Blair Academy is proud of a number of alumni who have excelled in athletics after their time on the hilltop. Over this past year, several Buccaneers have garnered accolades in college athletics and professional sports for their championship wins, rookie-of-the-week honors and notable performances during the regular season. Here are a few alumni whose talent and tenacity are a pleasure to watch as they accrue impressive athletic accomplishments beyond Blair.
Olivia Miles ’21
Basketball standout Olivia Miles made her NCAA tournament debut rather special by scoring a triple-double in the Notre Dame Fighting Irish’s 89-78 win over UMass in the first round. She totaled 12 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds to record the 18th triple-double in the history of the women’s tournament. In her first year at Notre Dame, she garnered first-team All-ACC honors, became a top-five finalist for the Nancy Lieberman Award and a WBCA All-American Region I finalist, and she ranked as the No. 2 freshman womens’ basketball player in the country, according to ESPN.
Chris Cannon ’19
Northwestern Wildcat wrestler Chris Cannon earned his second consecutive All-American honors this year, placing seventh at the 2022 NCAA Championships at 133 pounds with a 4-2 record. Additionally, he placed fifth at the 2022 Big Ten Championships and earned a 20-7 regular season record.
PJ O’Rourke ’19
Fordham University junior, linksman PJ O’Rourke finished in the top five at the 2022 Men’s Golf Atlantic-10 Championship, finishing three strokes under par in three rounds. This is the highest-ever placement at the conference championship in Fordham history. With an average score of 73.6, PJ tied for the lowest mark in the last 20 years of program history.
Jesse Schable ’19
With an arm renowned for accuracy and velocity, Jesse Schable has become the Drexel University Dragons’ ace pitcher. This season, Jesse holds a 2.82 earned run average with 10 total strikeouts. In 2021, she helped the softball team achieve the program’s highest regular season win percentage (.737) and, along with it, clinched the Colonial Athletic Association North Division regular season championship.
Tucker Richardson ’18
Senior guard Tucker Richardson not only led the Colgate mens’ basketball team to two straight NCAA tournament appearances, but also recently was named Colgate’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year. A three-time All-Patriot League honoree, Richardson averaged 12.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game for the Raiders this season. Tucker has also made significant contributions to the sport of basketball off the court; he helped create a software program that analyzes in-game basketball statistics and is now used by more than 50 NCAA Division I schools.