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
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).
On Saturday, Thornton Academy hosted the eighth annual City of Saco Challenge between TA Middle School and Saco Middle School. While Saco Middle School won the girls game, 22-17, and TA Middle School won the boys game, 41-32, the real takeaway was the money raised for the Hoops for Hayley fundraiser.
In 2008, Hayley Desjardins was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia. After many treatments she overcame the disease and was in remission until just a few months ago. We are starting a fundraising effort for Hayley and her family to help to defray some of the medical expenses associated with her treatment. Hayley and her family have been part of the Saco community for a very long time and she has been part of the TA Girls Basketball youth program since third grade.
Before the game Saturday, the TA Middle School teams presented a check for $500 to Hayley's father, Mike Desjardins. For more information about how you can help in the ongoing fundraiser, please visit www.gofundme.com/hoopsforhayley.
For more information, contact Ron Cote at: email@example.com
While most of the Thornton Academy community enjoyed a two week break from school, TA athletes and coaches were hard at work as practices and games continued throughout the time off. Here is a recap of the action during the break:
The boys basketball team had an up and down vacation period. After winning away at Sanford on December 19 by a score of 63-50, the boys lost at home to Portland on the 23rd, 59-51. The team rebounded for a win at home against Scarborough on January 2nd, scoring an impressive 80 points, but lost the next day at Bonny Eagle, 60-43. The boys have a double header coming up this Thursday and Friday.
Girls basketball kept rolling through its schedule during late December and early January. The Trojans went 4-0 over the break, with wins over Sanford, Portland, Marshwood and Scarborough. The games weren't very close either, with the average margin of victory being nearly 28 points per game. The team next faces off against McAuley away from home.
The ice hockey team didn't compete in any games over break but gets back into action tonight at 8 p.m. against Falmouth. The team has three games in a week as it plays Noble/Wells on Saturday and Cheverus next Tuesday. Come out and support the team!
The swimming team had just one meet during the break but it was a successful one. Leading the charge was the boys 400 free relay team who broke the school record with their efforts. There were also several members of the team who achieved state qualifying times: Julia Rowlett and Eli Steward, 200 free; Grace Pickering, Josh Roberts, Noah Whalen, 200 IM; Chris Steward, Jake Bennert, Joe Vail, 50 free; Lauren Bishop, diving; Grace Pickering and Josh Roberts, 100 fly; Chris Steward and Josh Roberts, 100 free; Julia Rowlett and Eli Steward, 500 free; Samantha Eaton, Nolan Eisenhaur and Jake Bennert, 100 back; Joe Vail, 100 breast. Congrats to all of the successful swimmers!
The indoor track teams were hard at work during the break with two team meets. The boys lost on December 20th but came back on January 3rd and beat Portland, Deering and Gorham with a score of 153. The girls track team also fell on the 20th but won the 3rd with a dominating score of 142. The teams have just two meets remaining before the Southwestern Championships on Saturday, February 7th.
Congrats to all of the teams on a successful break and good luck as we head down the stretch in the winter sports season!
With the fall sports season officially complete as the Thornton Academy football team lifted the 2014 Class A State Championship gold ball over their heads, the awards season began in earnest. Several TA athletes have been honored with different awards for their athletic and academic achievements for the fall season. Here is a list of the athletes making All-State from the Maine Sunday Telegram:
Rivai, a junior, was also named as the Maine Sunday Telegram Girls Golfer of the Year. Senior girls soccer player Tori Daigle was named Journal Tribune Girls Soccer Player of the Year. Other All-SMAA and academic team awards have been handed out over the past few weeks. Congratulations to all of the athletes recognized for their on-the-field and off-the-field achievements for the fall 2014 sports season!