MASON — When Gary Clark passed away Dec. 31, 2015, he left quite a legacy for the people of the Bend Area – to be loyal to, and active in your school and community.
Clark died after a six-year battle with cancer, but not before being honored by Wahama High School for his 40-plus years of covering sports in both newspaper and radio, as well as many other contributions. On Dec. 15, 2015, the basketball court at the school was dedicated in his honor. It was the last basketball game Clark attended.
This week, prior to the start of a new basketball season, Clark’s name was installed on the floor under his beloved White Falcon mascot with the words, “Gary Clark Court.” It serves as a forever reminder of Clark’s work and his athletic achievements.
Wahama Principal Kenny Bond said he was happy to physically see the namesake placed on the court floor.
“He was one of the finest athletes to come through Wahama High School,” said Bond. “But he was more than an athlete. He was a constant friend to Wahama.”
Athletic director and head basketball coach Ron Bradley agreed.
“When I think of people and past athletes that represent Wahama, Gary Clark is the first person that comes to mind,” Bradley stated. “He was always a big Wahama supporter and was involved in many activities.”
Clark, a 1970 graduate of Wahama, was a varsity letterman in football, basketball, and baseball, achieving honors in all three. In basketball, Clark gathered 1,000 career points. He achieved a state record in 1969 in football, with 71 pass receptions for 1,136 yards, and in baseball, he was selected first team all-state catcher. He was on the school’s first two state qualifiers, the 1969 baseball and the 1969-70 basketball teams.
With such an outstanding sports career at Wahama, Clark was among those named to the inaugural WHS Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010.
After graduating, Clark officiated high school sporting events, coached in youth leagues, and kept stats and scorebooks. He began writing for the Point Pleasant Register in 1972 as a sports contributor, and continued for 43 years. He also served as a radio commentator for the White Falcons.
The lettering on the gymnasium floor was funded by individual contributors. It was completed by Jason Shane of Racine, Ohio.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org