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December 25, 1922 - CRESCENTS DEFEAT LORDSHIP TOSSERS: The Crescents won their 8th victory of the season at the expense of the Lordship basketball five Wednesday night at the Boys' club gym by the score of 18 to 7. Montanaro and Blake starred for the winners each counting three times each from the center, while Iassonga starred for Lordship.

February 20, 1924: LORDSHIP TO PLAY LONG HILL: The Lordship basketball team will journey to Long Hill on Friday where they will meet the Long Hill Big Five the game will be played in firehouse. The lineups follow:

March 27, 1924 - LORDSHIPS BEAT ITALIAN LEGION IN SERIES TILT: The Lordship basketball team won the first game in its series with the Italian Catholic Legion at the Y.W.C.A. last night by an 18 to 13 score. Messerole was the star of the contest. The Kossuth High girls defeated the Lordship misses, 20 to 12, in the preliminary game. The score of the big game follows:

October 29, 1924 - LORDSHIP FIVE WINS IN PRACTICE BATTLE: The Lordship basketball team held a practice game in the State Armory Monday night, defeating the National Guard team by a 25 to 13 score. The play of Gil Messerole featured. The Lordship team includes: Lynch and Cassidy, forwards; Messerole, center: Delmore and Stevens, guards.

November 28, 1924 - LORDSHIP TO PLAY FAIRFIELD: Fairfield Will Play First Game of Season Against Lordship Quintet: With the season only opening Saturday night for the American Legion basketball team, Manager Harry Carr is booking games so fast for the month of December that it is difficult to keep pace with him. The opening game is with the fast Lordship five. The line up for the game Saturday night follows:

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November 30, 1924: Stratford Basketball team protests Fairfield decision: Near riotous scenes and a protestation of the work of the official in charge marked the finish of the basketball game last evening in Sherman Hall in Fairfield between Fairfield American Legion team and Lordship Big Five. The score was 23 -21, in favor of Fairfield. Manager Fred Biebel of the Lordship Five immediately protested the game declaring that Referee Petrino, who called the almost unheard of total of 64 fouls during the evening, had favored Fairfield and had displayed continued partiality and unfairness. The play during the evening was featured by the work of Cafferty and Delmore of Lordship and Bedell and Eckert of Fairfield. Report of Petrino’s general conduct as official of last nights game and his ignorance of the playing code are to be brought before the Fairfield County Association of Approved Basketball Officials and a set of charges preferred.

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December 6, 1924: LORDSHIP TEAM LOOKING FOR GAMES: The Lordship Big Five has opened its basketball season and is about to play any teams in the state on opponents courts. The locals claim to be in a class with the Bridgeport Kaceys, Bridgeport YMHA, Stratford Legion, Fairfield Legion and Norwalk Red Men. Playing under the name, Blessed Sacraments, Lordship defeated the Stratford Legion 18 to 11 and later lost to the Fairfield Legion 23 to 21. For games address Manager Fred J. Biebel. Lordship Railway, Hollister Avenue, Bridgeport.

January 3, 1925 - STEVENS AND WHITE STAR FOR LORDSHIP: Stevens and White were the stars of the Lordship Separate 51 to 4 victory over the Hollywood five. Both players totaled 29 of their teams points. Stevens making 15 and White 14.

January 23, 1925 - DE MOLAY QUINTET DEFEATS LORDSHIP 5 IN FAST 34-24 TILT: Bridgeport DeMolay quintet defeated the strong Lordship five last night by a 34 to 24 score at the Casino. The game was a hard fought battle throughout, the score at the half being 18 to 11 in favor of the local five. Skerritt and Clinton starred for the victors while Schine and Messerole featured for the Lordship team.

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November 21, 1924 - LORDSHIP GIRLS PLAY TOMORROW: The Lordship Girls' basketball team will play the Community Lassies in a preliminary battle at the K. of C. hall tomorrow night. The game will start at 7:30 with the Lordship team being composed of Nina Bedell, Winifred Smith, Marion Cushman, Minnie Phelan, Esther Corgan, Olive Phelan and Leona Smith. Minnie Phelan is captain of the team which expects to make a strong bid for championship honors and hopes to play the Park City later in the year.

December 17, 1924 - The Lordship Girls basketball team plays the Mohawks Monday evening at the opening of the league series at the City gymnasium. The Lordship team defeated the Mohawks by a score of 8-7.

