Every Thursday throughout the school year, the Warwick Valley Central School District posts a vintage photo such as this one on their Facebook page. It’s time for winter sports & here’s wishing all our Warwick Valley athletes a season like the one dominated by the 1932-33 varsity basketball players. The notation on this photo from the archives simply reads ‘Championship Team – Class A.’ The names printed on this picture (from left) are: Principal K.E. Smith, J. Specht, A. Peschel, Pete Lesando, G. Baum, H. Teabout, L. Simpson (who many remember as Pete Simpson, a Warwick police officer), Phil Lesando, & Jim Ayers. The last three names are difficult to read.
Emmitt Feldner, who was the sports editor for the Warwick Valley Dispatch from 1968 to 1971, did some research and found out that the 1932 Warwick football team – which probably most, if not all, of these guys played on – finished 4-2. They beat Goshen twice, 26-0 in their opening game & 12-0 in the final game. They lost to Spring Valley and Walden, beat Monticello & Highland Falls. As for the basketball team, they lost the Orange County League Championship game to Tuxedo, 36-25. It was most likely the first time Warwick ever played in the OCL Championship game. Class A Champions probably means that they won the Sectional Class A title, which may also have been a first for Warwick. Another note – Warwick wouldn’t play in another OCL Championship game until 1957, when they lost to Pine Bush, 44-42, in six overtimes. That was the first of four straight Championship games Warwick played in, coached by Vito Magdelinskas. They only won one, in 1959, over Otisville.