Thayer Athletics in the News
Thayer Academy student excels on court and classroom
PHOTO/ PHOTO COURTESY OF CAMERAWORK, USA
Sasa Jovanovic is a rising star in junior tennis circles.
Weymouth’s Sasa Jovanovic dropped both matches in the New Balance High School Championships last week at Harvard University’s court in Allston, but she gained valuable experience playing against the top juniors in the world.
Sasha Harcie of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., edged Jovanovic in the opening round, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3; and Molly Paradies of Atlanta, Ga., ousted the Weymouth player in the consolation round, 6-2, 6-3, but they are many more tournaments ahead for the young and talented Jovanovic.
During the spring, she had an outstanding season for Thayer Academy, playing her way to the coveted No. 1 singles spot and. Jovanovic went 11-1 during the season. It earned her a berth on the Patriot-Ledger All-Scholastic squad.
The loss was Jovanovic’s first loss in two years at Thayer. Milton Academy’s Maddie Dewire of Hingham, whom she beat as freshman, was the victor in their rematch.
But tennis is more than just a one-season sport. You must play 12 months a year to become a rising star and Jovanovic certainly is considered a promising junior.
Jovanovic is ranked ninth in New England among rising juniors by tennisrecruiting.net and 11th in USTA New England girls’ 16 singles.
In the classroom she is as talented as on the tennis court. Jovanovic is a high-honors student and a member of several school clubs, including the Model UN, TA Trends (a fashion club), the debate club and jazz combo.
The New Balance event is in high school tennis, which is way they sponsor the event.
“New Balance believes the high school tennis player will be a tennis player for life, and we are proud to recognize the commitment these athletes have to the game,” said Bruce Schilling, General Manager of Tennis for New Balance. “We are also excited to build relationships with the high school state athletic associations through this new and exciting event and work with them to develop ongoing programs and services for individual players and coaches.”
As for the New Balance tourney, in the final match for the Boys’ Division, Matt Kuhar of Smithfield, R.I., beat Matt Cancilla of Huntington Beach, Calif. In the final match for the Girls’ Division, Madison Clarke of Phoenix, defeated Jenna Moustafa of Los Angeles, Calif.
Each earned a bonus for their victories.
They were awarded wildcard spots in an International Tennis Federation (ITF) junior event held in the U.S. prior to the 2014 US Open Junior Championships.
Thayer's Legendary Un-Un-Un Football Team (1964) finished with a season record that has yet to be matched in the state of Massachusetts. (Pictured here: Coach Arthur Valicenti' 51 P '75 '75 '77 '10 '14 '14 and Frank Badger '67)
In 1964, Thayer’s football team was un-defeated, un-tied, and un-scored upon. This fall marks the 50th anniversary of that storied season. The team was inducted into Thayer's Sports Hall of Fame in in 1995, and on Friday, September 12, they were honored at the New England Patriots' Hall of Fame, in a ceremony attended by former members of the team and coaches from that era. Read the Patriot Ledger article about the celebration in The Hall at Patriot Place »
First Row A. Denly, R. Cheney, J. Hayes, R. Wagner, B. Thayer, E. McNeil, R. Walters, B. Cavanagh, D. Johnson, G. Bone, M. Potsaid, M. Georges. Second Row Mr. Benelli, Mr. Litchfield, F. Thompson, W. Pierce, D. Condon, A. Rando,W. McGrath, T. Flaman, P. O'Brien, D. Swan, Mr. Valicenti, Mr. Driscoll. Third Row L. Beal, B. McLeod, B. Gallagher, T. Likos, G. Crowell, J. Heller, F. Badger, R. Whitney, R. Pope, P. Oldfield Fourth Row A. Goodwin, M. Dushman, M. Potsaid, B. Brougham, M. Correia, R. Leatherbee, W. Wagner, R. Marquis, R. Frankel, J. SanClement
It was a season for the record books, and the story is best told by the editors of the 1965 edition of The Black & Orange:
This past year concluded the most successful season in the history of our school. It was definitely a team effort as the team displayed rugged determination, unity, good sportsmanship, and, most important, individual pride in achieving its “un-un-un” goal. The scoring was well distributed, with "Magilla Gorilla" Georges, "Jigger" Johnson, and Co-captain Bob Walters leading the way. Through the airways, Bob Gallagher passed frequently to Bill Cavanagh and Greg Bone, his all-prep ends, in accomplishing a 50% completion average. Offensive team highlights were a total of 2,204 yards rushing for the year, and 272 points scored, an average of 34 points a game.
