Tyler Beede ’11 Returns To Boston

By John Bishop

As far as big sports stories, “local boy makes good” is one of the best to cover. And, true to form, the local sporting press is covering the heck out of Tyler Beede ’11 and his return to New England.

Tyler — unfortunately — will not start at Fenway Park for the San Francisco Giants during the current series.

However, he made for a great article by those writers ready to have something positive to write, baseball-wise, in a September that sees both the Giants and the Boston Red Sox on the outside looking in to MLB’s October postseason.

Tyler pitching for LA during the 2010 season.

“It’s OK,” Beede said to the Worcester Telegram about missing a chance to sling the pill in Boston’s beloved ballpark. “I think it’s maybe an opportunity for me to relax and take it in more than I would have. I can sort of be a spectator and enjoy the days we have here in Boston as opposed to worrying about pitching and going out there and facing the Sox.”

“This is like a full circle moment for me,” added Beede, who also told the Telegram that he expected around 200 family and friends to attend the Boston/San Francisco series.

As far as not getting a chance to take the mound at Fenway, Beede remained philosophical and hopeful for a chance in the future.

[Tyler was] widely recognized on campus for his gregarious nature and ability to maintain his modesty and be an integral part of the school community.”
Chris Margraf, LA’s head baseball coach & math teacher

“We play there every three or four years,” said Beede, who led LA to an undefeated baseball season his senior year. “I’m sure there’ll be more opportunities.”

He said the familiar faces in the stands had hoped for better. Beede, who won the College World Series with Vanderbilt, hasn’t allowed a run in 11 1/3 innings.

“I would’ve loved to pitch there,” said Beede to KNBR. “I think it provides a little bit of a relief — not as overwhelming, [don’t have] to worry about pitching there. So I’m fine either way.

The undefeated 2011 baseball Spartans.

“I assumed I was going every seven days with the off day and with [fellow Giants starter Bumgarner] going every five days. I told family that I expected to pitch Friday even though they thought Thursday was a chance.”

But who knows, maybe Tyler will get in as a pinch hitter?

“He also hit bombs,” said his former assistant coach on the Spartans, Jared Gagnon ’03 when asked about Beede’s career in Groton. “Nobody talks about that.”

As the legendary catcher, Yogi Berra said, after being asked to describe baseball in one word, “You just never know.”

After being selected in the MLB baseball draft, Tyler returned to campus in 2015.

NESCAC Player of the Week is Grace Harlan ’18

What a weekend for Grace Harlan ’18 and Middlebury Field Hockey. The Panther goalkeeper has been selected as the NESCAC Player of the Week.

The sophomore (and former Spartan) posted a pair of shutouts in goal last week as Middlebury downed No. 9 Bowdoin 1-0 and blanked 18th-ranked Babson 2-0.

After Middlebury’s win over Babson, Grace enjoyed a mini Lawrence Academy reunion with former Spartans Lauren Curley ‘18 (who plays for Babson College) and Grace Bellefeuille ‘18 who had traveled to Wellesley to watch the game.

Click here to read the Middlebury Athletics article.

Spartan’s Seibold is a National Champion; LA Girls’ Hockey Junior Takes Title As Member of Boston Junior Eagles

Irvine, California — Add Jenna Seibold ’20 to the ever-growing list of successful skaters to wear the red, white, and blue of the Lawrence Academy Spartans.

Seibold, a junior on the LA girls’ ice hockey team, participated in the “Chipotle USA Hockey National Championship” last week in Irvine, California and brought home a title; this time wearing the maroon and gold of the Boston Junior Eagles.

Caught in-between classes here on the elm tree-shaded hillside, Seibold spoke about her team’s accomplishment and her own superlatives away from LA’s Grant rink.

“I am, for sure, still in shock about winning nationals,” said Jenna. “It’s a very big thing that our team’s been working toward since our squad was even put together.”

LA girls’ hockey head coach and athletic director Kevin Potter was one of the first to know about the win, and he immediately passed on his kudos to Seibold and her squad.

LA girls’ hockey v. St. Paul’s. Jon Chase photo

“We are very proud of Jenna and her accomplishments with the Boston Junior Eagles program,” he said. “She is a dedicated player who works hard both on-and-off the ice to be the best student-athlete she can be.”

All of that work paid off for Seibold and her teammates.

“Being a half-season team is tough just because we don’t see each other as much as other teams,” explained Seibold, “but playing in the ISL helped us all stay ready to go over the winter which was big.”

Check out the highlights from the big win for Boston.


LA’s Meier Pitches No-Hitter vs. St. Mark’s in 7-0 ISL Win

Groton, Mass. — Lawrence Academy’s Max Meier ’19 (a Stanford commit from Belmont) pitched a complete game no-hitter in an impressive April 17 outing, which featured 11 K’s and only three walks in a 7-0 win over Independent School League (ISL) rival St. Mark’s School (Southboro).

Max Meier ’19. File photo: Jonathan Gotlib, LA Communications

“I think from the beginning of the game I could tell I was going to be on,” said Meier of the win. “All four of my pitches were working really well, which is always good.

“My plan was to just attack hitters and throw strikes, and let my defense make the plays they needed to.”

