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Wahama athletic director Melissa VanMeter, left, presented portfolios of recognition to both Gary Clark, middle, and Jim Dudding, right, during halftime of the White Falcons' March 5 postseason contest against Hannan in Mason, W.Va.
Wahama athletic director Melissa VanMeter, left, presented portfolios of recognition to both Gary Clark, middle, and Jim Dudding, right, during halftime of the White Falcons' March 5 postseason contest against Hannan in Mason, W.Va.
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MASON, W.Va. — Wahama High School honored a pair of longtime athletic contributors in Gary Clark and Jim Dudding during halftime of the White Falcons’ opening-round tournament game against visiting Hannan on March 5.


Both Clark and Dudding — a pair of WHS alums — were recognized for their efforts in improving the sports atmosphere at Wahama over the last few decades, and each was presented a portfolio of accomplishment during the intermission event.


Here’s a brief look at the contributions that each honoree has made to Wahama over the years.


GARY CLARK


Gary Clark is a 1970 graduate of Wahama High School and has been an avid supporter of White Falcon Athletics since he was a young child. Clark was a member of the first Wahama baseball team to advance to the West Virginia State Tournament and was also a member of the only White Falcon basketball team to advance to the West Virginia High School State Basketball Tournament.


He is considered to be one of the best three-sport athletes ever to perform for the red and white at Wahama. He was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 16th round of the 1970 professional baseball draft and also played in the Philadelphia Phillies organization. Clark was elected as a charter member of the Wahama High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010.


Soon after his graduation from high school Clark began covering Wahama Athletic events as a correspondent for the Point Pleasant Register, and has continued covering Wahama sports contests for the past 42 years.


During that span Clark has compiled statistics for the respective White Falcon teams while writing about some of the greatest teams, coaches and athletes in WHS history


He also began performing the color analyst duties for WYVK radio of WHS Athletic events in football, basketball and baseball over the past four seasons and is considered as the modern day historian for team and individual athletic accomplishments for Wahama Athletics.


Clark continues to attend Wahama High School sporting events to show his support to the coaches and athletes of Wahama High School.


JAMES DUDDING


James Dudding is a tremendously dedicated Wahama High School Athletic Booster that has spent many countless hours working for the betterment of the Wahama Sports Programs. Dudding attended Wahama High School before enlisting in the military where he served our country.


He has been instrumental in numerous WHS Athletic Projects such as the recent bleacher upgrade, the football scoreboard relocation, improvements to the WHS press box as well as his contributions in the general upkeep of the Falcon football, baseball and basketball facilities.


He is considered by everyone related to Wahama High School Athletics as a major ingredient in the betterment of the Wahama sports programs.


His extensive amount of time spent performing various tasks for whatever is necessary to make things better and easier for the coaches, athletic director, administrators, parents and fans related to the White Falcon family and their opponents often goes unnoticed by many but he is considered an extraordinary asset to the various Wahama High School Athletic Programs.


Despite not receiving the appreciation and recognition he so richly deserves, Dudding continues to donate his time and expertise in assisting the various needs for the Wahama High School Athletic Department and the White Falcon Booster Organization.


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