BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Boston Bruins Foundation and community organization Seaport Strong held a fundraiser in the Seaport yesterday for injured Milton Academy hockey player Jake Thibeault following his release UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.
Thibeault suffered a severe spinal cord injury during a game resulting in him having no movement from the waist down. The Fitchburg native played for several travel hockey programs prior to his injury including the Worcester Junior Railers and the South Shore Kings and was planning on playing collegiately, according to a Facebook post from his father.
Since his injury, Thibeault has seen an outpouring of support from the community and even current and former Bruins players like Matt Grzelcyk, who visited him in the hospital and gave him an autographed hockey stick, according to WBZ TV. Sunday’s event at the Lawn on D in the Seaport raised funds for Thibeault’s medical bills through the Boston Bruins Foundation.
Along with this fundraiser, a GoFundMe page set up by one of his former coaches has raised over $400,000 and students from his hometown of Fitchburg raised money at their most recent football game against Leominster.
Thibeault left the hospital on Friday and is now beginning his rehabilitation process at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown with the support of his friends and family. He told WBZ TV he’s determined to walk again. WBZ’s Drew Moholland has the story.
Behind a pair of goals from Riley Intrator, the Smith Academy boys soccer team earned a 2-1 road win over Hopkins Saturday afternoon.
With both teams still scoreless halfway through the match, Ben Hudzik changed that by connecting with Intrator for his then first goal of the season.
As the Falcons continued to cling to their slim 1-0 lead nearing the 60-minute mark, Intrator struck again. However, this time, Griffin Goldman was awarded the assist to extend their team’s cushion to 2-0.
During the match’s final minutes, Andrew Ciaglo helped the Golden Hawks avoid being shutout behind his first goal of the year.
In the end, it wasn’t enough as Smith Academy claimed its season-opener while Hopkins has dropped two consecutive games since defeating Renaissance Tuesday.
The Falcons will now welcome Pioneer Valley to town on Wednesday, Sept. 15, at 4 p.m., while the Golden Hawks travel to face Greenfield scheduled for the same time on Monday, Sept. 13.
Clarksville Academy continued its best start to a season since 2012 with an 87-0 home victory against the Tennessee Heat on Friday, Sept. 10.
After failing to record a win last year, the Cougars are undefeated through their first four games in 2021. They held a 73-point lead at halftime and broke the school’s single-game scoring record.
“You don’t expect to put up 87 points, but the expectation is to win and that’s what we’re trying to sell these kids on, week in and week out,” said CA head coach Scott Murray. “We tell them when we come on the field, the expectation is to win.”
The Heat are a member of the National Home School Association and typically play 8-man football. Friday was their first 11-man game this year.
Eight different players scored on offense and special teams for Clarksville Academy. Quarterback Cooper Wallace led the way with a four-touchdown performance, and Tyson Hagewood, Corbin Yarbrough, Paris Pridgen and Jac Wyatt all had at least two scores.
“We knew that we had the capability to put up big numbers,” said Yarbrough, who followed up last week’s 133-yard performance against Middle Tennessee Christian with two first quarter touchdowns.
“Coach (Murray) asks us after every game we’ve had so far how it feels to be 1-0, 2-0, 3-0, 4-0. It just feels good, like you have a different aura when you walk into school. You feel good.”
Part of the early success is credited to baseball standouts like Pridgen, Wallace, Wyatt and DJ Merriweather joining the team this fall. Wallace has recorded 11 touchdowns in his last three games, and the four players combined for eight scores on Friday.
“We’re all best friends,” Wallace said. “We’ve played travel baseball since we were 8 (and) we knew if one of us did it, we would all end up doing it.”
The formula has left them without a loss so far, but Murray said CA could make a name for itself with a win next week. The Cougars travel to Nashville Christian on Friday, Sept. 17 to begin their Division II-A schedule.
“It’s important to the kids and people at the school and people in town,” Murray said of the 4-0 start. “Other schools and things like that are starting to talk about us.
“We tried to bring that mentality when we got here: we want to be talked about in Clarksville, we want to be known as the best or one of the best schools around and we want to build an elite program. We feel like we’re headed in the right direction toward building that.”
Third-ranked Madison Academy flexed its muscles in defeating Class 4A, Region 7 foe Westminster Christian 52-14 on Friday at Bill Washington Stadium in Madison.
The Mustangs (3-1, 2-0) led 45-7 at the half behind a monster effort from running back Will Stokes. The senior ran for 254 yards and three touchdowns and added a 50-yard punt return for a score. He finished the night with 310 total yards – all in the first half.
Brandon Musch led Westminster (1-2, 0-2) with a rushing touchdown in the first half and a fourth-quarter TD on a 1-yard run.
