Old Forge High School boys’ basketball legend Sammy Cavalier was the first inductee into the Old Forge High School Athletic Hall of Fame in a ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 21. The ceremony took place before the Blue Devils game against Northumberland Christian.
Cavalier, who was in attendance with family and friends, saw his No. 9 retired during the ceremony. During his four-year basketball career, Cavalier became the first two-time Pennsylvania AP First-Team All State selection from Lackawanna County in 1948 and 1949, and was also the first three-time leading scorer and Player of the Year in the Lackawanna League in 1947, 1948 and 1949.
Cavalier was also the first 1,000-point scorer in Lackawanna League history and the leading scorer in Old Forge history for 52 years, from 1949-2001. He scored 1,471 points in 103 games from 1945-49, which places him in third place to date at his alma mater.
During his senior season, Cavalier led the Blue Devils to a District 2 championship and an appearance in the PIAA Eastern Semi-Final.