Lee Paquette//


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Lee Paquette started playing organized horseshoes in 1982. Lee and his wife Marlene, of 44 years, have five children.

In 1983, he installed 7 courts in his back yard in Colchester. Then, in 1984 Lee put in 9 more courts, making a total of 16 courts. They named their club the (Champlain Valley Horseshoe Club. The first tournament that was held at the club was the first ever 'Vermont Pre-State,replacing the 'Northern' and the 'Southern' tournaments. They held other tournaments, and also had two nightly leagues, with a large membership. Unfortunately, due to some zoning laws, the club had to shut down in 1985.

In 1987 Lee was one of the instrumental persons that started the Milton Horseshoe Club, in Milton. He helped to lay out the courts and walkways, poured cement, helped install the chain-link fence around the courts, and helped build the storage shed. Lee was always instrumental when it came to getting things done.

In 1987, Lee played in the Milton Doubles League on Monday nights. That league is still going today, as a sanctioned league with the N.H.P.A.

Lee has played in many tournaments throughout New England. In the Vermont States from 1982-1993. Lee finished first three times, and third once. His first State Tournament was in 1982 at the former Springfield Club. He played in class D, with a 4-3 record, and 30.9% fourth place. In 1983 at the Sodbusters he took first place with 7-1 record, 28.9%, in class E. His high game was 40.0%. In 1991 at Bennington, class D,6-1 record, 28.1%, finished first, with a high game of 36.4%. In 1993 at Milton. Class D. 5-2 record, 23.3%, first place, high game of 27.1%. In 1988 at Bennington, third place in class B, with a 5-2 record, 30.5%. His high game ever in the Vermont States, was in 1986, at the Sodbusters, with a 45.8%.

Lee also participated in several New England tournaments. His first was in 1982, in Springfield, class HH, second place, with a record of 6-1, and 34.0%. In 1985 at Springfield, class EE, first place, with a record of 7-0, and 43.9%. In 1987 at Keene New Hampshire, class FF, second place, with a record of 6-1, and 35.1%. The last New England he played in was in 1988, in class G,taking second place, with a 6-1 record, 35.1%.

Lee, an all around good sport, and a great competitor,dedicated himself to the game of Horseshoes. Due to health problems, Lee does not play anymore.

The Vermont Horseshoe Pitcher Association is very proud to have Lee Paquette inducted into the Vermont Hall of Fame as an Organizer.