Harrison Cerriway finished the scoring for Madison Academy on a 5-yard run.
Star of the game: Stokes for his 310 total yards and 4 touchdowns
Play of the game: Westminster’s Walker Thorsen dropped a tremendous punt down to the Mustang 1-yard line with only 51 seconds left in the half. Stokes took the handoff from quarterback Carson Creehan, split the Wildcat defense and raced 99 yards for a the score to seal the visitors’ fate.
Stat sheet: Madison Academy – 495 total yards, 362 rushing. Creehan completed 8-of-14 for 133 yards and one touchdown. Jaylen Holmes caught six passes for 119 yards and one touchdown. Westminster – 225 total yards. 67 yards rushing with Musch completing 10-of-29 passes for 158 yards. Isaiah Lattimore had four receptions for 94 yards. Matt Jensen also caught four passes for 51 yards.
By the numbers: 46 – Madison Academy held a decisive size advantage per man outweighing each Wildcat 195 to 149 pounds. 7 – Number of punts the Mustang defense forced.
What’s next: Madison Academy will travel to North Jackson while Westminster will host DAR.
Hampton’s 60-yard kickoff return was much needed with the Knights offense stalled and trailing by 12 after ARC scored on back-to-back drives. The Musketeers touchdowns came via a 28-yard run by Jontavious Curry and 25-yard touchdown pass to Kellen McDuffie.
Later, Kaleb Jackson connected with KD Dorsey on a 40-yard touchdown pass for Evans and Hampton added a second touchdown – his first on offense – on a third-and-long draw play up the middle.
Richmond Academy (1-2) was stagnant for much of the second half. The Musketeers were able to move the ball on multiple drives, but they didn’t reach the end zone until late in the fourth quarter as Evans secured its fourth straight win to open the season.
Joseph Hampton didn’t offer a typical performance we’ve seen from the feature back, who entered the game with 400 rushing yards and four touchdowns. But it was once again an impactful performance.
With two of the Knights’ three touchdowns, he once again splattered his name in the box score and proved why teams always need to know where he is on the field – even on special teams.
It was a showdown of the No. 6s. Richmond Academy’s No. 6 – Jontavious Curry – scored two touchdowns in Friday’s game. Evans’ No. 6 – Hampton – also had two touchdowns to his name on Friday night.
Evans’ Kaleb Jackson throws his name in the mix as well with two passing touchdowns himself. He connected with Dorsey and Jourdain Spann to show off the air attack.
Hampton’s 60-yard kickoff return, following a Richmond Academy touchdown sparked the Knights to the tune of 20-straight points after it started out sluggish.
WHAT IT MEANS
For Evans, it further proves why it’s important to find ways to get Hampton the ball. When the offense struggled to get going and he didn’t find any open holes early, it looked like the Knights were going to have problems. After Hampton’s first touchdown, the Knights returned to form.
Richmond Academy drops its second straight game of the season, both coming by one possession. Against Augusta Christian, it was missed PATs and field goals that proved to be the difference. On Friday night, it was simply not finishing the job. With a tough region schedule on the horizon, the Musketeers must figure out how to not only stay hot after a strong start, but score when they’re deep in opponent’s territory.
Evans (4-0) — The Knights play their fifth straight game to start the season as they travel to Sandersville to
My Oscar was in sight. A producer instructed me where to stand. Before me and the statuette was a curtain as I awaited my cue to rush to the stage.
I didn’t write a speech — of course — but multiple options raced through my head. Do I keep it safe and boring and limited to thank-you’s? No — no one wants that. I would definitely talk about the importance of getting a vaccine, that’s for sure. And then? Recent political events seemed worth addressing, and no doubt that would garner some attention on social media … if I were actually winning an Oscar and not just pretending.
I was up. “Congratulations,” shouted an Academy Museum staffer playing the role of a producer as applause swelled from the audience before me on a screen. Lights brightened, and I momentarily squinted as I reached for the Academy Award. The crowd, a recording lifted from an Oscar telecast at the Dolby Theatre, seemed to only get louder as I took a breath before beginning my gracious words of acceptance …
Uh-oh — now I was hearing the music become more deafening. But my speech! The importance of vaccines! The risk to the constitutional rights of women!
I was whisked off stage, where the Oscar was left behind for the next paying guest ($15, on top of admission to the Academy Museum, for the Oscars Experience video opportunity). My brief moment in the spotlight, a two-minute simulacrum of what is a showbiz dream for many, had come to an end. Emailed to me would be a clip of my seconds on a makeshift Oscar stage, which will have to do unless my life’s fortunes change.
Remember theme park or carnival souvenir photo ops that would slap a guest’s face on a popular magazine? Think of the Oscars Experience as a slick, high-tech version, in which multiple cameras will film a moment with professional stage lighting that looks fit for prime time — or at least sharing on social media. There’s an underlying goal of promoting the Oscars, but if lighting and framing can make the guest look and feel glamorous, all the better.