Of course, the big thing was the "nothing" registered by other teams against our great defense, led by "Ripper Mature'', "Little Mature" Hayes, and Co-Captain Willy "Lump Lump".' Their efforts also resulted in seven blocked kicks, four safeties, and only one team gaining more than 1OO yards rushing, that being Thompson. Also, the offensive line did an outstanding job in blocking for our backs.
Although twelve of the fourteen seniors were starters, next year's captains-elect Bob Gallagher and Dave Condon hope to lead their team to another successful season. Incidentally, Mike Georges, Greg, and Billy were all-prep selections, a fact which, along with seven or eight honorable mentions, made us the most highly-rated, in terms of quantity and quality, of any prep-school team in Massachusetts.
Stew Curran, head coach of the ISL's 2014 championship boys' lacrosse team earned himself a spot in his alma mater's Hall of Fame. Plymouth State University announced on August 27th that Coach Curran would join his fellow iconic alumni to be celebrated as an accomplished student-athlete. To read on, click the link below.
Kelcie Finn, a graduate of the class of 2013 is making an impact on Trinity Field Hockey this season. She's already made an impact during her short freshman season leading the league in points tallied as an attacker. Congrats Kelcie!
Ivy Arlia earned All-League honors to end her junior season at Thayer in addition to being team captain, team MVP and Patiriot Ledger All-Scholastic. Over the summer, she was selected to play in the Under-Armour All-America lacrosse game, she was added to Inside Lacrosse's feature on the game as a player to watch. Lastly, Ivy was named to US Lacrosse's 2014 All-American team. Congrats Ivy!
Rising senior Jake Ratti played for the Massachusetts championship team in the New England Amateur Junior Invitational golf tournament at Ledgmenont Country Club in Seekonk last week. Click the article to read on about Jake's accomplishments.
Bryn Boucher, a sophomore lacrosse player at the University of Maryland experienced history on Sunday as her team won Maryland it's twelfth National Championship in program history. The Maryland Terps faced a tough Syracuse team who got a slow start to the game but stayed patient on attack and kept the game interesting. Ultimately, the Terps were able to hold a 3-goal lead ending the game 15-12 in Maryland's favor. Congrats, Bryn!
Check out the article below that ranks Thayer as the state's strongest lacrosse team. Check out the highlight reel from the Thayer vs. Nobles game (April 9, 2014).
BostonLax Final Regular Season Statewide Poll
Congratulations to Rebecca McGovern '10, who has been named to the 2014 Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association All-America team! Rebecca also received All-Regional honors and was named NESCAC Player of the Week twice this season. Read more about her selection below.
Congrats to senior lacrosse standout Tyler Blaisdell who made the 2014 Under Armour All-American Team. Check out the full 2014 roster -- Tyler can be found under the Boys' North Team divison.
The spring of 2014 has brought much success to our spring teams here at Thayer Academy. At the varsity level, the combined ISL record of the baseball, softball, golf, tennis, lacrosse, and track teams is 86-33 thus far, giving the Tigers a .723 winning percentage!
The varsity baseball team is enjoying an outstanding season. The squad is currently 10-2 in ISL play (2nd place) and 12-4 overall. The Tigers have put up big numbers offensively, hitting .331 as a team. Leading the charge are Kyle Peterson (.486), Tom Clarkson (.426, 15 RBI), and Nick Falkson (.423, 18 RBI). In addition, Christopher DeGiacomo has been productive at the plate with 18 RBI. DeVon King has been an effective leadoff hitter, hitting .400 with a .491 OBP. Second baseman Casey Carreau has shown some power (four triples) and speed. Defensively, the Tigers have been stellar. Outfielders King, Clarkson, Peterson and Nic Panasci cover lots of ground, limiting opponents' chances. The infield of 3rd baseman Falkson, shortstop PJ McDonald, Carreau and DeGiacomo has played nearly flawlessly in support of the Tiger pitching staff. On the mound, Ryan Murray and Tom Clarkson (1.88 ERA) are both 3-1, and Nolan Murray is 1-0 with only 2 earned runs in 12 and 1/3 innings. Reliever Joe DiVico has given up just one earned run in 17 and 1/3 innings.