January 5, 1925 - CATHOLIC COMMUNITY-LORDSHIP CONTEST WILL BE FEATURE OF CITY LEAGUE TILTS TONIGHT: The Catholic Community-Lordship girls' game should be the feature of the City League program at the Stratford Avenue gym tonight. Three teams are tied for the leadership of the circuit. The Park City and Community teams have won two games and have played a tie while the Lordships have scored in both games in which they participated.

February 16, 1925 - FINAL COURT CONTESTS IN GIRLS' CITY LEAGUE WILL BE BATTLED OUT TONIGHT: With the exception of a play-off of a tie game between the Park City and Catholic Community girls the final games In the City Basketball League will be played at the Stratford Avenue gym tonight. The City Champions and the Catholic Community misses will meet in their title battle on March 3. The Park Citys are heading the circuit with a one game lead over the Catholic Community, who can only win the championship if the titleholders lose tonight and drop the play off contest. It is hardly probable that the Park Citys will lose tonight as they face the weak Lordship team. The Catholic Communitys will play the Questions while the Mohawks will meet the Ramblers. The standing of the teams follows:

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Both Lordship teams lost key players during the season due to a Connecticut rule that high school players could play in another league during the high school season. The teams were forced to disband at the end of the season

LORDSHIP CHURCH MIDGET TEAM

APRIL 6, 1945: LORDSHIP BASKETBALL TEAM CHAMPION IN MIDGET CLASS: Coach Ferrios Five Bests Summerfield In The Final Meeting: Correspondent: Mrs. Willis Geist Newbold, 7-3814. Lordship items should be in the office not later than noon Monday: Championship in the Midget Division in the Stratford-Bridgeport Interchurch Basketball League has been brought to Lordship by the team of youngsters which was trained and coached during the fall and winter by Eugene Ferrio, 17 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. George Ferrio Jr., of 214 Washington Parkway. He is a senior in Stratford High School with a pronounced penchant for sports whether indoor of out. Last summer he was instructor at the Lordship Playground. The contest was the Tenth Annual Gold Medal competition. Not only did the Lordship tossers bring the team trophy home, but each member is proudly wearing the miniature gold basketball provided for the individuals. It was designed especially to be worn upon a tie clasp. The Lordship boys met every team in their class with such success that the windup of the season found them tied with the Summerfield Methodist Church team. Lordship and Summerfield each won and lost a game. On the play-off Lordship took Summerfield into camp. Members of the Lordship team include Orloff and Smith, forwards; Guckert and Weidman, centers; Henderson and Tuscaeff, guards.

March 18, 1949: LORDSHIP CHURCH TEAM WINS BASKETBALL CUP: Lordship Church won the Sterling House Intermediate Basketball League this week edging MMF Juniors 25-22 in overtime. Medals will go to Dave Burns, Russ Sherman, Charlie Lawton, Ken Swift, Bill Swift, Pat Gallagher, Lindy Marinaccio and Don Comlish.

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October 1, 1948 - YOUTH GROUP PLANS BASKETBALL TEAM: The Lordship Youth Organization basketball team has been holding informal practices for the past two weeks on the outdoor court next to the Lordship School. The team is looking forward to its first year on the court after having had a successful baseball season. The workouts have been attended by George Tuscaeff, Conny Orloff, Ray Doyle, Dick Henderson, Harold Weidman, Gene Ferrio, Bob Griffin, Delbert Theiman, Don Wray, Tony Malafronte and Larry Toronto.

January 14, 1949: LORDSHIP YOUTH GROUP WINS: The Lordship Youth Organization captured their game in the town sponsored basketball second round Wednesday at Legion Hall. Sterling House gave Lordship a scare, but thanks to some accurate shooting by Gene Ferrio and Ray Doyle, Lordship won a 32 to 22 decision. George Tuscaeff of the Lordship Youth club has joined the service and enlisted in the Army. He will be missed by the Lordship club.

April 8, 1949: LORDSHIP WON SEVEN: The Lordship Youth Organization basketball team recently ended the season with a record of seven victories and five defeats and also placed third in the Senior Town Recreation League. Members of the team, coached by Gene Ferrio, included Harold Weidman, Ray Doyle, Dick Henderson, Bob Griffin, Joe Wallenta, Alex Accardi, Dave Burns, George Tuscaeff, Tony Malafronte and Paul Correia. They were managed by Conny Orloff.

