Column on Brett Brown elicits peewee football photo

Brown scored winning touchdown for W.C. Ladd's in 1973 title game
By Staff | May 20, 2014
Courtesy of: Ernie Benner The 1973 Rockland Peewee Football League champions W.C. Ladd's Insurance includes, front from left, Mike Trask, Jim Beal, David Sternberg, Don Pendleton, Tim Richards and Scott Ramsdell; second row, Dan Hilchey, Harold Clark, Scott Gerrish, Richard Kelly, Richie Oliver and Mark Chisholm; and back, coach Len Goeke, Ron Russell, Matt Chisholm, Rene Kelly, Bob Birmingham, Brett Brown, Rick Taylor and coach Ernie Benner.

Rockland — A recent column by Ken Waltz, Courier Publications sports director, on playing youth basketball with Brett Brown, now the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers in the National Basketball League, elicited plenty of comments, emails and phone calls.

Most had to do with having played with, coached or taught Brown during his time living in the Rockland area during the late 1960s and early 1970s.

One such phone call came from Ernie Benner of Owls Head, who supplied the included photo, of a team he and Len Goeke coached in the Rockland Peewee Football League. Brown was part of that W.C. Ladd's Insurance team and, in fact, scored the winning touchdown in the championship game in a 6-0 victory.

It was 1973 and it was the first year or peewee football in Rockland.

Benner said he remembers the team having its photo taken in the basketball gymnasium of the Rockland Community Building on Limerock Street. He also recalls that the players and coaches celebrated their championship by swimming in the indoor pool at the Trade Winds Motor Inn on the corner of Park and Main streets in Rockland.

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