It has been a battle for the varsity softball team this year. The team is 4-6 in the ISL, 5-7 overall, and looking to improve with just 3 games remaining. The offense is dominated by Kathleen Fowkes, Maddie Dickson, and Chaislyn Burgio. Fowkes made history on May 8th by hitting the first ever out-of-the-park homerun at Thayer’s home field. The defense has had strong performances from Fowkes (catcher/ 1B), Dickson (shortstop), Burgio (centerfield), and Bridget McGrail (leftfield). Additionally, with senior pitcher Jess Saluti out injured, freshman Elizabeth Tangney has stepped up and has been superb in the pitcher’s circle.
The Thayer Golf team started the season with a great trip to Florida for some early season practice. They have a strong team with the addition of Mr. Rick Coan joining the coaching staff with veterans Coach Gibson and Coach Flynn. The team suffered a little due to injury and outside conflicts in the beginning of the season, but was able to rally together and has had an excellent season. They are looking forward to a strong showing in the end of the year Kingman tournament.
After a slow start and tough schedule in the first half of the season, the girls’ tennis team has a solid 8-3 record heading into the home stretch, with 2 matches left and the hopefulness of capturing 3rd place in the ISL. Sasa Jovanovic, last year’s league MVP, has had a solid season, only losing one match. Senior Caroline Finnegan, who will be playing at Skidmore College next year, has lost only one set in her strong season. The girls have a young and promising team and look forward to the seasons that come.
The girls' lacrosse team has had a lot of success on the athletic field this spring. The team's 10-3 (8-2 ISL) record has been earned by a group of 21 gritty players who compete tirelessly at practice every day. The attack is led by senior Shannon McGowan and junior Carlyn Nolen who have organized the team's high-paced level of play. Their strong mid-field is made up of 3 power houses: senior Madison Barker and juniors Ivy Arlia and Meg Nolen. Madison's specialty is winning the draw, and that in combination with Ivy and Meg's speed and endurance has made our team a force to be reckoned with. The defense is made up by seniors Mikayla McGrath, Gigi Packard and Daintry Calnan, junior Jenny Parent, and sophomores Calley Sullivan and Colby Hoffman. The defense's lead-by-example philosophy and hard work have allowed them to groom strong upcoming players to sustain the future of our program. The senior and junior classes have had a big impact on the program as five upperclassmen will pursue lacrosse at the Division I level. The girls are hoping to finish the season strong -- they play Governor's as their last home game this Saturday at 2:30.
The boys’ lacrosse team is forging ahead with only one loss and four ISL games to go. With a record of 12-1 in the ISL, the boys have put themselves in the running for ISL champions. The season has been highlighted by Harry Giarrusso, who recently broke the school record for single season scoring, which was set by brother and 2012 Thayer graduate, Tim Giarrusso. Harry, who will be attending Middlebury College, is one of three seniors that will be playing college lacrosse next year. The others are goalkeeper Tyler Blaisdell (Princeton) and Shane Rinkus (UMass Amherst). With 8 seniors graduating and the ISL title at stake, incentives are high and the boys hope to finish their season with a strong 15-1 record.
Most recently, the girls and boys track teams made their marks at the ISL Championships this past weekend at Belmont Hill. The boys won their third ISL title (their other titles were in 2001 and 2002). And the girls continued to dominate as they won their 15th straight ISL title. Individual winners for both teams contributed tremendously to the capturing of the ISL titles. These individual winners include the following students: Mary Goulding, Isabelle Dunne, Julia Barron (broke the ISL High Hurdle Record), Kayla Rorke, Jake Marcelino, Jordan Allen (broke the ISL 200m record), and James Ferrera. Also noted are the following relay team winners: girls’ 4x100 relay (Mary Goulding, Emily Barron, Isabelle Dunne, Camille Sery-Ble), girls’ 4x400 relay (Camille Sery-Ble, Isabelle Dunne, Abby Osmanski, Julia Barron), and boys’ 4x100 relay team who broke the Thayer school record (Sean O’Connor, James Ferrera, Alim Ibrahim, Jordan Allen). Congrats to the Thayer track team, MVP runners Julia Barron and Jordan Allen, and Coaches Award recipient Isabelle Dunne!
Also having outstanding seasons are the boys’ tennis team and the crew teams. The boys’ tennis teams is in hopes of finishing the season with a few more wins for retiring coach Peter Neely. The crew team is rowing hard for their graduating seniors, one of whom will be rowing at Holy Cross next year (Ryan Cyr).
With the season’s end right around the corner and just a few games to go, it looks like the tigers will be closing out a historical season and a few first place finishes. Congratulations to all of spring teams on an amazing season!