1984-85 Suffield High School Boys Basketball Team
​​ ​Inducted in 2005
TOP ROW (L-R): Manager- Michelle Bulat, Manager-Tara Remington, and Manager- Mary Jennings, Greg Stewart, Dave Sullivan, Dan Sheridan, Greg Lyon, Phil Barrett
Head Coach Fran Aniello, Assistant Coach Peter Martin
BOTTOM ROW (L-R): Scott Morrison, Marcus Williams, Tom Naughton, Ted Lyon, Ray Young, Mike Daniel, Art Ouimet
They were the Class S Champions of Connecticut in 1985…that’s a fact. But in the eyes of many seasoned observers of the State basketball scene, they may have been the best Class S team ever! High praise for the boys of Suffield High and the 1984-85 Boys Basketball Team certainly made their mark. Coming off a glittering 22-5 record the prior year, they were poised for a great run and were among the early favorites to win the Class S crown. Led by their Mr. Outside, Ted Lyon, at 6’4” and Mr. Inside, Ray Young at 6’5”, the two were joined on the starting lineup by speedy David Sullivan, 6’4” Tom Naughton who possessed a dead-eye shot from the corner, and junior Mike Daniel who was 6’8” and growing! The front-line was backed up by Dan Sheridan, Greg Stewart, Marcus Williams, and Art Ouimet, all rugged rebounders and capable scorers. The back court trio of Scotty Morrison, Phil Barrett, and Greg Lyon were ready to come in at a moments notice to spark the team when needed with their fine shooting and ball-handling skills. At the coaching helm, was seven-year veteran Fran Aniello, who was a master at coordinating his talented troops.

The high expectations proved prophetic! Suffield won 27 games while losing only one. They won the NCCC League with a 16-0 record followed up by the Conference Playoff Title when they beat Canton by 20 points. Going into the State Tournament, they were on a 16 game winning streak (21 and 1 overall) with their only blemish being a loss to a very talented Class M Middletown team. After a blowout of Westbrook, they won a hard-fought battle against defending Class S Champion Terryville. During this period, the tournament format (which was by Region) allowed for a Regional Championship game where both winner and loser went on. The format set up one of the most anticipated match-ups in the tournament…23-1 Suffield against undefeated Litchfield. The Wildcats played a masterful game and came away with a 71-60 victory. Facing league foe Somers in the quarterfinals, Suffield extended their dominance over NCCC competition with their 44th consecutive victory. Feeling they had lost (versus Suffield had won) in their Regional Final match, Litchfield got a chance to play Suffield again in the State Semi-finals. Same teams…same result…with Suffield running away with a more convincing 24-point triumph.

As fate would have it, Suffield met Cromwell in the State Finals, the same Panther team that ended their title run in 1984. They relished the opportunity and ended their Cinderella year with a 57-46 victory over Cromwell, a program that had historically won seven state titles over the years. The victory marked Suffield’s second State Basketball Title and came on the 25th anniversary of the SHS win in 1960. Ted Lyon capped his career by being named Tournament MVP and finished as the SHS career scoring leader at the time with 1464 points. Ray Young also finished his career, and he ended with a scoring total of 1067 points.

Supporting the SHS title run was assistant coach, Peter Martin and three dedicated managers, Michelle Bulat, Mary Jennings, and Tara Remington. Suffield townspeople also turned out in record numbers to support the team each game during its championship season.