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Two Inductees to the 2014 Athletic Hall of Fame

Stoneleigh-Burnham School will induct two alumnae, Sonya Lamonakis ‘93, the #1 ranked Women’s Professional Heavyweight Boxer in the U.S., and Emily Kiablick ‘97, head lacrosse coach at Wheaton College, into the SBS Athletic Hall of Fame.

The induction ceremony will be held Sat., Sept. 27 at Stoneleigh-Burnham School in Greenfield, MA. The inductees were chosen for their outstanding contributions to athletics during their time at Stoneleigh-Burnham or in life thereafter.

In addition, SBS will induct four equestrian athletes into the Equestrian Wall of Fame on Sept. 27.

SBS Athletic Director Annie Kandel said, “We are so proud of the post-graduation accomplishments of these two athletes. It is the job of coaches and educators to help students achieve success in school, but equally important to prepare them for success in their lives after high school as well. These two are shining examples of how a great co-curricular program can vault girls into triumph in their adult lives.”

Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee Sonya LamonakisSonya Lamonakis ‘93 – Professional Boxer

Sonya “the Scholar” Lamonakis is ranked the #1 Women’s Professional Heavyweight Boxer in the United States and #3 in the world. She is working to compete for the World Title in heavyweight boxing. She is the New York State 2014 Heavyweight Champion.

Lamonakis was a standout athlete at SBS in 1992-1993 as a post-graduate student. Her specialty sport was softball. She went on to play college softball at Mitchell College in New London, CT and then Springfield College in Springfield, MA, where she helped her team get to the USA National College Championship Tournament.

After college, Lamonakis worked out at a gym in Springfield, MA and was discovered in 2003 as a boxing talent. After three months of training, she had her first fight. By 2005, she was invited to train at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn, NY. She moved to New York City and began her professional career. She is the first woman to be signed by boxing promoter and producer Lou Dibella.

In addition to being a professional boxer, she is also a New York City school teacher. Lamonakis holds a bachelor’s degree in speech therapy from Springfield College, and two master’s degrees, one in education from American International College in Springfield, MA and another in special education from Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, NY.

Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee Emily KiablickEmily Kiablick ‘97 – Head Coach, Women’s Lacrosse

Emily Kiablick has been named the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) and The Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC) Coach of the Year twice in her college coaching career. She has been the head women’s lacrosse coach at Wheaton College in Norton, MA since 2009 and was previously head coach at Roger William College in Bristol, RI for six years. In 2014, Kiablick led her Wheaton team to the NEWMAC Tournament Title and a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tournament appearance. The final record of 14-7 overall was the second best in the program’s history.

At SBS, Kiablick was a standout athlete in soccer and lacrosse. She went on to play four seasons of both sports at Springfield College in Springfield, MA where she was a captain in both lacrosse and soccer. She was named to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-New England Team and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) All-Star.

Inductions into the SBS Athletic Hall of Fame and Equestrian Wall of Fame are made every other year. The schedule of events for Sat., Sept. 27 is as follows:

4:30 p.m. Panel discussion with inductees
6:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. Dinner and awards ceremony