From an early age it was evident that Paul King was an exceptional athlete. Whether it was playing pickup games with his brother Bill and the other kids in the neighborhood, playing midget football or being selected to all-star teams in baseball and basketball, Paul was just….better than the rest.
Not surprisingly the teams he played on enjoyed success. The 1970 Little League all-star team made it to the New England Regional Finals, one game away from a trip to Williamsport. In 1971 he played on the Windsor Locks Jets midget football team that won the Charter Oak Conference Championship. The nucleus of that football team stayed together to play four years of high school football. Again Paul stood out. In 1974 he was named all-conference as a defensive player. In 1975 Paul was unanimously named to the All-CVC football team on both offense and defense.
A four year player on the high school varsity basketball team Paul was a dynamic point guard who was creative on offense and played hardnosed defense. In 1976 he was twice named as the Journal Inquirer player of the week and was voted on to the paper’s All-Area Basketball Team, one of only five area players to earn that distinction. Rounding out his high school career, Paul played left field for four years on the Windsor Locks High baseball team; always delivering in the clutch.
In the 1970’s Paul King’s name was synonymous with Windsor Locks athletics. Paul’s work ethic combined with his natural ability earned him the respect of legendary coaches Pat Scelza and Dan Sullivan; making him a member of a very exclusive fraternity.