Joe Lewandoski
Basketball, Soccer, Baseball
Inducted in 2002
Joe was a three-sport standout at SHS from 1949 to 1953 where he earned 12 varsity letters.  He was an excellent soccer and baseball player, but it was his basketball career that was truly exemplary.  Called by his coach “the best all-around basketball player at Suffield High School,” Joe could do everything—offense, defense, rebound, shoot, pass and play the post.  In an era when high school basketball scores were typically in the mid-40’s, Joe became the first 1000-point scorer in Suffield history.  He scored a career total of 1197 points including 420 points in his senior year.  During this time, he led Suffield to 4 straight winning records (59-28 overall) and 4 straight State Tournament appearances.  In 3 of those 4 years, Suffield lost to the eventual champions, including a heartbreaking 52-47 overtime loss to Stafford in the 1953 State Finals.

Following high school graduation, Joe attended Suffield Academy for a year of post graduate study and continued his athletic prominence.  Remarkably, he played football for the first time in his athletic career.  Also, while playing varsity basketball, he set the then single game scoring record of 41 points for Suffield Academy.  He later attended Springfield College playing soccer and basketball for one year when a nagging knee injury prematurely ended his athletic career.