Stoneham High School

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1972 - 1973 Boys Basketball Team
1972 - 1973 Middlesex League Champs


In a town never known for its hoop supremacy, the 1972-1973 Stoneham High School boys basketball team remains the greatest hard court contingent in school history, a squad led by a pair of prolific seniors that would become the first and only Stoneham High basketball team to finish the Middlesex League schedule undefeated at 18-0.

Boasting such big men as Phil McLaughlin (6'6''), Frank Belcher (6'7''), Brian O'Donnell (6'5'') and Van Athanas (6'3''), the team also had a talented back court led by Joe Donahue, Carl Smith, John Lespasio and Bob Kwiatkowski.

The team was certainly not a two-man gang, but McLaughlin and Donahue proved to be integral parts to a squad led by gentle giant head coach Steve Conroy, the most successful hoop coach in SHS history during his twenty years at the helm.

Donahue led the team in scoring with 346 points, followed by McLaughlin's 309 points.  Smith and Lespasio tallied 125 and 106 points respectively, while team captain O'Donnell notched 98 points.

McLaughlin averaged 19.3 points per game (including a 23 point, 27 rebound game against Lexington and a 38 points 29 rebounds effort in the season finale against Reading) for the 1972-73 Blue and White.  Donahue was right behind, averaging 19.2 points per game (including 24 points and the game winning basket in a 60-59 overtime win again league nemesis Lexington).

Howie Bridges, John Vennochi, Bill Morley and Mike Burquist all provided depth and quality play from the bench during Stoneham's perfect season.  Team Managers Mike Sweet and Bob Parsons, along with Coaches Bob Tavenese and Bill Libardoni, also each contributed their efforts and basketball knowledge to the historic run.

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