by Todd Peterson
Tom Prechtl's love of sports began early in his life and as it turned out, he excelled in just about everything.
Born in Dunkirk in 1935, he starred in athletics at Fredonia High School from 1950-53 where his was a multi-year letter winner in basketball, football, baseball and track.
In 1953, he was a member of the undefeated varsity football team that won a conference championship and also the varsity basketball team that was 18-0, claiming a Section 6 championship. He was the team's captain in his senior year and earned a number of All-Conference and All-Star awards.
One year later, the Fredonia basketball team earned a Bi-County championship with a 48-42 victory over Salamanca. Unfortunately, the team lost by a point, 43-42, in the Section 6 final against Frontier.