Susan Kelly knew this season had the chance to be something special for her Randolph High girls’ tennis team. In their final run as an independent before joining the South Shore League, the Blue Devils had a real opportunity to accomplish all of their long-held goals. A roster laden with seniors and a favorable schedule gave hope to not only the program’s first winning season, but also the Blue Devils’ first postseason berth. Randolph (11-5) is headed for the Division 2 South tourney after back-to-back six-win seasons the previous two years. Their historic season has been defined by their devotion to a friend who life was cut short, Tommy Hoang, a three-sport athlete at the high school who died in a snowboarding accident in March.
I’m so proud of my friends in high school. Tommy’s death affected us all and they helped rally together and make something special for him.
May 14th, 1997 - infinity. You will forever be in our hearts and you will forever soar above us. You don’t have an end date Tommy. And you never will because you are great enough to be infinite. I miss you.