Lincoln Academy Sports Hall of Fame inducts four

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The Lincoln Academy Alumni Association is pleased to announce that four individuals will be inducted into the LA Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, June 18. A reception will be held in the Lincoln Academy Dining Hall at 2 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony. The public is invited to attend.

Inductees include LeeAnn (Oliver) Sullivan, Class of 1982, Leon Oliver, Class of 1982, Malcolm Oliver, Class of 2012, and Adam Wheeler, Class of 1989.

Lee Ann (Oliver) Sullivan

Athlete in three sports, LeeAnn (Oliver) Sullivan earned 12 varsity letters in basketball (four years), cross country (two years), golf (two years) and softball (four years).

She was point guard and three-time captain of the 1982 Class B Women’s Championship basketball team. The Lady Eagles went undefeated in 1982, were Mid-Maine Conference champions, and won the West Class award B Sportsmanship.

She was known for her passing, long range baskets and defense. LeeAnn was an unflappable ball handler, able to break presses and was never overwhelmed by the situations the game and other teams threw at her. LeeAnn’s excellent attitude and composure was one of the reasons the team won the 1982 state championship and sportsmanship award.

She led the team in steals and assists. In the 1982 state tournament, LeeAnn scored 12, 16, 6, and 17 points. She was the second-highest scorer (17) in the state title game.

She played second base for the 1982 Lincoln Academy MMC Championship softball team. The Lady Eagles went 12-1 that season.

She played on the boys’ golf team for two years, as there was no girls’ team. In 1981, she was the top golfer in the state qualifier.

After high school, LeeAnn attended St. Joseph College for a year, where she played basketball. She transferred to Plymouth State and completed a degree in education. After graduating, she married Dan Sullivan and raised three children, Ashley, Andrew, and Zachary, in West Springfield, Mass. She is currently teaching first grade.

She continues to play golf recreationally and will not be at the ceremony as she will be competing in a tournament.

She taught one year of Title I Mathematics at Holyoke, Mass. before taking a few years off to raise her children. When the youngest Zack was in preschool, she taught preschool for 12 years. She received the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2008.

LeeAnn then held teaching positions at West Springfield Public Schools, where she taught kindergarten and first grade for the past 12 years in an English Learner class, where children speak six to eight languages. different.

Leon Olivier

Leon attended Lincoln Academy for three years and graduated in 1982. He spent one year at Hall-Dale High School.

A natural athlete, Léon practiced three sports: cross-country (one year), basketball and golf.

He set the single-game scoring record of 40 points in a basketball game. Leon qualified for the Maine Schoolboy State Championship Game in three of his four high school years.

Leon attended USM for a year where he became a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity and earned All-Conference honors on the golf team. He left USM to enter the PGA Professional Program and has been a PGA Professional for 28 years.

He spent 15 years working at Wawenock Country Club. His work with junior players helped develop local talent for the Lincoln Academy golf program. During his years at Wawenock, he coached the Los Angeles golf team from 2004 to 2007.

He spent five years in Florida, where he worked at the Lemon Bay Country Club in Englewood, Florida, and 20 winters at the Gasparilla Inn in Boca Grande, Florida.

He was employed for 10 years at the Bath Country Club, during which he was assisted by his son Malcolm. He bought Sheepscot Links in Whitefield in 2019.

In three years, he made significant changes to the course. This, along with improvements and offers popular with the public, has led to an increase in membership at Sheepscot Links. Avid golfers appreciate the ability to play late and early season golf, as Leon is known to open all playable holes in the spring when snow banks are still visible.

He holds five course records at Gasparilla Inn (61), Wawenock (60), Lemon Bay Golf Club (64), Bath Country Club (61) and Sheepscot Links (67).

He won two Maine Chapter championships in 1998 and 1999, a Pro-Pro Championship and a Maine PGA Chapter Player of the Year.

Leon and his wife Alicia (Welton, 1989 Los Angeles graduate) reside in Damariscotta. They have two children, Malcolm, Class of 2012, and Mallory, Class of 2018.

Malcolm Oliver

Malcolm Oliver graduated in 2012 from Lincoln Academy. Malcolm won the Maine Schoolboy Class B State Golf Championship as a senior at Lincoln Academy in 2011 with a 73.

After graduating from Los Angeles, Malcolm attended Bentley University, where he played in hundreds of golf tournaments. He has worked at upscale private country clubs in Florida and the Northeast.

At Bentley, Malcolm won six individual tournaments and was named Ping Division II All-East Region twice and NE-10 Men’s Golfer of the Week seven times. He was featured in Sports Illustrated’s “Faces in the Crowd” after successfully defending his New England Intercollegiate title his senior year.

He holds Bentley’s records for lowest average, highest national ranking (Division II) and winning in a single season.

After graduating with a degree in economics-finance from Bentley, Malcolm began playing tournament golf as a professional in 2016. His first professional win came in June 2016, when he shot a par 64 6-under at the Vermont Open Shootout.

Later that summer, he signed up for the PGA of America and began working toward professional golf management certification. During the winter of 2016-2017, he traveled to Jupiter, Florida to play mini-tours and begin what would become a five-winter stint at the Jupiter Island Club.

The summer of 2017 ended up being his last summer working and playing in Maine. This season was marked by a second place finish at the Maine State Championship at Sugarloaf Golf Club and a top 10 finish at the Maine Open at Augusta CC.

Since then he has spent summers at the Misquamicut Club in Watch Hill, RI, and the Weston Golf Club in Weston, Mass. He was elected to the PGA of America in the fall of 2021, following in the footsteps of his father, Leon Oliver, who earned the PGA credentials 28 years earlier.

Malcolm also qualified for the 2020 PGA Wizards National Championship.

Malcolm and his wife Kate live in Foxborough, Mass.

Adam Wheeler

Adam Wheeler was the starting center for Lincoln Academy’s Class B basketball team in 1989. With two 1,000-point scorers on the team – Chris McKenney and Kyle O’Bryan – Adam’s role in the team was to rebound and block shots.

Adam was a key part of the 1989 men’s basketball team’s pressure offense philosophy. As center, it was the responsibility of Adam and his backup Kevin Feltis to get the ball as quickly as possible to the excellent point guard McKenney to find his running mate O’Bryan, known for his solid finishing for lay-ups.

After graduating from Los Angeles, Adam attended the University of Maine before transferring to Maine Maritime Academy, where he was a member of the men’s basketball and lacrosse teams.

In his three years playing basketball in MMA, Adam scored 1,000 points. He is the 10th all-time leading scorer in MMA with 1,089 points. He averaged 14 points per game. He ranks eighth in MMA field goals with 432, seventh in rebounds and ninth all-time in blocked shots with 47. Adam served as captain two seasons with MMA, 1992-93 and 1993- 94.

After graduating, he entered the oil and gas drilling industry where he has worked for the past 27 years. He is currently chief engineer aboard the first seventh generation drillship.

Adam is married to Jessica and they have two children, Gabriel, 15, and Evelyn, 13. They currently reside in Camden with their two dogs and two cats, where they enjoy life in the Midcoast spending time on Lake Megunticook and Penobscot Bay in the summer and skiing at the Snow Bowl in the winter.

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