Chappy Clark Recognized for 1,000 Point Milestone
By: David Deschesne
Fort Fairfield Journal, February 1, 2017
Delmar “Chappy” Clark, a Fort Fairfield High School Alumnus was recently recognized for achieving 1,001 points during his High School basketball career. Clark played basketball for the Fort Fairfield High School Tigers from 1958 to 1962.
On February 14, 1962 at Presque Isle, in his final game he scored 36 points—over half of the total points scored by the Tigers in that game—to reach the 1,000 point mark. He played four years of Varsity Basketball and was County MVP his Senior year. Bob Cimbollek, Chappy’s High School coach his senior year, called Chappy one of the top ten players he had coached in his long coaching career.
Clark was presented with a commemorative plaque and basketball at a ceremony held in the gym prior to the Lady Tigers v. Lady Panthers basketball game on January 18. It was presented by Coach Larry Gardner and Marissa Brouette from the Lady Tigers.
Clark’s High School basketball scoring record was: Freshman, 224 pts.; Sophomore, 215 pts.; Junior, 214 pts.; and Senior, 348 pts. In his Senior year, he scored an average of 20½ points per game and shot 86 successful free throws out of 120 for the season.
“‘Chappy’ was a workhorse type player whose work ethic was second to none! He is so deserving of this accomplishment and I am very happy for him and to have been able to recognize him at our game,” said Gardner. “A big thanks to Jim Carter who did the research on Chappy and discovered this record.”
Gardner says Chappy’s love of sports, kids and family has made him a very much beloved figure in Mars Hill. “He has spent countless hours working with kids in various programs as well as raising money for those programs. Chappy is a big kid at heart.”
Clark’s name will be added to the 1,000 point club roster on the East wall of the Lawrence Gardner Gymnasium at FFHS.