Mike “Sugar” Lashendock

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Mike “Sugar” Lashendock was the outstanding Quarterback and Team Leader of Kulpmont High School’s last great athletic dynasty before his jointure. He was a three sport dynamo, a very intelligent player with great speed, which helped overcome his great lack of size.

As Quarterback of the “Wildcats” he led his team to a 23-3 record in games he started. His Senior Year his team went 11-0 and won the Eastern Conference Championship. Along the way he set passing records for yardage and completions which undoubtedly can never be erased. In addition to playing Quarterback he played Safety on Defense and returned Kickoffs and Punts.

He was the centerfielder and leadoff man on the Wildcat Baseball Teams where his outstanding speed could be utilized. In Track he ran the 100-200 and 440 yard dashes. Mike ran them well enough to finish fourth in the 100 and 5th in the 220 at States. This, by the way,, was before the State was broken up into classes according to enrollment as they are today. His flat time in the 100 held up as a league mark for some time, before being erased by Gary Diminick of the Tornadoes.

After graduation, Lashendock, played Quarterback and Safety for the Bloomsburg University Huskies. He set passing records while at Bloom, and once again showed his talent as a leader and winner by pacing Bloomsburg squad to the State Teachers College Championship in 1951. In all the years he played competitive sports he never played on a losing ream.

After graduation he began his teaching and coaching at Sun Valley High School in Philadelphia Suburban League. In a 30 year coaching career that ended in 1982, he helped coach 3 undefeated teams and won 6 championships in a 10-year period.

Mike is married to his childhood sweetheart Charlotte Pettello, who was his neighbor in Marion Heights. They have two daughters and three grandsons.

Categories: 1989 Hall of Fame