On Saturday, October 19th, Thornton Academy honored this year's inductees into the Athletic Hall of Fame as part of the annual Homecoming weekend festivities. The 2019 class of athletes and their guests gathered in Garland Auditorium at 10:00am for a special ceremony where they were welcomed by trustee and Hall of Fame committee member, Kirk Purvis ‘93. Headmaster Rene Menard ‘88 also addressed attendees, and each inductee was honored for their accomplishments in turn. The ceremony was followed by a private luncheon for awardees and their guests. During the pre-game ceremony of the Homecoming contest vs. Oxford Hills, Hall of Fame inductees took to center field and were applauded by a full stadium.
TA’s Athletic Hall of Fame acknowledges the accomplishments of individuals and teams who left their mark on TA athletics and provided memorable moments that won't be forgotten. Their stories inspire future generations of Trojans to work hard and excel in their sport. Our athletes look to the players that came before for inspiration, and then forge ahead to score more goals, break records, and win championships. At Thornton Academy, athletics are valued as a way to learn life lessons, interact more fully with our school community, and have fun!
The 2019 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees include:
1957 Golf Team (Bob Whelan* ’57, Frank Morse ’58, Morton Rosen* ’57, Bob Miniutti ’58, Walter Davis ’58, Linc Warner ’59, Richard Nason ’58, Danny Polackwich ’61): League Champions
TA golf was at peak performance in 1957, going undefeated on the season and winning its very first state championship. Coach Polackwich’s squad was comprised of team members Mort Rosen*, Bob Whalen*, Vince (Bob) Minuitti, Frank Morse, Lincoln Warner, Walter Davis, Richard Nason, and Dan Polackwich*. TA was undefeated in league play, with most matches ending in perfect scores of 6-0. Eventually that season they captured the first ever golf state title for Thornton Academy.
Megan Angis ’03: Golf Champion
When fourteen-year-old Megan Angis burst upon the Maine women’s golf scene in 2000, her prowess on the links quickly drew comparisons to some of the elite female golfers in Maine history. By the time she graduated from Thornton Academy in 2003, Megan Angis lived up to that prediction and more. She eventually became the first of only two Thornton Academy female golfers to win individual state honors in the program’s history.
Lance Lavoie ’89: Football & Baseball Standout
Toughness and determination are hallmarks of some of the great football players that have donned the maroon and gold. For his efforts, Lance received statewide accolades. He was named to the Maine Sunday Telegram All-State Football Team as both a first-team selection on offense and a second-team selection on defense. He was a standout on the baseball diamond as well, both in the field and at the plate. His talent led to a nod on the Telegram League Baseball All-Star team as a 1st team utility player.
The McNabb Brothers (John ’60, David ’63, Dennis ’63, Steve ’74, Jeff ’76): Outstanding Performances
Each of the five McNabb brothers (John ’60, David ’63, Dennis ’63, Steve ’74, and Jeff ’76) were considered outstanding athletes during their time at TA. Whether on the golf course, football field, basketball court, or baseball diamond-—if a McNabb brother was in attendance at TA, they were undoubtedly contributing to the success of their team, and earning plenty of recognition for their athletic prowess in the process.
Jenny Pierpont ’06: Champion Track & Field Athlete
When it comes to Thornton Academy's girls track & field program, there is one student-athlete that stands above the rest in the number of individual titles won, and that is Jennifer Pierpont of the class of 2006. Jenny is the most decorated track & field athlete to ever run, jump, or throw for Thornton Academy.
Frank Sears ’75: Telegram League Batting Champion
Frank Sears was an impact player in three separate seasons in multiple years. As quarterback, a 6” left-handed set shooter, and a talented pitcher and batter, Frank made an indelible mark at Thornton Academy as an outstanding multi-sport athlete.