When the Academy Museum opens on Sept. 30, it will do so with exhibits that look at Oscar and cinema history, including a deep dive into the works of Japanese animation legend Hayao Miyazaki. But the Oscars Experience is an upsell venture that brings ever-so-slight theme park trappings to the museum, furthering an immersive entertainment trend that shows that even education institutions today need to deliver their messages with a few spoonfuls of sugar.
Increasingly, any attraction, museum or art space seems ripe for lessons from the themed entertainment industry.
“I’ve worked in a bunch of different museums for a very long time, and what I’m learning — the more that I work in them
The superhero television series The Umbrella Academy Season 3 is nearing its release. The upcoming season is likely to introduce the audience to the Sparrow squad. The third season’s filming wrapped up in late August. Last week, the series creator Steve Blackman posted on Instagram that the shooting for the third season of The Umbrella Academy is over. He thanks all cast and crew members of the series.
When could The Umbrella Academy Season 3 be released?
The Umbrella Academy is based on the comic book series of the same name written by Gerard Way. In November 2020, the series was renewed for a third season. The production was halted for the COVID-19 pandemic. Filming for The Umbrella Academy Season 3 began on February 7, 2021, but they are going slow. And at last, the good news is the principal photography is concluded on August 28, 2021.
Now it’s time for post-production works and we guess it would take two to three months. So, it’s much more likely that we’ll see The Umbrella Academy Season 3 on Netflix in early 2022.
The story revolves around a dysfunctional family of adopted sibling superheroes who reunite to solve the mystery of their father’s death and the threat of an imminent apocalypse.
What could be the plot for The Umbrella Academy Season 3?
The Umbrella Academy is set in a universe where 43 women around the world give birth simultaneously at noon on October 1, 1989, despite none of them showing any sign of pregnancy until labor began. Seven of the children are adopted by eccentric billionaire Sir Reginald Hargreeves and turned into a superhero team that he calls “The Umbrella Academy.”
The sibling superheroes will reunite to solve the mystery of their father’s death and the threat of an imminent apocalypse.
The Umbrella Academy Season 2 shows failing to stop the apocalypse, the siblings are forced to travel back in time, but it goes awry, scattering them across different years in 1960s Dallas.
Five ends up on November 25, 1963, in the middle of a nuclear doomsday, but with the help of Hazel manages to travel back in ten days. While being hunted by a trio of Swedish assassins, Five finds his siblings, who have each made new lives, and attempt to reunite them in order to stop this new apocalypse.
Season 2 ends with the children discover Sir Reginald is still alive and formed a new academy called “Sparrow Academy.” Besides, Ben Hargreeves the Number six (plays by Justin H. Min) is also alive.
The plot for The Umbrella Academy Season 3 has been kept under the wrap; however, series showrunner Steve Blackman has revealed some major teases with episode titles on Season 3 that could reveal some details of the series.
The episode titles, in show order, are “Meet the Family,” “World’s Biggest Ball of Twine,” “Pocket Full of Lightning,” “Kugelblitz,” “Kindest Cut,” “Marigold,”
After defeating Plymouth Christian Academy by a 3-1 score on the road, the Hillsdale Academy Colts boys soccer team headed home to take on another tough foe in Kalamazoo Hackett Catholic Prep in a Wednesday night matchup. The Colts, led by head coach Neal Brady, headed into the contest with a 4-2 overall record. They lost to University Liggett and Hartford in the Cougar Cup finals. The Colts would find themselves adding another impressive victory for the young fall sports season.
The Colts won 4-1. The Colts maintained much of the possession clock for the first half. The Colts had a plethora of offensive opportunities in Hackett territory to score. 20 minutes in, Grayson McArthur crossed the ball off the post. Nathan Karlovich put the ball back in the mix, and Jay Jenkins hit the ball in the net. 10 minutes later, the Colts combined on 8 passes which ended with Conner Welden sending a pass to Bennett Fast who found the corner of the net. The Colts led 2-0 at the end of the first half.
The Colts had seemingly dominated and worn down the Hackett Prep defense. Hackett Prep would turn the ball over on their side of the pitch and would not be able to drive down through the tough Colts defensive players who took the opportunity with terrific passing to keep the ball from reaching their zone.
After halftime, the Colts kept momentum of the game and possessed the ball on Hackett’s half of the pitch. Hackett would find late-game energy and would challenge the Colts to work harder to get the offense going. However, in the middle of the second half, Luke Brady crossed the ball, and it deflected off of a Hackett player, which led to an own goal. The Colts now had a comfortable lead of 3-0. Hackett came back with a free kick, which deflected and ended up in the Colts net. It would be the only score Hackett would manage, but Hackett would have several more opportunities to pull within the Colts’ lead.
