The story of the “62 Team” really began six years earlier in the old elementary school on William Street. Under Coach Blackwell’s early leadership starting with Saturday morning workouts at the elementary School and ultimately at the High School, a championship team was formed over the ensuing six years.
Coach Blackwell was a stern task master who believed in setting high standards – on and off the court. We benefited from his passion and respect for the game. He believed in physical conditioning, using set plays, playing tough defense and running the fast break whenever the situation presented itself - the team once scored 40 points in an 8 minute quarter against Canandaigua.
Many of the team’s basic skills and ability to work as a team were developed in pickup games throughout the years on the asphalt courts behind the elementary school or Boeheim’s Funeral Home.
All the physical conditioning and structured practices definitely paid big dividends as the “62 Team” only lost three games in their junior and senior years combined while playing in a higher classification. The lone loss in 1962 occurred against East Rochester in the Section V Class AA finals. Both were 20-0 and the game went into double overtime with East Rochester winning 58-57. There was a record War Memorial crowd at that time of nearly 10,000 who witnessed a truly memorable game.
Underclassmen played more than a supporting role in the team’s success and subsequently went on to achieve successful years as upperclassmen.
The players on the “62 Team” have gone on to lead successful lives due in part to the discipline and structure developed during their years at Lyons High School.
In conclusion, the “62 Team” is proud to be inducted into the Lyons High School Athletic Hall of Fame and we would like to thank the Committee for this honor.