Lewis G. Mack
When one thinks of Chautauqua County’s finest high school basketball players, who then went on to have outstanding collegiate careers, especially at the NCAA Division I level, the list is relatively short. Lewis G. Mack, an inductee of the Class of 2022 of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame, is a member of that elite roster.
Mack was born in 1954 in Virginia and moved with his family to Silver Creek when he was 3-years-old. He attended the Silver Creek schools through his junior year when he was named an All-CCIAC Class B performer on the hardwood for the Black Knights.
Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame coach Mike Tramuta received a “gift” when Mack enrolled at Dunkirk High School for his senior year. Mack, along with teammates such as Jesse Thomas and Dave Szwejbka, compiled a sizzling 20-1 record in 1972-1973, earning the CCIAC championship, the Section VI Class A title and a lofty #2 ranking in New York State for the Marauders. Mack was known for his smothering defense, highlight-reel passes and amazing leaping ability.