Long before the double-double became into vogue in the Larry Bird era, Paul Stenzel regularly turned in double digit efforts for Larry McNulty's hard wood heroes. At 6'7" tall Paul was the first dominant big man to dawn the blue and gold. His presence in the middle helped propel the Colonials to the first three of their five straight Dual County League Titles from 1967 to 1971. Paul was a two-time D.C.L. All-star, twice garnering All-Scholastic accolades from the Boston Globe and Boston Herald his senior year as first teamer. Paul possessed an all-around game: scoring, rebounding, shot blocking.
However, his greatest asset was his speed, a "Russelesque" center whom could beat many guards down the court. This put added pressure on opposing front courts as often as Paul would grab the rebound, outlet to MacLeod or Jeanson, then receive a finishing pass back as a trailer or wing. It is that speed that helped Paul dominate on the tartan. His speed and jumping abilities duplicated his round ball heroics as an All-League, All-Scholastic superb hurdler for Jim Gifford's harriers. Paul matriculated to the Naval Academy at Annapolis where a series of bad breaks (back and hand) ended a promising collegiate career. Paul graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Geology and a Master's Degree in Resource Economics. However, the excellence he carried from the court and track proliferated itself in the arts of culinary science. Having received numerous awards for restaurants he has owned and operated, Paul now shares his expertise as a Professor at the Hospitality, Culinary Arts and Tourism Institute at Anne Arundel Community College in Washington, D.C. Paul is married to the lovely and talented Judy Walsh (AB 69) and enjoys fly-fishing and golfing. Paul's athletic memories were too numerous to mention. What he would like to convey, was the quality of education that he received at Acton Boxboro. He salutes those faculty members and administrators that made that happen.