Wahama Hall of Fame

MASON — Four former White Falcon athletes will be inducted into the Wahama Hall of Fame during ceremonies Sept. 1 and 2.

Inductees for 2017 include Gordon Clark, Danny Yonker, Eddie Starcher, and Keithann Sayre. This is the eighth year for the Bend Area school’s hall of fame.

The four will be honored during the Wahama football game Friday night against Waterford, Ohio. A banquet will also be held in their honor on Saturday. The banquet is open to the public and will be held at 6 p.m. at the New Haven Lutheran Church. Tickets are $16 and can be obtained by contacting Kenny Greene at 304-882-2389.

Following are brief biographies of the inductees’ accomplishments:

Gordon Clark graduated from Wahama in 1963 and earned six varsity letters, including four in baseball and two in football. Clark batted over .300 throughout his baseball career, and collected seven straight hits over two games during his junior season. In football, Clark was the third leading receiver in the state and the second leading yardage gainer during his senior year.

After high school, Clark coached the Kanawha County Big League All-Stars to the Eastern Regional title. He graduated from the West Virginia State Police Academy in 1972, and received a Distinguished West Virginian Award for Bravery. He retired as the Detachment Commander at Point Pleasant with 28 years of service in the West Virginia State Police.

Danny Yonker is a 1948 graduate of Wahama and earned seven varsity letters, three in football and four in baseball. He played quarterback and running back in single wing offense during his football career, and was awarded the game football for his play during a 14-7 win over Point Pleasant. He was selected to play on the Jack Rogers County All Star Football Team twice. Voted most outstanding player by his teammates his senior year, Yonker was invited to attend Morris Harvey College by the legendary coach Eddie King, but Yonker’s career was cut short due to injury.

In baseball, Yonker compiled a .333 career batting average. After graduating, he coached Pony League baseball in the Bend Area, winning two consecutive championships. Yonker also served his country with eight years in the U.S. Army.

A 1987 graduate of Wahama, Eddie Starcher earned five varsity letters, including three in football and two in baseball. Starcher rushed for over 500 yards in three straight seasons at Wahama, with 115 career tackles and 148 points scored. He was a member of the White Falcons first-ever playoff team in 1986, and was All-State and Little Kanawha Conference Honorable Mention as a running back in 1985 and 1986. He also participated in the North-South football game in 1987.

Starcher received a football scholarship from Concord College and was team captain in 1990. In his four years at Concord, the team was 30-9 with three conference championships and two NAIA playoff berths. Concord’s defense ranked in the top 10 in the nation for three years, with Starcher as a defensive lineman. He was named All-Conference WVIAC in 1990.

Captain and 25-year veteran of the West Virginia State Police, Starcher is a 2014 graduate of the National FBI Academy.

Keithann Sayre is a 2006 graduate, having earned eight varsity letters, four in basketball and four in softball. Sayre received All-State honors in both basketball and softball, and was a three year OVP Super 10 selection in basketball. She was also selected for both the 2005 and 2006 Region VII All Tournament Team, as well as the 2004, 2005, and 2006 All Sectional Tournament Team. Sayre is a member of the 1000 Point Club at Wahama, scoring 1,242 points. She averaged 21 points at Region VII Tournament play her junior and senior year.

She was a member of the WHS National Honor Society and FBLA, and received academic and athletic scholarships to Rio Grande College. A member of the Rio Grande Women’s Basketball team, she was also on the dean’s list.

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Danny Yonker
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Eddie Starcher
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Gordon Clark
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Keithann Sayre
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Class of 2017

By Mindy Kearns

Special to the Register

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at mindykearns1@hotmail.com.