Upon Further Review: Gate of Heaven Gators basketball team won Knights of Columbus Tournament in 1985


By Nick Wagner - [email protected]



The Gate of Heaven Gator won the Knights of Columbus Holiday Tournament in December 1985. From left, first row, Michael Farris, Joseph Patton, Gregory Stahovec and Jack Jones. Second row, coach D. Walutes, Anthony Finarelli, John Lukas, John Pieczynski, Stephen Gregor and coach A. Simon.


Lake-Lehman’s Sheryl Traver readies to take a shot against Millville during a girls basketball game against Millville in December 1975.



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    By Nick Wagner

    [email protected]

    The Gate of Heaven Gator won the Knights of Columbus Holiday Tournament in December 1985. From left, first row, Michael Farris, Joseph Patton, Gregory Stahovec and Jack Jones. Second row, coach D. Walutes, Anthony Finarelli, John Lukas, John Pieczynski, Stephen Gregor and coach A. Simon.
    http://mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_TDPhistoryGH.jpgThe Gate of Heaven Gator won the Knights of Columbus Holiday Tournament in December 1985. From left, first row, Michael Farris, Joseph Patton, Gregory Stahovec and Jack Jones. Second row, coach D. Walutes, Anthony Finarelli, John Lukas, John Pieczynski, Stephen Gregor and coach A. Simon.

    Lake-Lehman’s Sheryl Traver readies to take a shot against Millville during a girls basketball game against Millville in December 1975.
    http://mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_TDPhistoryTraver.jpgLake-Lehman’s Sheryl Traver readies to take a shot against Millville during a girls basketball game against Millville in December 1975.

    Editor’s note: The Dallas Post is rich in all kinds of history, especially sports history. Each week, the Post will bring you several different highlights from a particular decade. For this week, we chose to highlight the decades ending in “5.”

    December 2005

    Holding a 40-38 lead with under three minutes remaining in the third quarter, Wyoming Seminary closed out the frame with an 11-0 run and went on to defeat Lake-Lehman, 60-49 in boys basketball action.

    The Blue Knights outscored the Black Knights in the final period, 21-9. Angelo DeCesaris led Lake-Lehman with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Dave Milunic 11 points and eight rebounds. John Oliver scored nine points and led all players with seven steals for Lake-Lehman.

    Carlo Santarelli led all scorers with 21 points for Wyoming Seminary.

    December 1995

    The Back Mountain Wrestling Club got its first win of the season, a 60-30 victory over Wyoming Area in Penn Elementary Wrestling League action. Back Mountain suffered a loss to Pittston Area in the tri-meet.

    Justin Hutchins, Cole Dixon, Nick Luzetski, Bill Dixon, Sal Moran and Jude Moran were all double winners for Back Mountain. Against Wyoming Area, Hutchins (50 pounds), earned a 12-9 decision, which was followed by pins from Dixon and John Hutchins.

    December 1985

    The Gate of Heaven Gators were crowned champions of the Knights of Columbus Holiday Tournament held at Gate of Heaven School in Dallas. The basketball tournament was sponsored by Council 8224 of the Back Mountain. Deputy Grand Knight Bruce R. Boyle served as tournament director.

    Members of the Gators were: Michael Farris, Joseph Patton, Gregory Stahovec, Jack Jones, Anthony Finarelli, John Lukas, John Pieczynski and Stephen Gregor.

    The team was coached by D. Walutes and A. Simon.

    December 1975

    Lake-Lehman was on the losing end of a 52-51 overtime decision to Millville in boys basketball action.

    Down by 10 points at one time, the Knights rallied in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 48 and sent the game to overtime. Millville’s Frank Sault tossed in the game-winner with just seconds remaining. Bob Patton led Lake-Lehman with 15 points, while Bob Weidner had 12 points. Norm McCaffrey had 10 points and Craig Yanchik had seven.

    Reach Nick Wagner at 570-991-6406 or on Twitter @Dispatch_Nick

    Reach Nick Wagner at 570-991-6406 or on Twitter @Dispatch_Nick

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