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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.

 

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!

http://swimswam.com/open-water-swimmer-sam-rice-verbally-commits-tennessee/

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!

http://changingthegameproject.com/the-tipping-point-in-youth-sports

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!

http://cuse.com/news/2015/1/5/academics_0105155320.aspx?path=academics


Seniors Carly and Meg  Nolen (Bucknell '18) and fellow classmate Ivy Arlia (Northwestern '18) sign thier National Letters of Intent to persue lacrosse at the Division I level next year.  

On Sunday, Nov 9, Thayer’s Varsity Girls’ XC Team finished 1st of the 15 teams who competed for the New England title. “It was a great race,” said Coach Jeff Browne. “Thayer had to upset the #1 seed, Tabor Academy, to win it, and our runners did that by running their best race ever, reaching their peak performance, right on schedule – at the championship meets.”

The team’s goals in this season were to finish in the top 3 for the ISL meet – they finished 2nd; and in the top 3 for the New England meet – they finished 1st.”

Coach Browne said, "to win the NE meet, the girls had to run a smart, tactical race."

(Wait. Smart? Tactical? What’s smart got to do with it? You just run like your pants are on fire, right?)

He explained, "We prepare for each meet with a race plan based on what we know about the runners we’re about to face."

Here’s a summary of how the team ran in the NE championship race:

Sarah Power ’17, the team’s fearless front-runner in meets, played a vital role. She started out with the fastest runners, and set the pace for the rest of the team. There are 7 runners who make up a varsity XC team, and for this race, the other 6 ran close together in a pack, following Sarah. For the first mile and a half, they ran at a pre-determined race pace, which kept them behind 20 other runners. Trying not to run too fast too soon is an exercise in self-control for these girls because all 7 of them are trained for speed. At the beginning of the 3rd mile, they turned on that speed, and started passing runners. The strategy worked, as 5 Thayer runners placed in the top 20 of 105 total runners. This sealed the victory.

Thayer’s top 5 runners earned All-New England status and an invitation to the NEPSTA (New England Prep School Track & Field Association) All-Star Meet where they will compete with the top 20 from each of the 4 divisions. The All-Star meet will be held next Saturday, November 12, @ 2:30pm at St. Mark’s School in Southborough.

Thayer's Varsity Team & How They Placed in the NE Championship

 Place

Athlete

Place

Class Year

1

Katherine Stanwood

6th

Freshman

2

Cassie Kearney

7th

Freshman

3

Abby Osmanski

12th

Sophomore

4

Sarah Power

18th

Sophomore

5

Annie Huycke

19th

Freshman

6

Maren Mellen

22nd

Junior

7

Emma Casey

35th

Sophomore


The Top 5 of the 15 Teams Competing

(Note: In a cross-country race, the lowest score wins.)

Place

School

# of Points Scored

1

Thayer

57

2

Tabor

70

3

Winsor

118

4

Governor’s

132

5

Hopkins

155


The Girls’ JV XC Team Finishes 3rd in the NE JV Meet

Last year, the JV team placed 8th in the NE JV race. This year, coached by Brittany Reardon ’10, they moved up from 8th to 3rd. Special congratulations go out to freshman Kendall McConnaughey who won the JV championship race, coming in first of the 121 runners.

Rounding out the top 7 on Thayer’s JV team were…

 Place

Athlete

Place

Class Year

1

Kendall McConnaughey

1st

Freshman

2

Tri-Captain Sydney Packard

11th

Senior

3

Maggie Astley

27th

Freshman

4

Lindsey Quinlisk

29th

Sophomore

5

Tri-Captain Olivia Mavromates

31st

Senior

6

Abbie McLean

36th

Junior

7

Michelle Quinlisk

38th

Junior

The JV Field Hockey team started off the fall season strong with over 25 girls coming out for the team, including 3 goalies.  You never really know how well players will mesh together as a team until seeing them play as a unit in the team's first game.  The first opponent was Tabor, who the team beat handily, 5-0.  As the season progressed, it became increasingly apparent that the girls were a really strong second half team which kept the goalies were pretty well-protected!  At Lawrence the team faced a tough opponent and playing coniditions considering the team plays the bulk of their practices and home games on field turf.  The performance was not the team's strongest by far, but the team proved they had the talent and grit to pull out yet another win and shut-out!  The team's biggest challenge came when they traveled to Southborough on a Wednesday to face a historically well-skilled St. Mark's.  Thayer was able to spark some early energy by scoring in the first half and rally the defense in the second half to clentch the win, 1-0.  

While this group of girls has obvious talent, they became a team by working together and persevering with a lot of determination and relentlessness! Whether an underclassman, an upperclassman, or a coach; the excitement for this undefeated, un-scored upon 10-0-1 title was felt by each member of this squad! 

Yesterday's middle school field hockey contest at Park School was a specail day in history for the game of field hockey!  Peg DeMeritt ended her 65-year participation in the game of field hockey as a player, coach or official.  Click the link below to read more about the celebration of Peg's career and the exciting match up between Thayer and Park's field hockey teams.

 

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/regionals/west/2014/11/01/belmont-peg-demeritt-still-working-field-official/7sm81GOWn0NXC6ybfBcHhO/story.html

Katherine McManus, a Thayer graduate of the class of 2012 currently plays lacrosse at the University of Notre Dame where she has found happiness through school, sport and most importantly a special relationship with 6-year old Bobby Russell.  Click on the article below to learn more about Katherine and Bobby's story. 

http://www.wndu.com/home/headlines/ND-Womens-lacrosse-player-has-special-relationship-with--281256341.html

 

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