Tyler Thompson ’06, of Howland, was a stand-out two sport athlete at Lee Academy, excelling in basketball and baseball. As a guard on the basketball team, Tyler was an exceptional defender, accomplished passer and good shooter. His strongest traits were his basketball IQ, tireless effort and unselfish team play. These traits, along with his outstanding skills, helped lead Lee Academy to several outstanding seasons and tournament berths, highlighted by the 2004-05 season when Tyler’s play helped Lee Academy earn its first ever #1 heal point seeding in the Eastern Maine tournament. The Pandas finished as Class D runners-up.
Baseball is where Tyler established himself as one of the best players in school history, amassing impressive stats while leading the team to numerous championships. He was an excellent pitcher and gold glove caliber fielder – but his offensive prowess is what clearly places him as one of our all-time greats. Some of his career totals include:
.491 BA, .611 OBP, 91 runs scored, 40 extra base hits, 100 RBI’s, 108 hits, and 10 HR’s. But perhaps his most impressive stat is LESS than ten total strikeouts over his four year career of over 200 AB’s! Impressive as these individual stats may be, Tyler was most concerned with team accomplishments, leading the Pandas to a State Runner-Up in 2004, an Eastern Maine Runner-Up in 2005, and the first and only State Championship in 2006. He was numerous in All-Conference, All-Academic selection and went on to have an outstanding American Legion career and finished his baseball playing days as an excellent four-year player for Grove City College in Pennsylvania.
Tyler was inducted into the Lee Academy Athletic Hall of Fame in October 2014.