Good News from A Great City Haverhill, MA
While waiting to pick up a crew member who had been practicing on the Erg machines inside the school, The Heartbeat of Haverhill’s attention was drawn to the dozens and dozens of energized athletes on the Haverhill HS fields and courts that were visible from the parking lot. Every inch of the field was in use with long jumping, javelin throwing, lacrosse, running, and tennis. It was very hard to determine which was working harder – the student athletes and coaches or the field that supported them all.
There appeared to be some students who perhaps weren’t in high school yet but were eager to practice endurance and agility on the same fields as the older counterparts who inspired them.
For the first time THOH witnessed javelin throwing (or is it tossing?), pretty much figuring that’s something we could take on until we realized there was a lot of strategy in how the wobbling stick was thrust into the air.
Boys and Girls Lacrosse may not be as recognizable as baseball and softball, but interest and ability are strong in Haverhill.
The long jump seems pretty tricky and rewarding – throwing yourself airborne and then positioning for a strong landing. It is in effect flying which is a dream for so many, and then landing rather abruptly just when you start to enjoy the flight.
Lastly, The Heartbeat of Haverhill watched the one sport we truly understand – Tennis. The athletes served and volleyed, charged the net and angled off. THOH spent years playing and watching this sport and the urge to snag a racquet and take to the court right then was only stemmed by the vision of an exhausted kid leaning on the car wanting to get home.
Good luck teams!