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January 1, 2014

Year End Awards: Vonleh, Coughlin named Athletes of the Year

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The three-time defending Super Bowl champion Crimson Tide.

It wasn’t going to be easy, it never is when you line up across from the Crimson and Gold.

Central star Cody Demers took a wicked shot early on and was on the sidelines. But not for long.

Everett took a 15-14 lead with 7:12 left on a Marquis Holman 1-yard run and James Hunt’s 2-point rush.

Many a would-be juggernaut had assumed the same fate.

Great game. You should be proud. Congratulations on your moral victory.

But the fourth-seeded Raiders showed the top-seeded hosts they had plenty left in the tank.

But a drive to the 5 ended on a fumble and another late fumble nearly ended it. But alert offensive lineman Dan MacDonald pounced on it.

Two plays later, Mike Milano hooked up with Demers, who outscrapped Wisconsin recruit Lubern Figaro for a gorgeous, game-winning 24-yard TD catch with 2:10 left.

Most “experts” picked Xaverian to win the Division 1 Super Bowl. But after beating Everett, the Raiders weren’t to be denied and hammered the state’s other super power 34-17.

Girls Game of the Year

Hillie lacrosse believed in miracles

All things considered, it wasn’t a bad loss.

After all, when Haverhill played Pentucket early in the season, the Hillies were humbled 21-8. This was looking like only a four-goal loss.

The Haverhill girls lacrosse team trailed by four with two minutes left. It was about time to file this one under moral victories.

But the moral of the story was don’t give up, don’t ever give up.

Haverhill fought back and tied it at 15-15. The Hillies ended up completing the amazing comeback but it would take a bit of a wait. Kristy Robertson’s ninth goal of the day, which came in the third overtime, gave the Brown and Gold the 17-16 win.

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