Stoneham High School

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Athletic Hall of Fame

 
 


Inductees

 

Hall of Fame Inductees - Class of 2014


 

  Phil McLaughlin
1973 - Football & Basketball

 



Phil McLaughlin was a star on the gridiron. He was a three-year starter and played both ways at end. He was named honorable mention All-Star on the defensive squad of the 1972 Middlesex League Championship football team, but it was on the basketball court that Phil truly made his mark. He saw only minutes of varsity action his sophomore year, but some rigorous off-season work turned him into a 24 or 26 point and 20 rebound performer. McLaughlin had 363 points for 15 games that year.

“He’s got a very soft touch for a big, strong kid,” said head coach, the late Steven Conroy. He can hit the jumper from 15-18 feet out, but we also like to try and work it to him underneath.”

The 6’6” junior led the Spartans to an 18-0 Middlesex League Championship. Stoneham High became the Cinderella team of the new Eastern Mass Basketball Tournament as they pulled four upsets. In one of the most unbelievable comebacks in tournament history, the Stoneham High basketball team bounced back from an 18 point deficit to defeat Don Bosco 73-70 in the opening round. Phil had 22 points for the Spartans, with a hoop in the waning seconds of the game. The Spartans romped North Andover 66-48 in the second round.

When Stoneham faced Rindge Tech, the Suburban League Champions, Phil was the original one-man gang, as the Spartans moved to Boston Garden. He blocked shots, grabbed down 21 rebounds, and played great defense. McLaughlin hit 18 out of 19 from the floor and seven out of eight from the foul line for a new District II scoring record. Phil scored 43 points to lead Stoneham to a 67-61 victory. Rockland put an end to Stoneham’s state title hopes. Despite the loss, Phil took scoring honors in the game with 25 points despite the fact that he was double-teamed all night. His efforts earned him a spot on the 12-player All-New England squad where he dominated the boards and the scoring until he suffered an ankle injury in the first half against the Connecticut All-Stars.

Phil was named Division 2 MVP by Peter Gammons and was one of only two juniors named to the Middlesex League All-Star Team. He was selected as a Boston Globe, Herald, and Record-American All-Scholastic both junior and senior years. In addition, Phil was also selected to try out for the Boston Shootout.

Phil currently resides in Early Branch, South Carolina.
 

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