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TENNIS: Jovanovic is an ace



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.


Lacrosse Players Accept Fundraising Challenge & Build a Stronger Team

Responding to a challenge from Granite Telecommunications CEO Rob Hale, 14 members of Thayer's boys' lacrosse team sacrificed their comfortably chic coiffures for a rougher, tougher buzz cut. With a pledge to donate $1,000 per shaved head to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Mr. Hale inspired the team to show solidarity in their support for cancer research.

This effort by Thayer's lacrosse team was an extension of the Granite Telecommunications annual fundraising drive. This spring, Governor Charlie Baker joined Rob Hale and 500+ Granite employees in generously offering up their hair to earn $1,000 each for Dana Farber. The Thayer connection came through team member Chris Broderick who got involved because of his friendship with Trevor and Tommy Hale.

"Since I am close to the Hale family, I see Mr. Hale's generosity every day," said Chris Broderick. "This time, other people got to see just how giving Mr. Hale is. The reaction when I asked the team if anyone wanted to do this with me was an overwhelming yes. I think this is because there is no better way to spend $1,000, but we don't all have the money to give. Mr. Hale is one of the few people I know who realizes he is in a position to donate like he does and takes full advantage of it. He also does it in a manner that makes others feel as though they've helped out. With the $1,000 dollar haircut, Mr. Hale gave us an opportunity we would normally never have."

Shown in the photo above, with an enlarged copy of Rob Hale's check to Dana Farber are (l-r) Sam Knollmeyer '16, Graham Schwandt '16 Brendan Carroll '16, Brendan Lee '17, Chris Broderick '16, Jeff Carlson '16, Will Gerlin '15, Dillon Ratti '15, Ryan Pfeffer '15, Colin Walker '16 & Coach Stew Curran. The haircuts were offered free of charge by Henry Rich, owner of Rocco & Sons Barber Shop in Quincy. In the course of making this symbolic gesture, the athletes lost their hair, but gained so much more in return: a stronger team identity, a heightened sense of morale, and the kind of positive energy that comes from participating in an act of kindness.

In 2002, Rob Hale and his father Bob, having identified a niche market for landlines in a world dominated by wireless and mobile devices, started Granite Telecommunications. In what was then perceived as a dying market, Rob Hale built a company that has grown to $1 billion in annual sales. Rob Hale's company cares about philanthropy and is categorized among the top most charitable companies in the state of Massachusetts, making a regular practice of raising money for such organizations as the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Children's Hospital, the South Shore YMCA, Alzheimer's Associations, ALS Research, the Animal Rescue League of Boston, Autism Speaks, the N.E. Wildlife Center, and the Boston Scholar Athlete Program.

Read more about the Granite Telecommunications Saving by Shaving campaign»

Check out an article featured on Enterprise News about hockey coach Steve Greeley leading the Boston University Terriers to NCAA tournament play this season.


Boys' Varsity Hockey Team in N.E. Tournament Semis

Large-School New England Tournament

In the quarter-final round of a one-game elimination tournament, Thayer, seeded #8 seed in the Large School New England Hockey Tournament, beat #1 seed Brunswick School 5-4 in an overtime victory on Wednesday, March 4 at Avon Old Farms School in Connecticut. 

Thayer will play in the semi-final round against Belmont Hill at Belmont Hill at 1 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, March 7. The finals will be held on Sunday, March 8. (Time and place TBA)

Congratulations to the boys' varsity hockey team for their third consecutive invitation into the Large School New England Hockey Tournament and their 4th Valicenti Cup victory in the last 5 years! The team enters the 2014-2015 post-season playoffs with a regular-season record of 14-11-3.

Valicenti Cup

Thayer won the Valicenti Cup game against perennial opponent St. Sebastian's School, 4-1. Representatives from each Upper School class contributed goals: #25 Aidan McDonough '18, #18 Casey Carreau '17, #19 Monty Graham '16, and #9 Lincoln Griffin '15. Lincoln Griffin also won the Robert H. Ferriter ’73  award for the Valicenti cup game MVP.

Shown at left, Matt Collins '89 with his parents Annalee & Tom Collins P '89, '91

Matt Collins '89 recognized in The Boston Globe

on Sunday, February 22, 2015

Read the Globe article»

Each year at Reunion, Thayer Academy honors a few athletes who have excelled while at Thayer and after graduating. In 2014, Matt Collins was one of seven athletes who joined the ranks of Thayer's Hall of Famers. Matt is currently an assistant coach for the boys' varsity hockey team, working with head coach and former Thayer teammate Tony Amonte '89.

As a student at Thayer, Matt was class president, a member of the judiciary board, and he played on the soccer, hockey, and lacrosse teams.

Senior members of the varsity field hockey team Hana Ferrari, Setenay Mufti and Mollie White have left thier mark both in the classroom and on the athletic field.  All three student-athletes were honored by the National Field Hockey Coaches Assocaion as members of the 2014 Keith Waldman - Optimal Performance Associates/NFHCA High School National Academic Squad - an award which recognizes seniors with high academic achievement while playing a varsity sport.  Click the link below to see the official 2014 roster.







