Laneite is especially proud of the teams that represent his school. This
graduation will see many of Lane's famous sports figures depart, but I am quite
sure that their names will be always remembered.
In June, three of the best basketball players Lane has even seen will
graduate; Richard "Chink" Gaines, Cliff Daniels, and Bob Oakes.
With these fellows will go memories of thrilling home games and of
championship games. Though our team never won city honors, we were rated
as one of the best in the city. In the words of Coach Sam Laffel, it is
summed up pretty well. "This year's team was the greatest team Lane
has ever had." Many will miss those games, seeing Chink drive through
for two points or seeing Cliff or Bob take a set shot and hearing the
swoosh of the basket as the ball goes in. I'm sure though we will always
remember those glorious games against Richmond Hill, our arch rivals, and
against Newtown and Forest Hills, and the Queens Championship games, in
which we were beaten by these two Cinderella teams. But Chink Gaines
proved that Lane has the best, when he won the All-Star City Trophy this
season the Lane swimming team gave an almost perfect performance, win-fling 6
out of 9 meets. The Mermen did not lose until their 4th meet, and then the score
was 31-30. But the hoys came right hack as strong as ever against Jamaica, one
of the higher ranking teams, and swam away with the winning honors.
The mermen were represented in the All City
Championship by Vince Bellafiore, diving, and Paul Dana, free styling. Paul
turned out to be one of the best in all city. Lane was also represented in the
Harrighan Memorial meet with Vince Bellafiore and Paul Dana.
Some of the mermen who will he leaving in June are Ray
Ausrotas, Vincent Bellafiore, Arthur Cooper, Paul Dana, Joseph Dovydaitis, Raymond
Ehrlich, Norman Landsman, and Bill Judge. Yes, Doc Schoening turned out a
terrific hunch of swimmers. We will always remember them.