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April 3, 1952: OUR HOOP CHAMPS: The Lordship School basketball team won the Stratford Junior High School basketball championship recently by defeating Garden School, last years champs in a play-off game, the score being 30 to 21. Ed Brighindi and Jim Klosek led their teams to victory by scoring 17 and 11 points respectively. Brighindi also led the team in total scoring for the season by amassing 206 points in 13 games with a 15.8 point average per game. Klosek ended up second by scoring 159 points in 13 games with a 12.2 point average per game. Other members of the team which was coached by Gene Ferrio included Ed Soldi, Don Kaiser, Mac Ottaway, Bill Robinson and Bob Young. The Lordship team by winning 12 games and losing only one will be presented with trophies by the Stratford PAL.

March 14, 1952: The Stratford Gra-Y basketball games, which are played each Saturday at the Wilcoxson School gym, found highly rated Lordship Gra-Y being upset by Eli Whitney Gra-Y by a score of 21-18. Bob Zima paced the attack with 11 points; while Ted Johnson and Bob Ihrke scored 10 and 8 points respectively for the losers. The loss by Lordship gives Stonybrook at least a tie for the league title and any combination of a win by Stonybrook or a loss by either Lordship of Eli Whitney, will give Stonybrook the title. The Lordship Jr. Hi-Y traveled to Bridgeport to meet an undefeated Stratfield Jr. Hi-Y team and bowed to Stratfield by a 67-32 count. Although Lordship played a hard and scrappy game, the Stratfield team has too much experience and height for them. Bill Robinson and John Stratton played well for Lordship with Robinson scoring 13 points and Stratton scoring 10.

OUR LADY OF PEACE CYO

March 19, 1959: OUR LADY OF PEACE CYO CHAMPS: In their first year of league competition the Lordship Our Lady of Peace CYO team captured the Stratford-Shelton CYO Intermediate League championship. Under the guidance of Coach Dan McCourt they swept through the league suffering only one setback. Team members were Fred Williams, Bob Markis, Jack Olexovitch who led the team in scoring; Ed Canelli, Bill Hovan, George Roberge, John Baroni, John Staffaroni and Tom Marranzino.

February 18, 1965: OUR LADY OF PEACE SPLIT A PAIR: Our Lady of Peace split two games last weekend in the CYO High School East League to square their seasons average at 8 wins and 8 losses. Losing a squeaker on Saturday to St. Ambrose 46 to 43 in the closing minutes of the contest, the Stratford five came back on Sunday afternoon to defeat Holy Rosary of Bridgeport 52 to 40. The Sunday victory, an upset over third place Holy Rosary, proved the effectiveness and teamwork for Our Lady of Peace.

April 4, 1968: OLP CYO TEAM FINISHES SEASON: Charles Burke, Physical Director at Our Lady of Peace School, reports the basketball team has just completed a most successful season. Dan McCoarts charges ended their regular season winning 10 games and losing six. In two tournaments they won two games and lost two, for an overall record of 12 wins and eight losses. The boys Tom Gerrity, Kevin Foley, Charlie Egan, Jim Bruno, Brien Burke, Jackie Grant, Dan Pengue, Ed Rooney, Frank Najpauer, Ed Cummings, Paul McNichol and Jim Keating will be honored at a Father and Son Communion Breakfast to be held at Our Lady of Peace Hall on April 21st.

January 9, 1969: OUR LADY OF PEACE CAPTURES SHEEHAN BASKETBALL TOURNEY: Our Lady of Peace Parochial School basketball team recently captured the B Division Championship of the fourth Annual Cardinal Sheehan Holiday Basketball Tournament at the Archbishop Sheehan Center. In winning the crown, OLOP cagers ran off three straight victories downing St. John Nepomucne of Bridgeport 59-18, edging St. Joseph of Bridgeport 23-15 and besting St. Andrew of Bridgeport 37-33 in the title contest. Outstanding both offensively and defensively for the local five were Jim Keating, Jack Grant, Tom Gerrity, Kevin Foley and Frank Najpauer. Our Lady of Peace coached by Dan McCoart and assisted by Charles Burke and Jim Bruno is currently leading the Metropolitan Basketball league with a perfect 5-0 mark.

