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Past Award Winners

Athletic Hall of Fame Awards

1986 Championship Football Team
On November 15, 1986, at windswept Whittier Field on the Bowdoin College Campus, Thornton Academy reigned as king of Maine schoolboy football, capturing the Maine Class A State Championship with a 28-6 victory over Bangor High School. Fullback Bob Giroux, who went on to win the coveted James J. Fitzpatrick award, ripped the Bangor defense for 137 yards rushing and three touchdowns behind the offensive line of Craig Thibeau, Paul Tate, Rene Menard, Scott Sicard, Mike Goulet, and Mike Tarbox. TA’s defense stifled the Bangor attack and caused six turnovers. For Coach Dick Agreste and his team, the win capped a perfect 10-0 undefeated season, and earned Coach of the Year accolades for Coach Agreste.
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2010 - Bryce Roberts '58
Bryce Roberts was one of the rare four sport athletes during his days on the Thornton Academy campus.  On the baseball diamond, he was on the varsity squad for four years and was named to the All-Telegram team in 1956.  On the links, Bryce was runner-up in the Maine schoolboy golf championships his senior year. 
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2010 - Art Leveris '92
Art Leveris was a powerhouse fullback during his three years playing football at Thornton Academy.  A punishing runner, Art stands alone as the all-time leading scorer in TA football history.  His accolades are many and serve as proof of the widespread respect he garnered from coaches and the media both in Maine and throughout the country.
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2010 - Nichole Motil '95
Regardless of the event, Nichole Motil was the one to beat.  In her time at Thornton Academy, she set nine individual school records in indoor and outdoor track and she and her teammates set three other records in relay events.  Nichole won 18 individual state championships in various track events including the high jump, the triple jump, the 55 meter hurdles, the 100 meter hurdles and the 300 meter hurdles. 
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2010 - Robert Bowie, Football Coach
Thornton Academy has a rich history of outstanding coaches that have led their teams to successful campaigns and state championships.  Robert Bowie is part of that history. 
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2010 - Thomack Eck, Football Coach
Thomas Eck logged only four years on the sidelines of Thornton Academy’s gridiron, but during his tenure he established a legacy of success that is worthy of honor.  Eck attended Colgate University.  After playing three years of varsity football for the Red Raiders, he graduated in 1938. 
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2010 - Tom Winston, Radio Announcer
GREAT MOMENTS AWARD - An avid sportsman, Tom Winston was the radio voice of the Maroon and Gold throughout the 1960’s and occasionally since that time.  Many TA fans would listen in on radio station WIDE, 1400 on your dial, as Tom broadcast football and basketball games live from his perch in the booth on the 50 yard line or high above courtside.
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2011 - 1956 & 1957 Undefeated Field Hockey Teams
It did not take long after the initial competitive field hockey team was established at Thornton Academy in 1952 for the program to enjoy an abundance of success. The highlight of the first decade of TA field hockey was the back-to-back undefeated campaigns of 1956 and 1957. The teams were strong in their stick-play against all foes that they faced. The teams were so dominant, they did not give up even one goal during the two seasons. Though there was no playoff system at the time, the teams were clearly head and shoulders above their competition.
 
 
The teams were led by several players recognized for their efforts by being named league all-stars. These names included Carole Warren, Brenda Leach, Georgeanna Soucy, Lynne Cunningham, Rose Marie Arel, Donna Gallagher, Brenda Grace, Donna Shaffer, Sandra Miner and Doris Bergeron.
 


2011 - Great Moments Award - Paul S. Hill, Jr. Stadium
Thornton Academy boasts a long and storied athletic history that dates back to the 1890s when the first interscholastic sports teams began competing with other area schools in a variety of activities. In its rich tradition of athletic excellence, some of Thornton’s greatest performers and most memorable moments are linked with Dr. Paul S. Hill, Jr. Stadium, the school’s main outdoor competition venue. In operation since 1980, Hill Stadium has been home to the school’s football, soccer, field hockey, cross country, outdoor track and field, and lacrosse teams and is generally regarded as one of the top high school playing venues in southern Maine.

