Mary Shea, Thornton HS alumnus inducted into the CHSAA Hall of Fame
A three-sport athlete at Thornton High School, Mary Shea played volleyball, basketball and tennis for the Trojans. Shea was a starter in all three sports, earning all-conference honors from the beginning of her collegiate career.
Despite never playing competitive tennis before high school, Shea earned the no. 2 singles position on the tennis team as a sophomore and made the state tournament. She was named the no. 1 player for the next two years, but bowed out in regionals each time.
In volleyball, she led her team to the Final Eight in state as a junior and the Final Four as a senior. As a senior, she earned all-state recognition.
In basketball, she was all-conference and all-state, leading Thornton to a Final Four appearance as a junior and to the 1980 State Title as a senior.
After high school, Shea was one of the top volleyball players in the High Country Athletic Conference/Western Athletic Conference for the University of Wyoming. She was the first female elected to the Wyoming Hall of Fame.
Shea returned to her alma mater as the Thornton Volleyball Coach in 1996 and 1997.