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During the usual winter season, writes Jason Brisbois in his Hornets season summary, making it through the calendar with everyone in good health and with little interruption to the schedule can be an accomplishment in itself.  That notion is even more important to embrace when playing basket…

This Friday marks the season-opener for not only the MERHS football team, but for the Fall II sports season as a whole. Fans will get a glimpse of what the Manchester Essex football and cheering squads will look like on the road against Triton on March 12, and the Winter Track team will begin its season in a few weeks outdoors.

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One team usually begins its season while the temperatures are still high and there are leaves on the trees. Another team usually starts its season just before the start of winter but is now starting just before the start of spring. A third team usually makes its presence felt during game days and competitions in the fall and is looking to make things a bit more official at the varsity level. Welcome, one and all, to the never-before-seen Fall II Season.

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There were stops, starts, cancellations and reschedules aplenty this winter, due to both weather and COVID-related concerns. Even with unique challenges in place and changes to how games are both prepared for and played, local high school teams were able to put a bow on the winter season this month. Some got to extend their seasons, and some had their seasons cut short, but all of the winter sports featuring Manchester Essex athletes got some time on the court, on the ice or in the pool.

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Under the watchful eye of Marblehead Co-ops first-year head coach, Brittany Smith, the Lady Headers are having a great season, regardless of the COVID-19 restrictions all the teams face. Smith had a 100+ point career for the Marblehead Co-op. She is a 2014 graduate of MERHS. Here we see fres…

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Breaking away from her opponents, ME Hornet Calista Lai drives for the layup. The Hornets faced North Reading Monday night at home. The Hornets went on to win the game 42-34. With one game left the Lady Hornets are 4-5 for the season. More photos at: https://www.facebook.com/TheManchesterCricket 

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ME Hornet AJ Palazolla puts everything in to the effort to make this shot during a home game against rivals, Amesbury. The boys currently sit at 6-3, on top of the CAL Baker Division with one game remaining. More photos at: https://www.facebook.com/TheManchesterCricket 

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During the usual winter season, writes Jason Brisbois in his Hornets season summary, making it through the calendar with everyone in good health and with little interruption to the schedule can be an accomplishment in itself.  That notion is even more important to embrace when playing basketball or swimming and diving competitively during a pandemic.

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Junior Hornet Emma Fitzgerald lays the ball up for two against Hamilton Wenham opponents during last week’s match at home. Emma had 16 points and 18 rebounds against the Generals. ME took the win, 44-28. At press time the Hornets are 3-3 for the season. More photos at https://www.facebook.co…

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In the average year, co-op teams tend to need a bit more time to work on team chemistry and simply getting to know one another. This can range from team-building activities off the ice to bonding time during off-hours practicesmaking that extra time taken crucial in helping to form a cohesive unit out of athletes hailing from multiple communities. 

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Eight sneakers in the air as the Manchester Essex Regional High School Hornets battle the Triton Vikings for a rebound in their recent home game. The game went down to the wire and ME got the W 50-48 in the last seconds of the match. 

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ME Hornet Sylvie Oldeman breaks free to go to the basket for a pass in a match at home on Friday, Jan 15th against a very powerful Pentucket team. Even after being held to 5 points in the first quarter, the Hornets chipped away and at the final horn had scored a respectable 30 points. The La…

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After weeks of planning, strategizing and obtaining approval and guidance from multiple governing bodies, the winter season kicked off for Manchester Essex High School teams last week, giving athletes participating in sports like basketball, skiing, swimming and skiing the opportunity to com…