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2011 - Kenneth Luce, Class of 1939
Ken Luce was the leader of the line for the nearly unstoppable 1938 Thornton Academy football team. His strength, quickness and leadership abilities at the center position opened numerous running lanes for a team that has been described as a “scoring machine”. Along with Swede Anderson, a 2006 inductee into the Thornton Academy Athletic Hall of Fame, Luce stood out among his peers by being named to both the All-Conference and All-State teams.
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2011 - Leslie Couture Mourmouras, Class of 1986
Leslie Couture Mourmouras was a four-year, three-sport athlete at Thornton Academy. Leslie paced the field hockey team as a top scorer in her sophomore, junior and senior years. Her performance in field hockey earned her a spot on the All-Conference Team and honorable mention recognition on the All-State Team in her senior season.
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2011 - Richard Kerry, Class of 1959
Dick Kerry was a standout athlete at Thornton Academy in the late-1950s. On the gridiron, he was a four-year varsity team player. As a member of the conference champion TA squad his junior year, he led the entire state in points scored while landing on the Second-Team All-State Team. Dick followed his junior year with an impressive senior season and earned a spot on the First-Team All-State Team. He formed a nearly unstoppable offensive tandem with quarterback Dan Donovan, a 2009 inductee to the Thornton Academy Athletic Hall of Fame.
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2009 - Daniel Donovan '59
Donovan played four years of football, baseball and basketball during his tenure at Thornton Academy, but it is his excellence on the gridiron that stands out the most. He played quarterback on two very talented and successful teams and was one of the main cogs in the split-T offense.
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2009 - David Lane '69
At 5-foot-8 and 160 pounds, Lane likely did not strike fear into his opponents during pre-game warm-ups. That all changed, however, once the game started and he got the ball in his hands. Using his phenomenal speed and quickness, he dominated over the rest of the league. Lane often times had the option of either running or throwing the ball from the quarterback position, and opponents had a hard time stopping both.
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2009 - Bradley Leach '56
A three-sport standout at Thornton Academy in the 1950s, Leach participated in football, basketball, and baseball during an outstanding high school career. A talented running back and receiver, he led the Maroon and Gold to state championships in 1954 and 1955.
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2009 - Joseph Regina '43
Regina was a three-year starter and place kicker for what many consider to be the greatest span of football teams to ever play at Thornton Academy. Joe was a two-way lineman on these teams that carved out an impressive 23-4-1 record. He was named to the all-conference team in 1940, 1941, and 1942 and in 1942 was also selected to the All-Maine team.
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2009 - Joseph Vachon, Sr. '25
Vachon served as captain of the state championship gridiron team in 1924. His prowess, however, is most remembered as a fireball pitcher on the baseball diamond.
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2009 - Robert Warner, Jr. '72
Warner was a stalwart on the basketball court for Thornton Academy. Playing under the helm of Jeddy Newman, Warner became arguably the best hoopster in TA history.
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2008 - Fred Arno ‘45
Entering Thornton Academy in the fall of 1941, Fred Arno began his athletic career in a rush. Fred received his first letter playing left halfback on the varsity football team that fall. He earned his second letter shortly thereafter by competing on the indoor track team running the 40 yard dash, 300 yard run, high jump and relay.
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2008 - Amy Belliveau ‘75
With the help of Title IX, female sports started to evolve in the 1970s. At the forefront of this campaign for Thornton Academy was a three sport athlete, Amy Belliveau. In field hockey, Amy was an outstanding offensive threat and the team’s leading scorer.
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2008 - Philip Curtis, Coach and Athletic Director
During his 31 years at Thornton Academy, Phil Curtis was a versatile and wide-ranging coach, for a wide variety of sports, both boys and girls, in addition to serving as athletic director and teaching math. Phil served as freshman football coach from 1962 through 1966 and again in 1969.
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2008 - George Martin, Coach
Thornton Academy reigned as one of the top football teams in the state during the nine-year tenure of George Martin. With Martin at the helm from 1935 to 1943, TA won 70 games, lost only nine, and tied seven times.
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2008 - Terrence McSweeney ‘38
While at Thornton Academy, Terry “Touchdown” McSweeney was an all-around athlete. He earned an amazing 14 varsity letters. While he’s most prominently known as a football player, he also excelled on the baseball diamond and the basketball court for four years and served as the captain of both the baseball and basketball teams his senior year.
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2008 - Roger Spaulding ‘56
At 5’8” and 155 pounds, Roger Spaulding dominated in the athletic arena with his speed and quickness. In his junior campaign, Spaulding’s football team was undefeated at 10-0 and outscored opponents 299-39. The team’s success continued in his senior year as the Trojan eleven went undefeated again and repeated as state champions.
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2007 - Richard H. Grant, Class of 1954
Dick Grant starred in both baseball and basketball star. He was a captain of the basketball team for Coach Francis Mear in his senior year and was consistently one of the top scorers in the box score. Grant was also captain of the baseball team in his junior and senior years and was a three-time All Telegram Team pitcher. He pitched in the longest baseball game in TA history, a 16 inning affair vs. Portland's Willy Greenlaw, a game that Thornton lost 1-0. He also once struck out 19 batters in a 13 inning game against South Portland.
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2007 - Donald D. Lester, Class of 1953
During his years at Thornton Academy, Don Lester excelled in football as a halfback, in baseball as a catcher and in basketball as a guard and forward.
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2007 - Hilary F. Mahaney, Class of 1921
As an athlete at Thornton Academy, Mahaney was a center on the basketball team and a first baseman on the baseball team. But his athletic excellence was mostly displayed on the gridiron. Mahaney was a captain of the football team in his senior year and a member of three prep school state football championship teams. He was an All-Conference fullback for two years and was named to the All-State team his senior year.
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2007 - Robert E. McAvoy, Class of 1946
McAvoy was twice selected to the all-state football team as an end in 1944 and 1945. After playing 2 ½ years as an end, he took his talents to the backfield. In one 1944 newspaper article, he is described as follows: "Bob McAvoy's end play against Portland Saturday afternoon at the Stadium was as good as any we have seen this year. The big Maroon end turned back everything directed at his flank, and he did a fine job on offense, too. He is as good, if not the best, wingman we have looked at this year."
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2007 - James McGaffin, Coach and Athletic Director
Jim McGaffin began his career at Thornton in 1956 as head baseball coach, assistant football coach and assistant basketball coach. After one year, he became head basketball coach and coached for 15 year, from 1956 until 1970. At a school with a reputation as a football school, he was instrumental in putting basketball on the map. The basketball team hadn't been to the state playoff tournament for 12 years; after McGaffin took over, the team went five of his first six years and nine out of the next 13 years.
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2007 - Robert E. Tims, Class of 1953
Also known as "Big Bob"and "Red" Tims was nominated by three different people for this award. His distinguished career at Thornton began during his freshman year as he was quarterback of the undefeated and untied football team. Later that year, he was chosen as the MVP of the York County Freshman Basketball Tournament. In his junior and senior years, Red lettered in football, baseball, basketball and track.
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2006 - Lloyd "Swede" Anderson '39
Anderson played fullback and was part of the all-Conference team as both a junior and senior. He was part of the All-State team as a senior. In addition, he ran track all four years of high school.

