May 26, 2020

High school athletes and coach receive Boston Globe All-scholastic award for fall athletics

Gracie Meisner ’21, Staff Writer

22allschopics - (L-R) Wellesley High swimmers Valerie Passanisi, Isabelle Boegholm, Nellie Thompson, Keleyia Rochelle. (handout)

Each year, the Boston Globe selects standout athletes from around the state to honor with the All-Scholastic award. Seven athletes and one coach from the high school were recognized by the Boston Globe for their outstanding performances in their respective sports this fall. 

200 Freestyle Relay Team
Girls Swimming

Swimmers Valerie Passanisi ’21, Isabelle Boegholm ’20, Nellie Thompson ’20, and Keleyia Rochelle ’20 teamed up to take the MIAA Division II state title in the 200 Freestyle relay with a time of 1:39.63, helping lead the Raiders to their first state championship since 1990. The quartet also took the South Sectional title in the relay the week prior with a time of 1:40.11. The raiders finished the season with a 10-0 regular season record.

Michael Thorbjornsen 
Golf

Photo courtesy of Michael Thorbjornsen.

Michael Thorbjornsen ’20, who golfed at the 2019 U.S. Open after winning the 2018 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, finished his debut season playing golf for the high school capturing the Bay State Conference title, the Division I South Sectional title, and state meet runner-up. Thorbjorbsen will continue his golf career at Stanford University in the fall.

Photo courtesy of Michael Thorbjornsen.

Jason Norris
Cross Country and Track

Photo courtesy of Jason Norris.

This fall, Jason Norris ’20 helped the Raiders complete a five year long 50-0 regular season winning streak. Individually, Norris placed third at both the Bay State Conference Championship and the EMass Division II Championship.

Photo courtesy of Jason Norris.

He went on to finish seventh at the Division I All-States with a time of 16:29 in the 5K course, where he helped the Raiders secure a second-place finish.  Norris will run at Dartmouth College in the fall. 

Matthew Maiona
Football

Photo courtesy of Matthew Maiona.

A two time Bay-State Conference All-Star, Raiders quarterback Matthew Maiona ’20 led the raiders to a 9-2 season record, throwing for 24 touchdowns and 1,729 yards and rushing for 502 yards. Maiona plans to play football at Dickinson College this fall. 

Jennifer Dutton
Coach, Girls Swimming

In her tenth season coaching swimming for the high school, Coach Jennifer Dutton led the Raiders through an undefeated regular season, a South Sectional title, and the team’s first Division II state title since 1990. In addition, Dutton’s swimmers earned the MIAA Sportsmanship award, receiving nominations from other teams in the Bay State Conference. 

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