Just give me the ball, coach; Lenny Clements raised the bar for scoring in the early 1960s

Clements passed away in 2008 after a long battle with cancer, but his memory still lingers on local sports fields an in sports discussions by long-time Southington fans. He continues to be a measure for high school athletes, and it can be argued that his sports dominance in 1962 has yet to be duplicated.

Perhaps that’s why the Southington Sports Hall of Fame selection committee selected Clements to be inducted posthumously into the local sports hall of fame. According to Orsene, it is long overdue.

“If he isn’t in the hall of fame, I don’t know who should be in it,” said Orsene, a member of the Class of 2010. “I’m really glad that he’s in. I think he would have loved this. If Coach [Walt] Lozoski was alive, he would tell you that he loved Lenny. We all did.”

On Thursday, Nov. 14, Clements will be honored in an induction ceremony at the Aqua Turf in Plantsville. To reserve tickets, contact Jim Verderame at (860) 628-7335.

“I think it’s great that he’s finally getting the recognition. I’m sure that he would have loved this,” said his brother Jerry. “He deserves a spot in the hall of fame, and I’m sure that everyone that knew him would certainly agree. He was a heck of an athlete.”

1963 CHRONICLE YEARBOOK COURTESY OF THE SOUTHINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY Lenny Clements crashes through the defensive line during the 1962 season.

1963 CHRONICLE YEARBOOK COURTESY OF THE SOUTHINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Lenny Clements crashes through the defensive line during the 1962 season.

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