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See the action from the Alumni Day celebrations as the Lewis University Athletics Department introduced the first All-Decades Men's Basketball Team in school-history, representing the 1950s and 1960s, and retired the number 14 in honor of Tom Kennedy '62.

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The Event Honorees

The Lewis University Athletics Department introduced the first All-Decades Men's Basketball Team in school-history, representing the 1950s and '60s, on Saturday, January 25th at halftime of the Flyers' showdown against nationally-ranked Bellarmine (3 PM).

The All-Decades team includes Pat Callahan '55, Tony Delgado '65, Ray Fedo '56, Tom Kennedy '62, Al Latham '61, John Lucas '70, Bill McManaman '69, Wayne Molis '66, Bill Pauls '66, Duane Szymkowski '66, Bob Thayer '61 and Ferry Williams '68. Fedo and Molis were recognized posthumously.

"The All-Decade recognition is a fitting tribute to those Flyers that excelled on the court for Lewis University," Lewis Director of Athletics Dr. John Planek said. "It presents a chance to bring back a fine group of men to campus that represented the best of Lewis basketball."

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The Flyers will also retire Kennedy's No. 14 at halftime of the men's basketball game against Bellarmine.

Kennedy, a 1982 inductee into the Lewis Athletics Hall of Fame, competed for the Flyers from 1959-62. He is currently 26th in school-history in scoring with 1,138 points. He averaged 16.7 points-per-game through his career and led Lewis in scoring in 1959-60, pouring in 13.2 points-per-game. He was the Team MVP and a College Catholic All-American in 1962 after being named Lewis' Most Improved Player in 1960 and 61. A 13th round draftee of the Chicago Zephyrs, Kennedy also coached the Lewis' men's soccer team from 1967-69, played baseball for the Flyers and served in several administrative positions.

"Tom Kennedy's blood is truly in the bricks of Lewis University," Planek said. "Whether as a student-athlete, coach or administrator, this is a fitting tribute for a true Flyer like Tom Kennedy."

Callahan, a 1980 inductee into the Lewis Athletics Hall of Fame, competed for the Flyers from 1951-55. He is currently 25th in school-history in scoring with 1,164 points and was a three-time Team MVP. He averaged 13.5 points-per-game for his career and led the Flyers in scoring for the 1952-53 campaign, pitching in 15.5 points-per-game. As a senior, Callahan was second on the team in scoring with 13.5 points-per-game.

Delgado, also a 1982 inductee into the Lewis Athletics Hall of Fame, competed for the Flyers from 1961-65. He is currently 23rd in school-history in scoring (1,186 points). He averaged 13.8 points-per-game for his career and was selected as the team's Co-Most Valuable Player following the 1965 campaign. Delgado also coached the Flyer men's basketball team from 1972-78, where he is sixth in school-history with 74 wins. He was also a member of the Lewis
baseball teams that went to the NAIA National Finals in 1962 and 63.

Fedo, a 1986 inductee into the Lewis Athletics Hall of Fame, competed for the Flyers from 1952-56. He is currently 18th in school-history in scoring with 1,267 points. He led the Flyers in scoring in 1953-54 (14.9 ppg.) and 1954-55 (18.4 ppg.) and served as the team captain in 1955-56.

Latham, a 1985 inductee into the Lewis Athletics Hall of Fame, competed for the Flyers from 1957-61. He is currently 8th in school-history in scoring with 1,510 points. He averaged 16.6 points-per-game for his career and led the Flyers in scoring in both 1958-59 and 1960-61, averaging 17.6 points-per-game each season. Following his sophomore year, Latham was named the Team MVP.

Lucas, who competed for the Flyers from 1966-70, still holds the school-record for points in a game with 46 against McMurray during the 1969-70 campaign. He led Lewis in scoring that same season, pitching in 17.9 points-per-game.

Molis, a 1980 inductee into the Lewis Athletics Hall of Fame, competed fo the Flyers from 1963-65. He was the team MVP following the 1964-65 campaign, as he averaged a team-best 23.3 points-per-game for Lewis. Following that season, Molis was drafted in the 10th round by the New York Knicks. He still holds the Lewis school-record for field goals in a game with 20 buckets against Chicago Teachers College in the 1963-64 campaign.

McManaman, who served as team captain for the 1968-69 campaign, led the Flyers in scoring that year, averaging 21.2 points-per-game. Following the season, McManaman was selected to both the All-Midlands Conference First Team and District 20 All-NAIA Second Team.

Pauls, who competed for the Flyers from 1962-66, averaged 9.1 points-per-game as a senior where he served as a team captain. As a sophomore, Pauls was named as Lewis' Most Improved Player.

Szymkowski, competed for the Flyers from 1963-66, and was selected as Lewis' Most Improved Player following the 1964-65 campaign. Szymkowski, who averaged 15.9 points-per-game for his career, currently sits 30th in school-history with 1,113 points. He led the Flyers in scoring as a senior, pitching in 18.2 points-per-game.

Thayer, a 1981 inductee into the Lewis Athletics Hall of Fame, competed for the Flyers from 1957-61. He is currently 14th in school-history in scoring with 1,326 points. He averaged 15.7 points-per-game for his career and led the Flyers in scoring for the 1957-58 campaign, chipping in 17.5 points-per-contest. Thayer was a two-time Team MVP, winning the award in 1958 and 1960.

Williams, a 1980 inductee into the Lewis Athletics Hall of Fame, competed for the Flyers from 1964-68. He is currently sixth in school-history in scoring with 1,569 points. He averaged 17.6 points-per-game for his career and led the Flyers in scoring as a junior and senior.