2015 Girls' Varsity Basketball Team 2015 Boys' Varsity Basketball Team
On Monday, January 19, 2015, basketball teams from eight independent schools competed in an all-day event that doubled as a fundraiser for the Arc of Massachusetts. Arc is a local organization that fosters respect and access for people with disabilities, empowering them to achieve a full and satisfying life. The tournament was called Hoop Mountain & The Arc of Mass. Holiday Challenge.
# 21 Gabby Whittle, #10 Alyssa Silva #32 Tom Kotopoulos, #23 Jordan Mello-Klein
For many of the basketball players, it was kind of a dream come true. Boys’ Varsity Coach Kevin Cedrone said “The team truly appreciated the backing of the Thayer administration and community in order to get the opportunity to play a game at the Garden. It was the experience of a lifetime for the kids, families, and coaching staff to be playing on the Garden floor! Just a special, special day for the kids and the program.”
#34 Brendan Muldoon, Ryan Finneran (#15) Enthusiastic Thayer Fans
Thayer’s boys’ and girls’ hockey teams have played at Fenway Park in the Frozen Fenway Tournament, and now the basketball teams have had the chance to play on the parquet floor at the Garden, where, for years, fans have watched legendary players like Paul Pierce, Larry Bird, and Bill Russell lead the Celtics to many championships.
< style="text-align: center;">#31 BenMackley Bossuet #23 Abby Osmanski
Monday’s Holiday Challenge featured 8 independent school matchups: 1. Pingree vs. Lexington Christian Academy (Boys); 2. Pingree vs. Buckingtham Browne & Nichols (Girls); 3. Belmont Hill vs. Buckingham Browne & Nichols (Boys); 4. Thayer vs. Providence Country Day (Boys); 5. Rivers vs. Noble and Greenough (Girls); 6. Rivers vs. Brooks (Boys); 7. Thayer vs. Lawrence (Girls); 8. Lawrence vs. Cheshire (Boys)
#33 Co-Captain Madeline Dickson
(l-r) Assistant Coach Brandon Odom's '04 nephew Shyheim Odom, one of Thayer's youngest fans, Brandon Odom, Jr & Brandon's father Ronald Odom

Read a Patriot Ledger article about Holiday Challenge, written by Thayer alum Bailey Putnam '13»

View more photos from the girls' game»

View more photos from the boys' game»

Standout swimmer Sam Rice '15 has formally announced his verbal committment to the University of Tennessee!!  Read the article below to find out more about his committment!


At left, Dennis Wilson, coach of the boys' varsity basketball team at Madison Park Vocational High School in Roxbury, Massachusetts - the coach and his team are the subject of Rudy Hypolite's documentary: PUSH: MADISON V. MADISON.
Rudy Hypolite and Dennis Wilson, both raised in Roxbury, Mass., both instrumental in the making of the documentary film Push: Madison v Madison, will speak to Thayer Middle School students at their annual Martin Luther King Breakfast on January 16th. Mr. Hypolite is the director of the film, which is about the basketball team at Roxbury's Madison Park Vocational High School, and Mr. Wilson is the coach featured in the story.
Rudy Hypolite holds a degree from Boston University’s Television and Film Program. He has worked at Cambridge Community Television, WFNX-FM Radio, and for the USA Network’s television series The Big Easy. Currently, he manages Harvard University’s Science Center Media and Technology Services. Mr. Hypolite does all facets of movie production: directing, producing, videography, editing, and more. His resume includes awards from the American Film Institute (AFI) in the categories of short narrative film and feature-length documentary. While his education and employment history testify to his mastery of filmmaking techniques, it is by seeing his work that you will understand his true talent.
Dennis Wilson worked in the Boston Public School system for thirty years, teaching history, serving as dean of discipline, and coaching basketball. He was named Massachusetts Division I Coach of the Year three times. He has hosted and co-produced his own cable television sports show, and is the co-founder of the highly successful Boston Raider Youth and Cheerleaders Program, an organization with a strong positive impact on at-risk youth.
The project Hypolite and Wilson collaborated on, Push: Madison vs. Madison, documents one season in the life of Madison Park's high school basketball team. The film documents the school’s devotion to the sport, the coach’s commitment to his players, and the challenges of everyday life in the city. After a 19-0 season, as they are about to play in the state tournament, the players, their families, and their friends must overcome obstacles from poverty to academics and from neighborhood rivalries to city-wide tragedies – dramatically testing the team’s mantra: “The only team that can beat Madison, is Madison." Watch the trailer for Push: Madison vs. Madison»

The atmosphere surround athletics is changing -- check out this thought-provoking article for tips to support and grow with your children through thier athletic journey!


Melissa Piacentini, a graduate of Thayer's class of 2012, and known for her talents on the ice proves to be a true student-athelte.  Her work in the classroom has earned her the honor of being named one of the school's two Scholar Athletes of the Week.  Piacentini is currently the leading goal-scorer for Syracuse.  Click the link below to read more about Melissa's success!


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