The 1995-96 Girl’s Indoor Track team overcame many things to win the State Class A Championship that winter. Most obvious was the graduation of several seniors from the previous winter’s 1994-95 team, still considered one of the best indoor teams in the history of the state. In fact, the TA girls were not noted in the preseason as one of the favorites to contend for honors in the 1996 meet to be held in Orono. Additionally, in one of the meet’s most important events, the 4X200 relay, TA’s inability to clinch the meet as a result of failing to get the baton safely from athlete to athlete made for one gigantically exciting finish.
Hall of Fame
Athletic excellence to inspire future Trojans.
The new class of athletes selected into the Athletic Hall of Fame are inducted in a ceremony at Homecoming every year. These individuals and teams 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.
Brynn Smith is widely regarded as the best female thrower in the history of Thornton Academy track and field. Brynn holds the school record for the discus and is also the indoor and outdoor school record holder in the shot put. Brynn scored in the discus in the state meet her junior and senior years and also placed in the New England meet her senior year.
Dan Smith was a multi-sport athlete during his time at Thornton Academy, excelling in football as well as indoor and outdoor track and field.
When observing high school baseball and basketball games, invariably you will see the most talented athletes manning the positions of point guard and shortstop. In the late 1960s, Thornton Academy basketball coach Jim McGaffin and baseball coach Phil Curtis penciled in Richard “Dickie” Martin to those positions on their scorecards.
Well before the introduction of Title IX in 1972, which was the cornerstone of providing fairness and equity in amateur sports, female physical education instructors saw themselves as knowledgeable authority figures for their students. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, this influential group of women took control of providing physical education programs in a higher education setting. It was their mission to offer a balance between the rigors of intellectual endeavors with healthy and appropriate sporting activities.
In the spring of 1990, the TA boys track and field team found itself in the midst of an 18-year state championship drought. A few weeks before the state meet, Thornton won the Westbrook Relays meet after which head coach John Morin declared “the bigger the meet, the better we get.” The athletes started to believe that a state championship could be theirs. The team entered the state meet as one of the favorites in what was anticipated as being a very tightly contested meet with several teams, including South Portland, Edward Little, Bonny Eagle, Bangor and Brunswick contending for the title.
Jami Ladakakos-Regan was a pioneering member of the girl’s varsity soccer program at Thornton Academy. The team began competing at the varsity level during Jami’s sophomore season. Despite having only three varsity seasons to score goals, Jami sits second on TA’s all-time scoring list with 50 goals. She also ranks third in school history for career points with 118. Jami scored four goals in a game on two separate occasions, which is a Thornton Academy school record.
Entering his freshman year, Ken Pike was destined to become a great athlete at Thornton Academy – and he certainly lived up to those expectations. Ken excelled at both basketball and baseball and his success in these two sports put him in a class with some of the best to play at TA.
Frank Sears was an impact player in three separate seasons in multiple years. As quarterback, a 6” left-handed set shooter, and talented pitcher and batter, he made an indelible mark at Thornton Academy as an outstanding multi-sport athlete.
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.