The newest sport at Thornton Academy is perhaps its most special. Unified Basketball pairs athletes (students with disabilities) with partners (students from the rest of the student body). Together they make a team, both on and off the court.
Seventh grader Eli Pendergrass’s favorite memory of his recent trip to South Korea was skating onto the ice wearing a jersey for the United States. Pendergrass played for a US National Youth hockey team in the Goyang U-12 International Hockey Tournament in Seoul, South Korea from January 19-21, 2018.
On February 8, the Thornton Academy Girls’ Basketball program will host their third annual Hoops for Hope Charity event at Linnell Gymnasium.
The TA cross country team has loved this season. Cool, crisp fall days are perfect for running. Coached by Tom Quentin '10, both the girls and boys teams have had successful seasons and bonded together through their love of running.
SACO - By all measures, the 2017 edition of the Thornton Academy Boys Soccer team has had a successful year. Last June 12 senior boys graduated and left the program with some pretty large shoes to fill. On Saturday, October 21, the boys from TA did just that as they took to the pitch at Hill Stadium and won their first-round playoff game, 1-0, defeating the Marshwood Hawks, improving their overall record to 9-5-1.
As the newest sport on campus, one might expect low participation on the volleyball team. In fact, the opposite is true, and TA's program is the largest in Maine with 64 players spread across four teams. Head coach Corey Huot '08 is in his second year of leading this fast-growing sport for the Trojans. Looking to improve on a development year this year, the team is currently 6-6 and is confident about chances for victories in the playoffs.
Coach Corey Huot '08 motivates his team between sets during a tournament.
Thornton Academy Head Girls' Soccer coach Natalie Sharland '03 lights up with joy when she begins talking about the sport she loves and her hopes and plans for the program going forward. A former collegiate player and captain at the University of Maine, Sharland is in her first year as head coach. Despite a disappointing start to the season, the team is hopeful for a strong finish and a spot in the playoffs.
“T-H-O-R-N-T-O-N.” The rallying cry shouted by every student that has ventured through the halls of our local high school institution.
The Thornton Academy Golf Team has a tradition of excellence. With five State Championships in the team's history, most recently in 2015, the 2017 team is primed and ready to compete as well. The team is led by captain Jordan Laplume, who has played in the Varsity top 5 her entire career of TA golf. Coach Jeff Camire '91 is an alum of both Thornton Academy and the TA Golf program. With his focus on mental strength, the leadership of captain Laplume, and experienced and talented players, this year's team is ready to compete for yet another state championship.
Thornton Academy Athletics in the recent past have been decorated with state championship rings, championship finalists, and dozens of playoff spots. Athletes are consistently featured in the press for their achievements and as individuals to “watch”. This week we sat down with Coach Lori Roth Smith ’88 and Taylor Ouellette ’18 to learn more about the inner-workings of Thornton’s Girls Varsity Field Hockey team.