There wasn’t much that Dave McDowell
couldn’t do on any athletic field or court.
The 1970 Stoneham High graduate
excelled on the football and baseball fields and the basketball court.
The winner of the Marty Jordan Award for the Thanksgiving Day Game
against Reading, quarterback McDowell threw two touchdown passes in
victories over Cambridge Rindge & Latin and Watertown High.
In basketball he was a scoring
machine, with games scoring 28, 32, 18, 29, 34 points and a 40-point
game in a win over Belmont that tied an all-time school record set in
1952 by Harry Melanson and Fred Anderson.
As Captain of the SHS baseball team,
Don McGillicuddy relied on McDowell’s right arm often, with McDowell
rewarding him with consecutive wins over Wakefield, a 9-5 win, and a 1-0
win over Reading. He also threw a shutout against Lexington in a 3-0
win that saw Stoneham win the first 11 of 12 games that season.
Combining with twin brother Paul for a
2-1 win over Woburn, 1500 fans at Recreation Park watched McDowell
defeat Winchester to win the Middlesex League Championship and eliminate
Winchester from the State Tournament.
For his athletic efforts, McDowell was
named Outstanding Male Athlete for the Class of 1970.
Dave currently resides in Peabody.