Loss of Farmer
The running community suffered a big loss last week when Mike Farmer, the longtime Amesbury cross country head coach and track assistant, passed away after a long battle with cancer.
A graduate of Central Catholic, Farmer was an avid member of the Winners Circle Running Club and was for years the race director of the Heartbeat Five Miler in Amesbury. He was funny and adept at sarcasm but also incredibly supportive and understanding.
New girls hockey team
Haverhill High will be joining forces with Pentucket and North Andover to start a girls hockey team beginning next season. Practices and games will be held in Haverhill and a coach should be named within the next month.
North Andover has been in a co-op with Masconomet for several years and Haverhill has used girls in the boys program, including last year when Michaela Kane was the starting goalie for the JV team.
Moreover, a number of incoming freshman girls from the Pentucket and Haverhill youth programs are expected to play.
TD for Rivera
In case you missed it, Greater Lawrence’s Cristian Rivera scored the only touchdown for the North, a 4-yard run, in its 13-6 loss to the South last week in the Agganis All-Star Classic at the Manning Bowl.
Among other highlights for the North, Pentucket’s Cody Rothwell hauled in a 34-yard pass and Haverhill’s Tommy Morgan delivered a perfect pass to North MVP Alex Moore of St. John’s Prep.
Step up for Hillies
According to Haverhill athletic director Tom O’Brien, the Hillies captured five conference championships in the past school year, which hadn’t been done since 1998. Winning titles were girls volleyball, girls soccer, girls lacrosse, golf and boys basketball.
Ben Pare, a former state champ in the mile while at Methuen, has been named a captain for the UMass Lowell cross country team, which will be in its first season competing in Division 1 this fall in the America East Conference.