Thornton Academy is a member of the Southwestern Maine Activities Association (SMAA) and participates in Class A athletics. To view events, visit the Teams and Schedules page or go the Athletics Calendar.
Director of Athletics: Gary Stevens
(Photo: John Ewing, Portland Press Herald)
The Thornton Academy girls basketball team won the Western Maine Class A championship game against reigning champ McAuley 41-31 on Saturday, February 21 to advance to the state final vs. Lawrence. It is the first time in school history that the girls basketball team has achieved such a feat! Although TA fell to Lawrence in the state championship game 50-43, we are proud of all their accomplishments this season.
You can watch the game against McAuley by visiting TATV's YouTube channel:
The Portland Press Herald has provided extensive coverage of this season for the team. Click on the links below for articles, photos, and videos.
Victoria Lux scored 17 points and Kaitlyn McCrum added 11, including five free throws in the final minute, to pace the Thornton Academy offensive attack. Both Victoria and Kaitlyn were named earlier in the day as semifinalists for the prestigious Miss Maine Basketball Award and will represent Thornton Academy and Western Maine Classes A and B in the McDonald's All-Star Game on March 14 at Husson University in Bangor.
Advance sale tickets for the Western Maine Class A championship game can be purchased at the Cross Insurance Arena box office.
The Thornton Academy boys swimming team finished an excellent season with an 8th place finish in the Class A state championships held at Bowdoin College on Wednesday. Chris Steward broke his own school records in the 100 Yard Butterfly and 100 Yard Backstroke races. Chris's time of 55.53 seconds earned him a fifth place finish in the butterfly event, and he capped off the day with a 3rd place finish in the backstroke race with a time of 57.39 seconds. The Golden Trojans were 8-0 during the regular season.
It was a busy President's Day for Thornton Academy athletics with state championships being handed out in indoor track and girls basketball playoffs taking place at the Portland Expo. Here's a breakdown of all the action!
Indoor Track and Field
The Girls Track team scored 53 points which was enough to crown them as Class A state champions. Senior Tori Daigle earned three individual state championships (55 hurdles, LJ, TJ) and broke her own state record in long jump with 18'2".
Samantha Curran also won an individual state championship in the shot put with a throw of 38' 3/4".
It's the second consecutive indoor track state title and the third state title for Coach Lisa Huntress.
The Boys Track scored 28 points, good for 7th place. Derek Boissonnault placed second in the 55 dash and Dylan Smith scored a second place finish in the Long Jump.
The #2 Thornton Academy girls basketball team beat Scarborough, 43-27, at the Portland Expo for its first berth in the Western Maine Class A semifinals since 1985. That year the #1 Golden Trojans under Dick Agreste beat #8 Biddeford in QF 45-41 and #4 Brunswick 61-46 in semis before falling to #2 Portland 64-40 in the championship game. This year, TA trailed by a point at halftime but 11 second half points by junior Ashley Howe pushed the Trojans to victory.
Next up for the girls basketball team is a matchup with #3 Gorham in the Western Maine Class A semifinals. The game will be held on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Cross Insurance Center in Portland.
The winter season has sure felt like winter! With several snow days and weather related cancelations, it's easy to forget how quickly the sports season goes. As some teams finish up the regular season and put their eyes on the playoffs, some exciting things have been happening in TA athletics.
- Congratulations to the Thornton Academy boys swimming team, which recently completed its regular season at 8-0. The program's last undefeated season was 1998-1999 (9-0), also under current Coach Kathy Leahy.
- Congratulations to TA swimmer Anouk Schmidt, who established a new school record in the 200 yard freestyle relay on Saturday, January 31 with a time of 2:21.34.
- On Wednesday, February 4, Thornton Academy seniors Kevin Barrett and Tori Daigle committed to playing college athletics as part of the National Signing Day. Barrett signed a Likely Letter to attend Dartmouth College, where he will play football pending final admission to the school. Daigle signed a letter of intent and will attend Merrimack College, where she will play soccer and participate in track and field.
- In some fall athletics news, the following student-athletes have been recognized by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association as members of its All-Academic Squad: Jenna Clum-Russell, Karaghan Curran, Francesca Petrucci, Elizabeth Provencher, Dorina Sirois.
- On January 24th, senior football player Ben Zuke was honored as a Frank J. Gaziano Award Offensive Lineman of the Year finalist. Zuke was part of a banquet in Augusta which recognizes the best offensive and defensive linemen in the state of Maine
From Chris Tabor, Head of the Hockey Boosters:
The Thornton Academy hockey community would like to thank Shaw’s Supermarket in Saco for their generous donation of $500 in support of the Thornton Academy hockey program.
The donation was made in conjunction with a promotion that is being sponsored by Kraft Foods titled Kraft Hockeyville. Kraft Hockeyville is looking for America’s most passionate hockey community. The winning community will walk away with the title of Kraft Hockeyville, and host a 2015-2016 NHL® Pre-Season Game in their community broadcast live from NBCSN, plus $150,000 towards upgrading their local arena courtesy of Kraft. Additional information about the promotion can be found by visiting their webpage at www.krafthockeyville.com.
Shaw’s Supermarkets has decided that in concurrence with the Kraft promotion they will award $500 from each store to a local hockey program. We are fortunate that Shaw’s in Saco has chosen to support high school hockey at Thornton Academy.
I have included a photo representing the presentation of the donation to the Thornton Academy hockey program. Representing Shaw’s in Saco are (center, left-to-right) is Jim Costa - Assistant Store Director; Rachael Fitzgerald - Customer Service Manager and Bryan Goodrich - Store Director.
A special thank you as well to Coach Mike Roux, JV Head Coach and Varsity Assistant Coach who is also an employee of Shaw’s in Saco (pictured far left).