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.

Haverhill School Committee Approves Free Sporting Event Admission for Those Over 62

Those over the age of 62 will have free admittance to virtually all school sporting events. The Haverhill School Committee approved the change last week with Committee member Richard J. Rosa presenting a plan to resurrect a gold card program for Haverhill seniors. “These cards can be picked up at the Council on Aging located at the Haverhill Citizens Center with proof of residence and age,” he explained. Other age groups, however, may see a slight increase in the cost of admission to some events. Ice hockey tickets will cost $6 for adults while basketball, wrestling and other events will cost $5.

Sen. Finegold Among Those Holding Nation’s First Legislative Hearing on State Role in Youth Sports

State Sen. Barry R. Finegold convenes Thursday the first legislative hearing in the nation to determine what, if any, role the state should play in regulating youth sports. Finegold, co-chair of the legislature’s Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, said legislators will weigh a comprehensive range of benefits and issues associated with youth sports. “This Thursday’s hearing looks to holistically examine the youth sports industry in Massachusetts. The overarching goal of the hearing is to understand, through the breadth of knowledge and experience from impacted stakeholders, whether or not the state has a role in the youth sports regulatory framework and what that role would be,” he said, adding “Testimony will be provided by various experts with topics ranging from the dangers of early sport specialization and overtraining to the financing landscape at both an individual and institutional level.”

The Joint Committee on Economic Development, co-chaired by Rep. Jerry A. Parisella of Beverly, is coordinating with the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing, co-chaired by Sen. Cindy F. Friedman of Arlington and Rep. John J. Lawn of Watertown. Testimony will be provided by medical professionals, academics and directors and managers of youth sports programs.

The hearing takes place Thursday, Oct.

Ryan Becomes Girls’ Basketball Varsity Head Coach at Haverhill High School

A seventh-grade instructor at Haverhill’s Caleb Dustin Hunking School was named girls’ basketball varsity head coach at Haverhill High School. Haverhill High School Athletic Director Thomas E. O’Brien announced the appointment of Doug Ryan on Thursday. Ryan brings more than a decade of basketball coaching experience to the Hillie program. He has served as the boys’ varsity assistant coach at Methuen High School for the past seven years. O’Brien said Ryan was also “a key part of the staff that helped lead the team to back-to-back conference titles the last two years.”

Ryan has worked as a math teacher for Haverhill Public Schools since 2017.

Montréal Canadiens’ Harris Reminisces in Haverhill, Makes Pledge to Boys and Girls Club

While the City of Haverhill has had its share of sports luminaries over the years, only one former Hillie has made it to the National Hockey League. Haverhill native Jordan Harris was back in his hometown last week and youth hockey coach Stephen J. Costa introduced him to the Haverhill City Council. “Jordan’s career has been quite the story. Jordan is regarded as one of the best players ever to come out of Northeastern University. Selected in the third round in the 2018 draft by the Montréal Canadiens, Jordan joined the Montréal Canadiens and was a huge success,” he told councilors.

Seven Northern Essex Community College Athletes are NJCAA All-Academic Scholars

Seven student-athletes across four sports at Northern Essex Community College were recognized as NJCAA All-Academic scholars Monday by the National Junior College Athletic Association. The seven student-athletes recognized topped all community colleges across the Commonwealth. Of the Knights seven honorees there was one first team selection to go along with three students selected each to the second and third teams. To be eligible for NJCAA All-Academic honors, students must have successfully competed 24 credits in the academic year and earned at least a 3.6 GPA for the year. Students with a GPA between 3.6 and 3.79 earn third team honors, a 3.8 to a 3.99 GPA earns second team honors while a perfect 4.0 lands students on the 1st team. Cooper Smith, of Bloomington, Minn., of the Knights baseball team picked up first-team honors with his perfect 4.0.