The Boston Red Sox are trying to crawl back into their fans’ good graces by cleaning up their act. Part of their rebuilding process has been building a new coaching staff. Today, they announced that they hired Juan Nieves, who was a star athlete at Avon Old Farms.
Nieves graduated from Avon Old Farms in Connecticut before pitching parts of three seasons in the majors for Milwaukee. going 32-25 with a 4.71 ERA. He no-hit the Orioles on April 15, 1987.
Nieves is in Avon Old Farms’s Hall of Fame. He compiled a career record of 19-1 with a 1.05 ERA in three years at the school from 1980-83 and, in addition to baseball, captained the cross-country and basketball teams.
Why did MLB players wear such small hats back in the day?
As the L.A. Kings won their first Stanley Cup ever, all eyes were on CT native and Avon Old Farms grad Jonathan Quick. The Kings netminder helped Los Angeles to beat the N.J. Devils in six games and took home the NHL’s Conn Smythe trophy as the playoffs MVP.
Quick won the Conn Smythe Trophy by allowing just 29 goals in the Kings’ 20 playoff games. In the finals, Quick allowed just seven goals in six games. Sounds like the Boston Bruins goalie from last year’s run to the Cup.
It was a good year for NE preps in the NHL playoffs. Anyone who can name a full line of NE prep hockey players will win a Twines & Vines prize pack. That means three forwards, two defensemen and a goalie. If you miss the goalie, you don’t deserve to win.
Hakeem Lecky, Avon Old Farms ’10, Syracuse ’15!
Redshirted with an injury during his Freshman campaign with the Orange, Lecky has bounced back this year as one of their top midfielders. Before Syracuse, Lecky was born in Jamaica and then adopted by a family living on Nantucket Island, MA. Massachusetts lax rumors have it that in high school, Lecky moved to Duxbury to play for the reigning state champions and alma mater of Max Quinzani. After winning multiple state champions, Lecky pg’d at Avon Old Farms where they finished as one of the top teams in the elite Founders League.
- Cory Schneider/Avon Old Farms
Jonathan Quick/Phillips Academy Andover
The Vancouver Canucks are the NHL’s most-hated franchise, and Roberto Luongo is the goalie that everyone loves to hate. The L.A. Kings have opened a 2-0 lead in their playoff series with the Canucks. Since Luongo can’t keep the puck out of the net, his backup Cory Schneider (Avon Old Farms) could get the call. If this happens, Schneider will face his former prep school rival, Jonathan Quick (Phillips Academy Andover).
Schneider and AOF lost to Quick in the NEPSAC finals during Schneider’s senior year. All of Canada is hoping for a repeat of that result.
Yes, I am a bit biased against the Canucks because I am a supporter of the reigning Stanley Cup Champs!
The Boston College men’s hockey team is up for yet another National Championship in the Frozen Four. Unlike their neighbors at BU, the BC team is stacked with New England prep school grads. Maybe that is why they have remained in school and out of jail!
Here is a list of the preps on BC’s roster, however, there are some prep school grads MISSING from this list.
A Twines & Vines prize goes out to the person who names the MOST omissions from this list:
No. Name Class Pos. Ht. Wt. Previous Team Hometown
- 4 Tommy Cross SR Defenseman 6-3 215 Westminster Simsbury, CT
- 10 Danny Linell FR Forward 5-9 185 Choate Rosemary Hall Great Neck, NY
- 12 Kevin Hayes SO Forward 6-3 205 Noble & Greenough Dorchester, MA
- 14 Brooks Dyroff JR Forward 6-0 190 Phillips Andover Boulder, CO
- 15 Cam Spiro FR Forward 5-11 195 Tabor Academy Hingham, MA
- 19 Chris Kreider JR Forward 6-3 225 Phillips Andover Boxford, MA
- 21 Steven Whitney JR Forward 5-7 162 Lawrence Academy Reading, MA
- 23 Patrick Brown SO Fwd 6-1 197 Cranbrook Kingswood Bloomfield Hills, MI
- 28 Tommy Atkinson SR Forward 5-8 165 Avon Old Farms Greenwich, CT
- 30 Chris Venti SR Goaltender 6-0 175 Buckingham, Browne & Nichols Needham, MA
Although southern prep school’s Spring seasons are mostly underway, the Mid-Atlantic and North East are just getting rolling. Lots of teams are headed south for preseason training this year. Look around Tampa for some prep school lax this week. Here’s a taste of prep school lacrosse in New England this Spring.
The annual Beanpot Hockey Tournament is probably Boston’s most iconic college sporting event. Involving Northeastern, Harvard, BC, and BU, the tournament features some of the best talent the country has to offer.
In the championship game tonight, dozens of prep school attendees fill the rosters of BC and BU. I’ll do my best to list off the schools, but forgive me if I missed any.
Nobles & Greenough, B.B.N., Thayer Academy, Belmont Hill, Roxbury Latin, Lawrence Academy, Tabor Academy, Avon Old Farms, Phillips Andover, South Kent, Salisbury School, Brewster Academy, Catholic Memorial, Marshall Prep, Northwood School, Westminster, and Choate Rosemary Hall.
This Wednesday at Fenway, The Rivers School’s Girls Varsity Ice Hockey Team will be facing off against St. George’s. Both schools have historically successful girls programs sending players to Boston College, Harvard, the U.S. National Team, and many others.
A few years ago, boys prep powerhouses collided at Fenway as shown in the above videos.
I’ll be there to witness history Wednesday. Will you?
Photo courtesy of Hartford Courant
Students from Avon Old Farms raised $16k in just two weeks to buy toys for Hartford-area kids in an annual event called the Hartford Toy Shoppe.
Just a good example of prep school philanthropy. Pretty amazing to see AOF students raising that much coin in just two weeks. Who would not want to help little kids on Christmas? Here’s the link to the organization that puts on the event: Click here
If you haven’t heard about Jazz Cartier yet, now is as good a time as ever. The Indian Mountain and Avon Old Farms alum is currently working on his much-anticipated full length album, Losing Elizabeth. Above and below are some of his hottest tracks. Jazzy is word to all the prep school rappers out there that you can do it big too.
Far Away Prod. by Lantz – Jazz Cartier
Take It Home Ft. Jazz Cartier – The 16th Seed