A former star athlete at Fort Fairfield High School was honored at a special ceremony Wednesday evening prior the girls' basketball game between the Fort Fairfield Tigers and the Central Aroostook Panthers.

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 PHOTO: Fort Fairfield coach Larry Gardner presents Chappy with a special 1000-point ball.

Delmar "Chappy" Clark was a 4-sport athlete who excelled in basketball, baseball, track and cross-country during his high school days between 1958-1962. Clark was the Tigers' first 1000-point scorer but was never recognized for that accomplishment until now, after a review of statistics from games nearly 6 decades ago.

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Present for the surprise ceremony at Fort Fairfield High School was Chappy's wife Brenda as well as his grandchildren who now play for Central Aroostook High School.

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Clark, who lives in Blaine, was Mars Hill Recreation director for several years before becoming Blaine's town manager. He is retiring at the end of the month after serving more than 20 years as town manager.

During his high school sports career, Clark was dubbed by the media: “The hardest working player in Aroostook County.”  He averaged 20.5 points per game his senior basketball season, was named Aroostook County MVP, and was selected as a member of the All-State third team.

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PHOTO: Fort Fairfield athletic director Tim Watt presents a special plaque to Chappy as he's told his name will be placed in the gymnasium as a 1000-point scorer.