford was sworn in as vice president in December, the film “The Exorcist” made its debut and Richard “Spike” Sprague scored the first goal for the Haverhill Hillies hockey team. “I was fortunate enough to be on the ice for the first shift, and I got lucky enough to score the first goal, and the only thing that upset me the whole time was my coach said whoever scored the first goal would get a cigar. I never got the cigar,” he said.

VFW and Crescent Yacht Club Host Army vs. Navy Football Watch Party

Hefty ticket prices are bringing the upcoming Army vs. Navy Football games home for a Haverhill audience. Haverhill Lorraine Post 29 Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Crescent Yacht Club are working together to host a watch party. The VFW approached the Crescent Yacht Club about hosting an open-to-the public watch party for this year’s matchup between the Army’s Black Knights and the Navy’s Midshipmen. There will be food and a cash bar Saturday, Dec.

Bruins Legend-turned-Marathoner Chara to Run Feaster Five

Bruins legend-turned-Marathoner Zdeno Chara will run the Feaster Five and serve as the official race starter, launching the start of thousands of runners and walkers who will head down Main Street on Thanksgiving morning. Chara, who completed the Boston Marathon earlier this year, will be joined by longtime Feaster Five VIP and World Marathon Challenge Champion Becca Pizzi. Chara was the longtime captain of the Boston Bruins and played 24 seasons in the NHL. Pizzi was the first American woman to complete the World Marathon Challenge—running seven marathons, on seven continents, in seven days. She’s now done it twice and won both times.

Haverhill School Sports Teams Receive Accolades on Recent Wins From Superintendent

Haverhill High School sports teams have been on a roll over the past few weeks. School Superintendent Margaret Marotta put on her sports commentator’s hat at last Thursday’s School Committee meeting to praise those team’s recent wins. “(The) girl’s volleyball team won the conference championship this weekend for the third straight year. The team finished the regular season with 17 wins and one loss and they are ranked number two in the state. The girl’s cross-country team are also tearing it up.