2006 - Henry "Hank" LaVallee ’25
Known as the “Kid,” LaVallee was quarterback of two championship football teams in 1923 and 1924. He was also a star baseball player and showed his talent on the second team of the Portland Telegram League All-Maine Team.

2006 - Charles Mistos ’37
Mistos played three sports all four years of high school: football, basketball and baseball. He was named to All-State and was batting champion in the telegram League in 1936 as well as an ace pitcher on 1937 Telegram League Team. After graduating from TA, he played for the Altlanta George Crackers and in Biddeford-Saco’s twilight league.

2006 - George Pendleton '48
Pendleton was a three season athlete all four years of high school in football, basketball and baseball. He was named to the All-American football squad in his senior year. We think he was Maine’s first high school player so named.  He was named to the All-Maine team in football.

2006 - 1914 Girls Basketball Team
The team was named league champions in 1914 when most schools did not have many athletic opportunities for boys much less girls. The players were Isabelle Alexander, Helene Buker, Florence Grace, Helen Lawrence, Marion Lowell and Magdalena Walker. The team captain was Meribah Keefe.  

2006 - 1920-21 Boys Basketball Team
TA’s first and only state championship was captured by this team. The players were Justin Seavey, Lawrence Graves, Albert Hanson, Edgar Roger, Leo Joncas, Wesley Seavey, Frederick Shields, Hilary Mahaney, Kenneth Lord, Donald Skillings and Harry Mapes.