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March 27, 1969 - OUR LADY OF PEACE 5 ARE RUNNERS-UP: Our Lady of Peace grammar school basketball recently concluded their season with a splendid overall record of 21 wins and only five setbacks, a league championship and a runner-up spot in the Diocesan Tournament. The local hoopsters completed in the Metropolitan Bridgeport Diocese Basketball league this past season and finished in championship fashion as they swept to the league title in this their first year in the loop. The charges of Coach Dan McCoart concluded league play with a perfect 160 mark to take the laurels by two full games over runner up St. Andrews of Trumbull. They downed St. Andrew in the final regular season contest. By virtue of winning the league crown, they earned the right to compete in the Diocesan tourney which was held last week at the Sheehan Center in Bridgeport. Our Lady of Peace first handed St. Josephs of Trumbull a 34-28 setback to eliminate them from further tournament competition and then mover into the finals against St. Theresas of Trumbull. In their own win over St. Josephs the locals exhibited a devastating fast break triggered by guards Jim Bruno and Brian Burke. Coupled with Ed Rooneys accurate shooting and the rebounding punch of Kevin Foley, Jim Keating and Tom Gerrity, the local lads proved too much. OLOP enjoyed period edges of 8-2, 16-13 and 25-14. With the only three points separating the teams at the half the winners broke open the contest early in the third period behind Rooney and Gerrity and outscored St. Joes 9-4 in the final session to put the game out of reach. The losers closed the gap to three points 31-28 late in the fourth period but OLOP spurted again to their final margin of victory. Rooney and Gerrity both tallied 12 points apiece. St. Theresa gained the finals by routing St. Josephs of Danbury. In the title game Our Lady of Peace managed to stay close in the early going before St. Theresas definite height advantage proved too much for them. They ended the year on a losing note 46-33. However things were not all bleak included in the seasons ledger was a victory in the Sheehan Center Christmas Tournament B Division.

April 1, 1973 - OUR LADY OF PEACE GAINS N.E. CYO TOURNEY FINALS: The Our Lady of Peace CYO basketball team won two games yesterday in the New England CYO High School tournament at the Brookline Massachusetts high school gymnasium. The Stratford parish, two-time Bridgeport Diocesan champions, defeated St. Mary of Claremant, N.H., 82-68, in a morning quarterfinal round game and then eliminated St. John the Baptist, of Portland, Me., 77-57, in the night semi-finals. Our Lady of Peace, runner-up for the New England crown last year, will play for the title at 3 pm today at CYO Headquarters, Brookline, against the winner of last night's other game between New Britain and Springfield. Against the Portland quintet, Brian Swaller and Charlie Egan led the way with 20 and 15 points, respectively. Brian Burke and Ed Staron added 13 apiece. Coach Bob Costello's club enjoyed quarter leads of 18-10, 38-24 and 60-46. OLOP, which now shows a 16-3 season's record, out rebound St. John, 51-34, with Egan grabbing 17 and Staron 14; Egan also blocked nine shots, Staron, an All-MBIAC gridder from Kolbe, tossed in 21 points in the win over St. Mary. He was aided by Burke (17) and Egan (16), Swaller (14) and Ed Rooney (10) also reached twin digits for the winners who showed a 52-48 rebounding edge. The winners put the game on ice early, jumping out to a 23-12 first period lead. They led 41-24 at intermission and 60-48 entering the final quarter.

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April 2, 1973: AREA TEAMS BEATEN IN CYO TOURNAMENT: BROOKLINE, MASS. - St. Maurice of New Britain held off a furious come-back charge by Our Lady of Peace yesterday to score a 60-53 win in the championship game of the New England CYO High School Basketball tournament at CYO headquarters here. Trailing by as many as 18 points early in the third period, Our Lady of Peace fought back to tie the game at 48-all with 3:30 left to play. St. Maurice, which knocked off Norwich and Springfield by 17 points each in earlier tourney games, then tallied seven straight markers for a 55-48 edge with 1:49 to play. However, Ed Staron canned a 15-footer and Brian Swaller tallied a three-point play, bringing the Stratford parish to within two points, 55-53, with a minute to go. Then Bob Brocker and Bill Evans, who combined for 30 points, led the New Britain club to its title by scoring the last five points of the game. Our Lady of Peace the Bridgeport Diocesan champion and runner-up in the New England event for the second straight year, trailed 20-10, 36-20 and 45-36 at the quarter breaks. Coach Bob Costello's club lost starter Ed Rooney via foul disqualification in the second period after 6'4 center Charlie Egan was ejected. OLOP was also hurt by seven technical fouls in the first half. With Swaller, the game's top scorer with 23, Staron and Brian Burke leading the way, Our Lady of Peace fought back in the second half to close the spread. Staron added 13 points and Burke 11. Swaller and Staron were named to the all-tournament team. Our Lady of Peace finished with a 16-4 record.