With 15 minutes left in the game, Hillsdale Academy Colt Conner Welden dribbled past a several defensive players for Hackett and found the back of the net for the final goal of the game. Hackett would continue to test the Colts, who would also look to work on their offensive passing and plays. The Colts and Hackett would have more opportunities to score, however time swiftly ran out for both teams. The Colts would walk away with an impressive 4-1 victory, and celebrate with their fans with the traditional jog to the sidelines.
The Colts are now 5-2 on the season, and they have one more contest lined up for this season. The Colts travel to their third road contest of the year on Thursday against Jackson Christian. That game was slated to start at 5:30 pm. Results and photos of the game will be in our Saturday edition of the Hillsdale Daily News.
The Pike Liberal Arts Patriots play in consecutive weeks for the first time this season when they travel to Auburn to take on Lee-Scott Academy.
After playing in a jamboree game against Escambia Academy in late August, the Patriots had their opener canceled due to COVID concerns within the Crenshaw Christian program. They opened their season last week with a convincing 63-0 win over Hooper Academy in Hope Hull.
“We went back to work and cleaned up a lot of things,” head coach Mario White said. “We were a week removed from being shutdown and we just stayed the course.”
The Patriots had six different players score a touchdown last Friday night. Newcomer Zakevian Pennington had three touchdowns and 89 yards of rushing on just six carries.
“I thought we utilized everyone well,” White said. “I thought everyone came ready to play.”
This week the Patriots remain on the road to take on Lee-Scott.
“We came back to work on Sunday,” White said. “We watched film and conditioned. On Monday we had an early practice because we didn’t have school. Yesterday (Tuesday) was really physical and today (Wednesday) we were really physical.”
The Warriors are coming off a 23-22 win over Glenwood last Friday night and are now 1-0 in region play. With the Warriors picking up a win over the Gators last week, Friday’s game could give either team an early leg up in the race for the region championship.
“This is a huge region game,” White said. “Lee-Scott gave us problems last year up front with some of the things they did. Coach (James) Daniel is a great coach. They have are a good tackling team. They run their system offensively well. We have to be prepared.”
The Patriots had some players with bumps and bruises last week, but White believes his team is now healthier than they have been all season long.
“I’m ready to fight and I will FIND away to get through this.”
Support, from prayers and well wishes to hundreds of thousands of dollars, has flooded in for a Milton Academy hockey player, whose dreams of playing at the collegiate level were dashed following a severe, on-ice injury on Saturday that left him paralyzed from the waist down.
“Jake is tough, is overflowing with grit and is determined to walk again. But he is scared beyond belief,” Jake’s father, Michael Thiebeault, wrote in a Facebook post on Monday. “Losing hockey and his dream of playing collegiately, which we now know for certain was happening, is soul crushing for him.”
“The Boston Bruins are keeping Jake Thibeault in our hearts today,” the Bruins said in a statement on Tuesday. “We offer our full support and well wishes to Jake, his family, and the rest of the Milton Academy hockey community.”
Kevin Lizotte, who launched the GoFundMe effort and coached Jake when he played for the Worcester Junior Railers and other teams, wrote on the online fundraiser page that Jake “embodies the Milton Mustang’s motto ‘Dare to be true.’”
“He is a true gentleman, a true athlete, a true student, a true teammate, and a true friend,” he wrote.
According Lizotte, Jake played with his son on the Blues Leominster Dek Hockey team, and also played for Twin City Youth Hockey, Fitchburg High School, the Boston Bulldogs, and the South Shore Kings, among numerous other travel teams.
“What makes Jake an outstanding hockey player has less to do with skills and skating and so much more to do with character,” Lizotte wrote. “Jake is among the most dedicated, hard working student athletes. He has more grit and perseverance than most 18-year-olds. Most importantly, he is the ultimate teammate. He’s the first to pass the puck to set up a perfect scoring opportunity for (a) teammate and the first kid to provide backup if someone is disrespecting his team.
“He is positive and encouraging to others both on and off the ice,” he added.
Michael Thibeault shared links to both fundraising campaigns on Facebook, and wrote that each was established to support Jake’s future care.
As of early Tuesday afternoon, the Greg Hill Foundation initiative had eclipsed $31,400, easily surpassing the foundation’s pledge to match all donations up to $5,000.
Donations for the GoFundMe campaign on Tuesday poured in at a rate of tens of thousands of dollars in merely a few hours, surpassing its $250,000 goal in the afternoon.
“The entire South Shore Kings organization is praying for Jake Thibeault,” the South Shore Kings wrote on Twitter on Sunday. “Jake
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