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All-WNY 1980s team: How'd we do?

Here is News Sports Columnist Bob DiCesare's all-1980s team, put together after discussions not only among The News staff but other local basketball gurus. His story is in today's paper.

It consists of the best first-teamers of the era (1980-1981 to 1989-1990). 

Check this previous post for a complete list of the first-teamers from the 1980s, as well as readers' comments about who should be on the team.

Here's our posts on our all-1990s team and our all-2000s team. Also take a look at posts discussing earlier eras (1960s, 1970s) as well as who should make the all-time All-WNY team.

The years listed are the seasons that the player made first team. 

First team
Curtis Aiken, Bennett 1981-82, 82-83
Gary Bossert, Kenmore West 1981-82, 82-83
Ritchie Campbell, Burgard 1988-89, 89-90
Christian Laettner, Nichols 1986-87, 87-88
Keith Robinson, Gr. Cleveland 1984-85, 85-86

Second team
Ray Hall, McKinley 1979-80, 80-81
Tony Kelly, Lackawanna 1979-80, 80-81, 81-82
Lester Rowe, Lafayette 1980-81
Rick Torgalski, Nichols 1985-86, 86-87
Marcus Whitfield, Burgard 1987-88, 88-89

Third team
James Clinton, South Park 1981-82
Bryan Randall, Sweet Home 1983-84
Cliff Robinson, Riverside 1984-85
Trevor Ruffin, Bennett 1987-88
Jeff Taggart, Lackawanna 1984-85

Fourth team
Barry Fordham, Sweet Home 1982-83
Willie Haynes, Lockport 1984-85
Adrian Mitchell, Emerson 1980-81
Ray Salters, South Park 1982-83
Ron Torgalski, Nichols 1984-85

---Keith McShea


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Keith McShea

Keith McShea

Keith McShea has covered high school sports at The News since his hiring in 1999. The 1995 University at Buffalo graduate and Long Island native (North Babylon Bulldogs) covers — and live blogs — everything from scrimmages to state championships & helps head The News' All-Western New York selections.

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