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LORDSHIP COMMUNITY CHURCH BASKETBALL TEAM

September 30, 1965: LORDSHIP COMMUNITY CHURCH PRACTICES: The Lordship Community Church intermediate basketball team will begin preseason practice tonight from 7 to 9 pm at Johnson Junior High School. They will participate in the YMCA Inter-Church Basketball League. The team is coach by Ted Johnson who has compiled a 14 and 7 record over the past two years. Last years team had a 7 and 2 league record which earned them a berth in the league playoffs. Lordship has eight of the 11 players returning plus two new men. The team lost last years starting center Lou Dempsey and playmaker Harry Spencer. However, last years leading rebounder Keith Werwin (15 rebounds per game) and leading scorer Bob Baird (14.8 points per game) are returning. This year the team should be the tallest in the league as it features four men over 6 feet and two men at 5 foot 11 inches. Lordships biggest men are Chuck Wajicki who stands 6 foot 5 and Keith Werwin at 6 foot 3. Greg Ward, last years number two man in rebounds and Bob Baird are both 6 feet tall. Russ Ward and Jim Fagan each are 5 foot 11. The churchmen have an array of backcourt talent in Jim McNerney, Walt Powell and Tom Keenan. Coach Johnson has two able reserves in Bob Snyder and Alex Baird. Lordship led the league in scoring last year averaging 57.8 points per game while limiting their opponents to 37.6 points per game.

January 20, 1966: LORDSHIP TAKES THREE: In Church League action last week the Lordship Community Church won three of four games. The midgets (3 and 2) suffered a 25-22 setback at the hands of West End Sunday School. The intermediates (4 and 1 in the league and 9 and 1 overall) overwhelmed St. Marks Lutheran 80-38. The senior team (4 and 1) subdued St. Dimitries 68-48. The intermediate team captured the Inter-Church Christmas Invitational Tournament recently by trouncing Zion Lutheran 82-31 behind the 22 point scoring of Ed Wojcicki. Keith Werwin added 18 to help the winners cause. In the finals Lordship mauled Our Lady of Peace 82-46 as Keith Werwin and Bob Baird led the winners with 22 and 17 points respectively. In the first league game after vacation Lordship easily out pointed Zion Lutheran 69-29. This was followed by a 79-21 victory of Covenant Congregational. Lordship made it six in a row by trouncing Stratford Baptist 119-69.

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March 10, 1966: LCC TO PLAY ZION FOR TITLE: The Lordship Community intermediate basketball team will play AME Zion Methodist this Saturday at 7 pm in the Bridgeport YMCA for the league championship. Lordship and St. Johns Episcopal met in the last regular season game with both teams sporting eight and one league records and fighting to gain a first place tie with AME Zion. LCC jumped out to a quick 13-3 lead at the quarter and rolled to a 37-14 halftime advantage as it controlled the battle of the boards. The third quarter was Lordship ahead 55-27 and the final score was 68-37. The winners were lead by Bob Bairds 21 points. He was closely followed by Keith Werwin with 17 points, Walt Powell with 16 points and Ed Wojcicki with 10 points. The win gave LCC a nine and one league mark before the start of the play-off. In the drawing for position in the play-off Lordship drew Greek Holy Trinity, a team that had defeated them earlier in the season. St. Johns Episcopal drew AME Zion. AME Zion rolled over St. Johns 44-20 while Lordship fought back from behind to topple the Greeks 48-36. Keith Werwin and Bob Baird combined for 37 points (19 and 18 respectively) as they led Lordship. Ed Wojcicki controlled the boards while Walt Powell and Jim McNerney broke the Greeks man-to-man full court press with fancy ball handling. This win the teams 12th straight gave Lordship a 10 and 1 league record and a 15 and 1 overall mark.

