First Posted: 10/27/2010
During halftime of the Lakeland Chiefs game against the Honesdale Hornets Oct. 22, fans paid tribute to the inaugural Lakeland Lakers football squad from 1961. In 1961, three educational institutions disbanded and joined together to become Lakeland High School. The birth of the Lakeland Lakers football team, later to become the Chiefs program in 1969, was an inception that spawned from the Scott Scotties, Jermyn Blue Jays and Mayfield Warriors high schools and teams of the 1950s. The varsity players from 1961 were honored with a helmet pin that commemorates 50 years. They will also receive a plaque donated by the class of 2010. A reception was held in the Lakeland High School cafeteria after the game.