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The high school winter season begins in early December, slows down a bit around the holidays, then comes back in full force in January.  Let’s check in with some of the local squads to see how things are going with the winter-season teams at Manchester Essex.

Winter Festival Results

A new season is upon us.  Here are some of the highlights of our meet called the Winter Festival held at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston on December 10.

Winter sports season is wildly popular.  Sports such as basketball, hockey, swimming, and track and field attract talented student-athletes each winter, making the season one of the most fun times of year for kids, their families and their classmates.

The Manchester Essex boys’ basketball team has the opportunity to make the encore performance even more memorable than the first. For most high school teams, the Hornets’ 2021-22 season would be a tough one to top: The boys basketball team went 18-4 overall and reached the Elite Eight in the Div. 4 tournament last winter.

The Manchester Essex Regional High School Athletic Department held our annual Fall Athletic Awards Night on Wednesday, November 30.  

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If this is how the 2022-23 winter season is going to go for the Manchester Essex indoor track teams, then this promises to be a memorable season for both Hornets squads.  Members of the boys’ team set school records and the girls’ team saw some personal bests in the season-opening Winter Festival held at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston on December 10.

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Cross Country

ME Cross Country teams competed in some tough conditions Sunday in the rain and cold on a hilly course in Gardner.  The girls placed 7th with 164 points to advance to the All-State meet. 

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You had to be there.  ME Hornets Field Hockey met a strong Cohasset team in the MIAA Final Four match in Watertown, Tuesday night.  The Hornets were down 1-0 with eight seconds to play when a combination of incredible moves changed the game.  After no scoring by either team during double overtime, the game was sent to a shootout where Caelie Patrick beat the Cohasset goalie to send the Hornets to the State Finals with a 2-1 win.  The State Final will be played on Saturday against Uxbridge, location TBA. 

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The Manchester Essex field hockey team was slated to face Cohasset on November 15 at Watertown High School (7 p.m.) in the Div. 4 Final Four.  A win on Tuesday would propel the Hornets to the state final and a chance to earn the top spot overall in their division.

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Girls Soccer

After a full week of preparation Manchester Essex faced Tyngsborough in the first round of playoffs on Saturday.  The Hornets started the game strong and probably should have put the game to bed in the opening 20 minutes.  They dominated possession and created chance after chance.  Finally, they took one when a long ball was flicked towards the goal by Libby Lawler. 

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Manchester Essex XC teams competed in the League meet at Wrentham on Saturday. 

The girls' team placed 4th behind Newburyport, Pentucket and Triton (all large schools).  Although only the top 15 runners win League All Star status, our first four girls did great with Sabine Cooper placing 16th, Lassen Ando 18th, Whitney Turner 19th and Stella Straub 20th.  Caroline MacKinnon was our 5th scorer in 39th place.

What a difference a year makes. In 2021, the Manchester Essex golf team won just one match and struggled with inconsistency and inexperience. In 2022, the Hornets started the season 1-6, but turned things around after that point to go on an 8-2 run to finish the regular season and qualify for that MIAA Div. 3 North Tournament at Black Swan Country Club in Georgetown.

The Manchester Club met for its October meeting last Thursday at the Legion Hall.  The “Scott Boys” (Taylor, Adam, and Dad, Bill) and their kitchen crew served a delicious meal to the members and their guests of Chicken Cordon Bleu over a bed of rice pilaf with mixed vegetable and Klondike bars for dessert.