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    Wednesday, December 06, 2023

    Former ELHS standout Wiederkehr to be honored

    Hans Wiederkehr, the former East Lyme High School standout, was the head football coach at Babylon High School in New York from 1988-2002. (Photo courtesy of Hans Wiederkehr)

    Hans Wiederkehr, the former East Lyme High School standout, will be inducted into the Suffolk County Sports Hall of Fame in New York as part of the Class of 2018.

    Wiederkehr is a 1981 East Lyme graduate and was a three-year starter on the football team, playing for the Vikings as a sophomore in the 1978 Class M championship game. He also played three years on the basketball team, scoring over 500 points.

    He earned a scholarship to Syracuse University and played there for four seasons. He signed a contract to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1986, but spent the season on injured reserve. While rehabbing in 1987, he began his football coaching career at Babylon High School as an assistant. He took over the next year as head coach.

    In his 15 seasons at Babylon, Wiederkehr's record was 99-41-2. The Panthers reached the playoffs 12 times under his direction, winning nine league titles. His teams played in the Suffolk County finals nine times, winning five. His Panthers also won two Long Island championships. He stepped down in 2002.

    Long Island's Suffolk County is the easternmost county in the state. The date of the ceremony hasn't been announced yet.

    — Dave Davis   

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