Thornton Academy Postscripts Alumni Magazine Winter 2007 - Page 8

www.thorntonacademy.org THORNTON ATHLETICS: Academy Inducts First Class into Athletic Hall of Fame On Saturday, September 30, Homecoming Day, members of Thornton’s Board of Trustees, Alumni Board, alumni and friends gathered in the Atrium adjacent to Garland Auditorium as members of the inaugural class of honorees were inducted into the Thornton Academy Athletic Hall of Fame. The Thornton Academy Athletic Hall of Fame was established to honor and recognize athletes, coaches, teams, and others affiliated with the school that have excelled at or contributed greatly to athletics at Thornton Academy. This year’s honorees were Henry L. LaVallee, Class of 1925, Charles Mistos, Class of 1937, Lloyd M. Anderson, Class of 1939, Gordon R. Pendleton, Class of 1948, the 1913-14 Girls Basketball Team, and the 1920-21 Boys Basketball Team. Henry L. LaVallee Class of 1925 Known affectionately as both “Kid” and “Hank,” Henry LaVallee was honored as both a player and a coach. He played quarterback on two championship football teams in 1923 and 1924. In the final game against Lewiston for the state title, Henry L. one reporter Lavellee ‘25 described the action: “LaVallee paved the way to a TA victory when he caught a Portland punt on his own 10-yard line and by the most brilliant broken field running carried the ball a total of 51 yards.” As a baseball player, LaVallee was named to the second team of the Portland Telegram League  All-Maine Team. Hank returned to Thornton to coach baseball, as well, and his 1937 team earned the Telegram League championship. LaVallee also is fondly remembered as Thornton Academy’s long-time alumni secretary. Charles Mistos, Class of 1937 Charles “Charlie” Mistos played all three sports—football, basketball and baseball— during all four of his years at Thornton Academy. As captain of the football team his senior year, he was named to both the Charles Mistos ‘37 All-State Team and the southwestern Maine All-Star Team. As a baseball star, he was batting champion in the Telegram League in 1936, and ace pitcher on the 1937 Telegram League Team. After leaving Thornton, Mistos played for the Atlanta Georgia Crackers and Biddeford-Saco’s Twilight League. He later spent many devoted years working with Saco youth in recreation programs because, as he said many times, “someone needs to be there for them.” Lloyd M. Anderson Class of 1939 Nicknamed “Swede,” Lloyd Anderson played fullback on the football team. He was named to the All-Conference team as both a junior and a senior, and as a senior made the All-State team. As captain his senior year, he made 15 touchdowns, Lloyd M. and ranks Anderson ‘39 POSTSCRIPTS * WINTER 2007 high on the list of Thornton’s top all-time scorers. Anderson also ran on the track team all four years at Thornton, and later served on the Board of Trustees. Gordon R. Pendleton Class of 1948 Gordon Pendleton played football, basketball and baseball for all four of his years at Thornton Academy. Nicknamed “Abie,” he was the first Maine high school player named to the All-American football squad in his senior year and also was named to the All-Maine first team. As co-captain his senior year, he was known