December 1, 1966: LCC NETMEN OPEN SEASON: The Lordship Community intermediate basketball team will open its season Saturday night against Zion Lutheran 7 pm at the Bridgeport YMCA. Lordship finished second in the league last year with an overall record of 16 and 3. The entire 1965-66 team will return, but this season will be the last for many of the players. In pre-season play the team swept through four games without a loss. Leading scorers during these games were Bob Baird (25.2), Ed Wojcicki (18.6), Greg Ward (18.0) and Walt Powell (13.0). This years team is bolstered by several new players. The Ward brothers, Greg and Russ are expected to supply ample scoring punch and the rebounding of Scott Davidson will present a strong defense to LCC opponents. The starting lineup is unsettled with battles going on for many positions. In the front court last years starters, Keith Werwin (6 foot 4) and Ed Wojcicki (6 foot 5) have been challenged by Greg Ward (6 foot 0) and Scott Davidson (6 foot 0) with Tom Fagan in reserve. Bob Baird (6 foot 1), Russ Ward (5 foot 11), Walt Powell (5 foot 8) and Jim McNerney (5 foot 8) are staging battles for the starting guard berths. Bob Snyder and George Baird provide back court reserve. After the opening contest, Lordship will play Greek Holy Trinity and St. Johns Episcopal before the Holiday recess. The team will also participate in the annual Christmas Invitational Basketball Tournament, December 20 to 22 at the First Methodist Church gym in Bridgeport.

March 30, 1967 - LORDSHIP FIVE PLAYS FOR DIVISION TITLE SATURDAY: The Lordship Community Church Intermediate Basketball team A Division champs will play the First Hungarian Church B Division champs for the Inter-Church Intermediate championship at 8:30 pm Saturday in the Bridgeport YMCA gym. Lordship will start a veteran lineup in its final game. Bob Baird will start at one forward spot. During the regular season he averaged 20 points per game good enough to win him the league scoring title. Keith Werwin will hold down the other forward position and will bring along his 18.2 point per contest average. Ed Wojocki will play center with Walt Powell, Jim McNerney and Tom Keenan handling the guard jobs. Greg Ward and Scott Davidson a pair of six foot forwards are ready to step in if needed. Tom Fagan, Bob Snyder and George Baird round out the roster. In Lordships final game of the regular season it trounced Zion Lutheran 68-51, Keith Werwin scored 30 points and jumped for a record 37 rebounds. Lordship ended league play unblemished 12-0.

December 21, 1967 - LCC WINS IN OVETIME 54 TO 48: The Lordship Community Church Senior Basketball team made it three straight Sunday as they edged West End Sunday School 54-48 in overtime. Lordship rallied from a third quarter deficit of 40 to 33 to tie the game 45 to 45 at the end of regulation play. LCC trailed throughout most of the game and had to rely on some clutch foul shooting in the extra stanza to pull out the victory. Lordship jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead only to see West End prevail 10-4 at the end of the first period. With the score 12-6 in favor of West End Lordship took advantage of several turnovers to take a short lived 13-12 advantage. The losers got in foul trouble early in the second quarter and Lordship took advantage of the situation to grab a 21-20 halftime edge. LCC was paced by Jack Halkovic and Bill Dolyak each with six points in the first half. Dolyak had nine rebounds to lead all players in rebounding at intermission. Larry Williams led West End with nine points in the first half. The third quarter saw West End surge in front as Lordship was unable to generate momentum. The quarter ended 40-33 in favor of West End. Despite having the seven point lead the Sunday Schoolers were in foul trouble and were in jeopardy of losing their two leading players George Wiles and Larry Williams. In the fourth quarter LCC quickly spurted to a 42-40 lead only to have West End come back to tie the score at 42-42. Lordship regained the lead of 45-44 with 12 seconds left but West End had possession. Wiles was fouled and converted to tie the game as time ran out. In the three minute overtime Jack Halkovic scored on a driving lay-up to give Lordship a fast 47-45 lead only to see West End grab the lead at 48-47 with 1:05 left. With 57 second left, Bob Baird converted both ends of a one-and-one situation as Lordship regained the lead 49-48. West End missed their next two shots and were overly aggressive in chasing the ball and fouled Sarosky and Halkovic who canned free throws to increase the margin to 52-48 with 21 seconds remaining. In desperation West End missed another shot and fouled Baird who once again converted two shots to close out the scoring. It was a costly overtime for the losers as three players fouled out. Once again Lordship was outscored from the floor but converted 20 foul shots to only four for the losers. This spelled the difference. Jack Halkovic led Lordship with 16, while Bob Baird and Bill Dolyak added 14 each. Bill Sarosky chipped in with 10 points to aid the winners attack. Williams and Wiles led the losers with 17 and 11 points respectively. Bill Dolyak led LCC with 11 rebounds while Baird and Ed Wojocki each garnered seven to give the winners a 37-35 rebounding edge. Lordship played the game without its coach Ed Brighindi whose wife gave birth to a baby boy last week.