Max Meier ’19, Lawrence Academy Baseball

Long-time Lawrence Academy baseball Varsity Head Coach Chris Margraf, agreed, but noted that the “no-no” wasn’t the only sign of significant gains by the Stanford-bound senior.

“Max continues to progress extremely well since our spring trip to Florida,” said Margraf, recently lauded as one of the most influential people in New England Baseball.

Meier with Coach Margraf as he signed with Stanford.

“Most impressive is that Max is a gamer,” said Margraf, whose club raised its record to 3-1. “He loves to compete. He added an RBI single in the first from the three-hole in the order.

“Max had a good command of his fastball early on and became more comfortable with his curve as the game progressed.”

Chris Margraf, LA Baseball head coach

“Overall – a great team win.”

But the early-season win registered hardly a high-five after the game ended, with Meier and LA maintaining their game-faces until after the handshakes concluded.

“I think the team knew of the no hitter once we got into the 6th and 7th innings,” explained Meier. “I didn’t start to think about it until the last few outs.

“Right after we got through the line and shook hands, everyone congratulated me and was excited for me – which was great.”

“Great” is an understated superlative, but Athletic Director Kevin Potter added his own.

“Stanford is certainly getting a good one. We are so proud of Max and his no-hitter today!

“He is an outstanding student-athlete — a leader on and off the field — and we are so proud of his accomplishment.”

Kevin Potter, Lawrence Academy Athletic Director
Re-live Meier’s no-hitter via LSP. Enjoy the call from Sam Feeley.

Boston Bruins Name LA’s Braden Doyle recipient of the John Carlton Memorial Trophy

BOSTON – The Boston Bruins announced today that defenseman Braden Doyle of Lawrence Academy and defenseman Lily Farden of Noble & Greenough School are this year’s recipients of the John Carlton Memorial Trophies.

Braden Doyle 19′ skates up ice during the game against Cushing Academy.

The John Carlton Memorial Trophies are given annually by the Boston Bruins to the outstanding male and female student athletes in Eastern Massachusetts high school hockey or junior hockey. They are given to the high school seniors “who combine exceptional hockey skills with academic excellence.” The annual awards are named in honor of the late Bruins scout and administrator who passed away in December 1982 after a long and dedicated affiliation at all levels of the game. 

Doyle, of Lynnfield, MA completed his high school career as Co-Captain of the Lawrence Academy boy’s hockey team and was named to the All-Independent School League Team. Doyle played youth hockey for his home town of Lynnfield and the Valley Junior Warriors. Doyle was a member of the Minuteman Flames team that was ranked number one in the nation for three straight years while winning the prestigious Silver Sticks Hockey Tournament. As a freshman at Shattuck St. Mary’s School in Faribault, MN, Doyle was a member of the U-14 team that won a National Championship in 2016. Following his freshman year at SSM, Doyle joined Lawrence Academy and went on to help the LA team win the Small School ISL Championship in 2018. Doyle also earned an invite to the 2018 USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game. Prior to the 2018-19 season, he was named a USA Today Pre-Season All American. Doyle is committed to playing collegiate hockey at Boston University. Next year, he plans to play in the USHL for the Dubuque Fighting Saints.

Braden Doyle ’19 and the boys’ varsity hockey team celebrate their 2018 NEPSAC Champtionship.

Doyle, of Lynnfield, MA completed his high school career as Co-Captain of the Lawrence Academy boy’s hockey team and was named to the All-Independent School League Team. Doyle played youth hockey for his home town of Lynnfield and the Valley Junior Warriors. Doyle was a member of the Minuteman Flames team that was ranked number one in the nation for three straight years while winning the prestigious Silver Sticks Hockey Tournament. As a freshman at Shattuck St. Mary’s School in Faribault, MN, Doyle was a member of the U-14 team that won a National Championship in 2016. Following his freshman year at SSM, Doyle joined Lawrence Academy and went on to help the LA team win the Small School ISL Championship in 2018. Doyle also earned an invite to the 2018 USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game. Prior to the 2018-19 season, he was named a USA Today Pre-Season All American. Doyle is committed to playing collegiate hockey at Boston University. Next year, he plans to play in the USHL for the Dubuque Fighting Saints.

Farden, of Hingham, MA completed her high school hockey career with over 100 points and helped lead her team to three Independent School League titles and two New England Prep School Athletic Conference championships. She was recently named Dvision One Player of the Year in the NEPSAC and also Most Valuable Player of the ISL for the 2018-19 season. Farden was also honored as a First Team All-New England and First Team All-ISL defenseman for the third year in a row. Lily was a member of the Under 18 Team USA Women’s Ice Hockey Team that won a gold medal at the World Championships in Dmitrov, Russia in 2018. For the past two years, she has been a USA Today Pre-Season All-American, an All-USA Girls Hockey Player of the Year Finalist and a member of the American Family Insurance All-USA Girls Hockey Team. She is a two-sport captain and three sport varsity athlete at Nobles in field hockey, ice hockey, and lacrosse. She has also excelled in the classroom earing Highest Academic Distinction at Nobles for four consecutive years. She will play college hockey at Harvard University next year.

Past winners of the Carlton Trophies include Charlie Coyle of the Bruins, Ryan Fitzgerald of the Providence Bruins, and Jillian Dempsey and Mary Parker of the Boston Pride.