The induction of Paul Strzelecki, a three-sport start at Bartlett High School, presents a significant Bartlett Sports Hall of Fame milestone.
Paul’s father, the late Ziggy Strzelecki, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2002. So the Strzelecki duo becomes the first father-son combination to be inducted into the school’s Sports Hall of Fame.
Paul was a top contributor to the success of Bartlett’s soccer, basketball, and baseball teams from 1969 through 1971. He played soccer for two years, being a member of the squad when the sport was first played at the school. He played baseball and basketball for three years, and in his senior year served as team captain in both sports.
In basketball, Paul was a steady, offensive shooting guard and a very good defensive player. He was always assigned to cover the opponent’s top perimeter player. He is considered to be one of the best zone press defenders ever at Bartlett and was a prime performer in Bartlett’s tenacious 1-2-1-1-zone press.
In soccer, Paul was a strong, aggressive, quick outside halfback. He played with much head and a never-quit style. His contributions helped Bartlett achieve a 12-2 record in the school’s second season and a 13-1 record when he was a senior.
In baseball, Paul played shortstop on talented Bartlett teams. He had great range, especially going into the hole and using his strong arm to throw out runners at first base. He was an above average hitter and always a threat to steal bases.
Paul would continue his baseball career at Southern Connecticut State College where he was a team captain. While in college, he played in the Cape Cod Baseball League and continued playing after college graduation in the Stan Musial Baseball League.
Paul Strzelecki works for the US Postal Service as a sales associate in the Webster-Dudley office.