March 14, 1968: LORDSHIP LOSES OVERTIME FINALE TO AERIE 85-81: The Lordship Community Church Senior basketball team dropped a heart-breaking defeat to perennial league champion Mt. Aerie Baptist 85-81 in overtime last Saturday at the Bridgeport YMCA gym. By virtue of the win the Baptist copped the league championship. With the score tied 74-74 at the conclusion of regulation play, Mt. Aerie ran off six straight points and the local team could not recover. The game was a high scoring tilt as both teams exhibited deadly shooting performances from the floor. The LCC five jumped off to an early 4-0 lead, but Mt. Aerie tied the score 6-6 with three minutes to play in the quarter. At this point the fast breaking Lordship offense clicked off 10 straight points to assume a 16-6 lead with less than a minute left. The Baptists came roaring back to close the gap to six, 16-10 as the quarter ended. The second period was nip and tuck in the early minutes as Lordship held a slim two point 20-18 edge. In the last four minutes of the first half LCC went into a more deliberate style of play as they worked for the good shot. This maneuver paid off handsomely as the charges of Coach Ed Brighindi enjoyed a seven point 28-21 lead at intermission. The local five was paced by Jack Halkovic and Bill Sarosky with eight points apiece while Art Young and Toney led the Baptist attack. The second half began with a bang. Lordship went into a 2-1-2 zone press and forced Mt. Aerie into numerous turnovers which were converted into points. They ran off 10 straight points to build up a 17 point lead 38-21 with 6:15 remaining. Despite such a healthy lead the time was sufficient as far as the Baptists were concerned. Lordship suddenly went cold from the floor and Mt. Aerie slowly pecked away at the lead as Young started to score easily. The quarter ended with Mt. Aerie holding the upper hand 47-46. Sarosky led Lordship with eight third quarter tallies. Young countered with 12 for the winners. The last quarter was a high scoring one as both teams took turns at holding the lead. The pace was extremely hectic and marred by numerous fouls. Lordship led by four 54-50 with 5:00 to play in the tilt, but Mt. Aerie stormed back to go in front 60-58 with three minutes left. From this point until the final 40 seconds the Baptist held the lead. With Mt. Aerie ahead by six, 74-68 and only 40 seconds to play, Jack Halkovic put on a tremendous individual performance. Halkovic scored on a diving lay-up to bring the score to 74-70 with 33 seconds left. Mt. Aerie brought the ball up court where Bill Sarosky intercepted a pass. He fed the breaking Halkovic for a basket as LCC narrowed the margin to 74-72 with 25 seconds to play. Mt. Aerie was then fouled and Manny Burton missed with Bill Dolyak clearing the boards. Lordship once again looked to Halkovic and he hit to knot the score at 74-74 with 21 seconds to go. Mt. Aerie took a shot and missed. Ed Wojcicki retrieved the ball and called time with a mere 14 seconds of playing time remaining. LCC brought the ball in play and with only eight seconds left lost the ball on a back pass. Mt. Aerie could not get off a shot and the game went into overtime. The overtime period saw the winners rattle off six straight points as they assumed a commanding lead and won the league title. Lordship was paced by their one-two punch of Jack Halkovic and Bill Sarosky as they hit for 29 and 27 points respectively. Sarosky hit 13 of 16 free-throw attempts as he made a continued parade to the foul line. Mt. Aerie was led by Art Youngs 27 points and Anthony Toney chipped in with 22 marks. The loss gave LCC a final record of 9-3 while Mt. Aerie ended the year at 9-2.

