MASON, W.Va. — Long after their memorable high school cage careers came to a conclusion, five former Wahama White Falcon basketball stars will experience yet another honor this Friday Night at the Bend Area School when their basketball numbers will be retired prior to the Falcons’ Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division contest with visiting Federal Hocking.
Charles Yonker, Gary Clark, Roger Dingey, John Barnitz and Isaac Lee are believed to be the lone White Falcon basketball stars to have achieved the 1,000-point plateau during their respective high school careers on the Bend Area hardwood. The five cage stars will be recognized by the WHS administration during a brief ceremony to celebrate their noteworthy accomplishments as former members of Wahama High School basketball.
Yonker, a 1963 graduate from Wahama, will have his No. 22 jersey retired during the evening ceremony. Yonker, a celebrated three-sport star athlete for the White Falcons ranked as the third highest high school basketball scorer in the state of West Virginia for two consecutive seasons.
Following his high school graduation, Yonker went on to become a star at Marshall University where he was named to the Mid-American Conference second-team as a catcher for the Thundering Herd baseball team. Last fall Yonker was honored by being inducted into the 2012 Class of the Wahama High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
Clark will have his No. 44 jersey retired after graduating from Wahama in 1970. He was the leading scorer as a member of the only basketball team from Wahama High School to advance to the West Virginia State Basketball Tournament.
Clark holds the distinction of scoring 80 points on successive nights with a 38-point effort at Southern on Friday before scoring 42 points at home against Kyger Creek the following evening. Clark was selected to the Class AA All-Tournament team following the White Falcons state tourney contest. In 2010, he was chosen as an inaugural member into the WHS Athletic Hall of Fame.
Roger Dingey will have his No. 43 jersey retired after being regarded by many as the greatest basketball player in WHS history. Dingey graduated from Wahama in 1975. At 6-foot-6, Dingey was considered the complete basketball player with the size to excel while playing under the basket in addition to being able to master the difficult skills of a point guard.
Dingey was deemed as a pure shooter and rebounder and is among only a handful of scorers at Wahama to score more than 40 points in a game. He is the career scoring leader at Wahama and following his high school career went on become a member of the starting five at Glenville State College as a true freshman.
John Barnitz graduated from Wahama in 1991 following a remarkable basketball career at the Bend Area School. Barnitz will have his No. 32 retired during Friday Night’s ceremony after being among the top single-season scorers in WHS history and the Falcons second leading career scorer.
He was the Bend Area team’s leading scorer his sophomore, junior and senior seasons while connecting on 102 three-point goals and shooting an amazing 78 percent from the free throw line for his career at Wahama.
Isaac Lee was the most recent Wahama cage star to achieve the 1,000-point scoring plateau with the three-sport star athlete achieving that goal just last year. A 2012 graduate, Lee will have his No. 5 retired during the Friday evening festivities.
Isaac ranks among the top single-season scoring leaders at WHS. Lee was an extremely versatile athlete for the White Falcons, with the exceptional ability to excel at any position on the hardwood. In addition to his scoring capabilities, Isaac was a tremendous rebounder and defensive specialist — which rank him among the best all-around basketball players in WHS history.