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Athletics Hall of Fame

Ayla Brown '06

Class of 2016
Cross Country, Basketball, Softall

Ayla Brown was a three sport varsity star from the moment she entered Nobles as an eighth grader in 2001. That year, Ayla made the varsity Cross-Country team and made an immediate impact. She was named All-ISL and Class B All-New England. She was also All-ISL in 2002 and 2003. Ayla ran cross country under Mark Sheeran for four years. She also played softball from 2001-2005 and earned All-ISL and Class B All-New England as a first baseman. She loved cross-country and softball, but Ayla’s heart has always been on the basketball court.

Ayla is the most dominant basketball player in Nobles history. She was one of the team’s best players from the moment she joined the program as an eighth grader earning All-ISL and All-New England recognition all five years. Ayla was voted ISL MVP and Globe All-Scholastic her junior and senior year, and she was a two-time Gatorade Player of the Year in Massachusetts. She set two school records with 1,440 career rebounds and 2,358 career points. She is also the 6th highest scorer in Massachusetts history among girls and 13th overall. Those totals were limited during her senior year when she left to compete on American Idol, where she finished in 13th place.

Coach Alex Gallagher recalls, “Ayla is arguably the most ferocious competitor I have ever been lucky enough to coach. Her drive, her work ethic and her commitment to lead our program left a lasting legacy that is hard to put into words. Her accomplishments continue to attract strong student-athletes to Nobles and for that we will be forever grateful.” She was also a two-year captain and won three straight ISL Championships starting in her sophomore year. Those three titles began a streak of 13 straight titles that continues to this day.

After she graduated from Nobles, Ayla continued her basketball career at Boston College. Much like the beginning of her career at Nobles, she made an immediate impact tallying the second highest points-per-game total on the team. She played and started all four years at BC accumulating 880 points and averaging 5.2 rebounds per game. During her time at Boston College she was named to the ACC All-Freshman Honorable Mention Team, and was an ACC All-Academic player. 

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2016 Hall of Fame Ayla Brown '06