March 21, 1968: LORDSHIP CLOSES YEAR WITH GOOD 9-3 RECORD: The Lordship Community Church Senior basketball team recently concluded a very successful season with a 9-3 mark. The team captured the Senior B Division with a 9-1 record but dropped the best two of three series to Mt. Aerie Baptist of the Senior A Division. This is only the third year that Lordship has had a team in the senior division and this marks the first campaign for most of the team. The team was coached by first year mentor Ed Brighindi. The year was marked by three overtime struggles with LCC emerging the victor twice. The season began with Lordship posting a 60-46 victory over Greek Holy Trinity. They followed it with a 58-55 victory over St. Georges Albanian. In their next game they rallied from a last quarter deficit and posted a 54-48 overtime win over West End Sunday School. The final first round game saw them defeat St. Johns ACR 61-50. The second round opened with Lordship running over three straight opponents as they upped their record to 7-0 and were one victory away from the second round title. In their final, over-confidence took its toll and they lost a 56-51 decision to St. Johns ACR. This created a three way tie for the round. The second round playoff saw Lordship defeat ACR 60-55 by breaking open a tie game in the last three minutes. The final playoff game was against West End Sunday School as LCC rallied to pull out a 68-65 overtime victory. The game was a real spine tingler as Lordship was down 60-56 with 15 seconds left in the regulation time, but rallied to tie it up and send it into overtime. The final series with Mt. Aerie Baptist was close as the Baptist copped the first meeting 62-53 with a late game flurry. LCC played without two of their starters. Mt. Aerie Baptist won the second game 85-81 in overtime. The LCC quintet was paced by Jack Halkovics 20.1 scoring average. He was followed closely by Bill Sarosky at 14.4 points a game. The leading rebounders on the team were Ed Wojcicki averaging 14 caroms per contest and Bill Dolyak averaging 12 rebounds a game.

March 21, 1968 : LORDSHIP COMMUNITY MIDGETS END SEASON: Aside from the two individual scoring leaders in Church League, the Stratford teams also had five other boys conclude the season with glossy averages. The Lordship Community midget team which ended the year with a 6-6 record was paced by Mike Gatzke. Mike was the third leading scorer in the midget division with an 11.7 average as he scored 128 points this season. His seasons high was 23 points against United Congregational on March 2. The Lordship Church also had another boy averaging double digits in the Junior League. Second to Ron Gatzke was Kevin Fagan. Kevins twin brother is the starting center for Stratford High. Kevin tallied 112 points in 11 games for a 10.2 average this past season. The 1967 to 1968 Church League season came to a halt last week with Stratfords two representatives in the play-offs being eliminated. Both the Stratford Methodist Midgets and the Lordship Community Juniors finished in second place this past season only to drop close tilts in the first round of play-off action. Despite the fact that neither team reached the finals, both teams did have a player who copped individual recognition. Ron Gatzke from Lordship Community captured the individual scoring title of the Junior Division. Gatzke grabbed the scoring lead early in the season and held the top spot throughout the campaign as he raced far out in front of the nearest competition to grab the championship.

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LORDSHIP SCHOOL INTRAMURAL BASKETBALL

January 22, 1975: LORDSHIP SCHOOL BEGINS INTRAMURAL BASKETBALL: Lordship School has begun its after school intramural basketball program according to Helen Barnish, principal and Richard Marconi, sixth grade teacher and coach. Boys in grades 4, 5 and 6 are participating in the program. The teams are: Knicks: Andy Nodine, captain; Jeff Willis, Jorge Amador, Pete Donohue, Lorin Beresnyak, John Kiely, Bob Buynovsky, Chris Abed and Jim Logan. Lakers: Tim Foley, captain; Stu Drost, Chris Brighindi, Bob Fry, John Wise, Bill Soldi, Jim Hutchinson, Steve Cusick, Bill Costello and Ed Mackowski. Celtics: John Rooney, captain; Paul Eldracher, Carl Iacamacci, Jeff Sammis, Bob Thomas, Fran Benloc, Russ Decerbo, Len Kovalik and Alan Kelly. Warriors: Chris Dunn, captain; John Abed, George Blazas, Pat Curran, Ed Kiely, Joe Aviles, Ed McGrath, Vin Atkins and Mark Kozloski. The first game of the season was played January 16th with the Lakes beating the Knicks 46-32. High scorer for the Lakers was Chris Brighindi with 24 points. The Knicks high scorer was Lorin Beresnyak with 18 points. Timekeeper for the game was Pat Geaney. Scorekeepers were Dan Brown and John Abed. Referees were Bob Massey and Brian Clemons.

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