2014-01-29 / Sports

Berkeley Springs High School Hall of Fame

Dave Clark, Mike Johnson and Ed Weber

Dave Clark Dave Clark 1967 was a special year for Berkeley Springs High School athletics.

In the 60s, football, basketball and baseball teams played for the Bi-State Trophy. Teams from the Cumberland area and schools in the Eastern Panhandle played against each other for their version of what we now call “states” in each sport.

In 1967, all three BSHS teams won their version of the trophy. We also had two state wrestling champions. There were many special athletes at the school during that “triple crown” year. None were as big as Dave Clark.

Clark became the quarterback of the football team during his freshman year and remained the signal caller into his senior campaign. During his junior year, the team won the 1966 Bi-State trophy with a 7-3 record.

As a co-captain of the 1967 team, Clark was instrumental in securing the best winning percentage of any football team in school history.

Mike Johnson Mike Johnson The 1967 football team had an 8-2 record. They defeated every team in the eastern panhandle, including Hedgesville, the Jefferson county schools, and Mussleman. Their only losses came to Cumberland powerhouses, James Buchanan and Bishop Walsh of Cumberland.

Under the guidance of Coach Clyde Wilson, the team won its second Bi-State Trophy.

For the baseball team, Clark was a pitcher and third baseman. With two separate divisions, the BSHS team defeated the southern champion, Hedgesville, 8-6 to capture the third Bi-State trophy for that year. The 1967 team also had the pleasure of beating Martinsburg in baseball for the first time in school history.

Clark’s greatest accomplishment was on the mat. He wrestled to a perfect record in his junior and senior seasons, going 9-0 in 1966 and 11-0 in 1967.

In his junior year, Clark wrestled in the 154 weight class. He won the regional title and captured the 1966 Valley Interscholastic Wrestling Championship. In 1967, he made it to the state championship match. He pinned Huntington’s John Hale in one minute and forty seconds for the 165 lbs. State Championship. Along with fellow champion teammate, Steve Glascock, he helped the team place third in 1967.

Elmer “Ed” Weber Elmer “Ed” Weber After high school, Clark attended Fairmont. He played football and wrestled during his college career. Upon his return to Berkeley Springs, he worked with many others, including Max Horz and John Jamison, to build a strong youth league wrestling program. This program, started in the late 1970s, began the resurgence of the wrestling teams that would produce numerous state qualifiers and champions in the 80s and 90s. Clark’s contributions as a star athlete in the 60s and as a present day champion for youth sports in our community explains why he is a member of the first Berkeley Springs High School Hall of Fame Class.

A major accomplishment for today’s high school basketball player is the 1,000 career points plateau. We celebrate such a feat today, in the era of the three-point shot. In the early 60s, the only three point play involved a foul.

From 1962-1964, the sixfoot six, Mike Johnson accomplished the 1,000 point mark at Berkeley Springs High School. He actually scored 1,005 points during his high school career.

The 1964 BSHS basketball team, under Coach Varnell Burkhart had a 16-5 record. Johnson paced the team by scoring 556 points. He broke a sectional area record by scoring 26.5 points per game. The previous record holder, Gale Catlett of Hedgesville, only scored 25.7 points per game in 1958. He also had 384 rebounds in his senior season. His 44 points in a single game was a school record until it was broken two years later by Gary Dodson. Johnson was an Eagle Scout and also lettered in baseball.

Johnson had many offers to play college basketball and was given a full athletic scholarship to attend the College of William and Mary.

Upon graduation in 1968, he joined the Navy to begin flight training. In 1970, he was “winged” as a naval aviator. As Rear Admiral Michael Johnson, he made numerous deployments in the Mediterranean Sea, Indian Ocean, Arabian Gulf and an 11 month combat deployment in Southeast Asia where he flew over 120 combat missions over North Vietnam.

He has flown over 4,500 flight hours in Navy tactical aircraft, and has had more than 1,300 landings on 11 different carriers. He was a highly decorated officer with numerous commendations and awards.

In 2001, Johnson retired from active duty and has been the President and CEO of the world’s oldest aerial reconnaissance company, Recon Optical. He currently lives in Jacksonville, Florida. His basketball records and successes on and off the court make him an obvious choice for the 2014 Berkeley Springs High School Hall of Fame.

Ed Weber has had many roles during his career in the Morgan County School system. Most former students remember him as an administrator, teacher, coach, assistant coach and athletic director. However, few know that Weber also had a successful athletic career at BSHS and at WVU.

In the 1948-49 year, he became the first athlete in school history to compete and place in a state tournament.

In the 48-49 regional meet, his time of 4.45 broke the regional record for the mile that had stood since 1923. At the state track meet in Charleston, he finished second to Oak Hill junior, Jim Canterbury, with a 4.34 time. Weber also established the school record for the mile with this state performance.

After high school, he received a Board of Governors’ Scholarship to WVU. Paul “Moose” Hodges, a WVU graduate and his high school coach helped him gain this scholarship. Upon entering WVU, Weber was introduced to a new sport that was not offered at the high school, Cross Country.

The coaches at WVU recognized that Weber was better at endurance and distance running, than in shorter track events. He was a member of the WVU Cross Country Team for three years and a member of the WVU Track team for two years.

In 1952, he was the Cross Country team captain, and qualified in the mile for the NCAA Southern Conference Track and Field competition. In 1953, he enlisted in the Air Force and served until 1957.

Upon completing his education, he returned to his Alma Matter to teach.

From 1961 until 1978, he taught history and physical education at Berkeley Springs Jr./Sr. High School. He also coached many sports including wrestling, track and Jr. High football. He served many years as the athletic director of the school.

After receiving his Masters Degree in Administration from WVU, Weber became an administrator at BSHS from 1978 until his retirement in 1989.

Weber continues to serve as a member of the Lions Club and volunteers his time in a number of capacities throughout Morgan County. His contributions as a BSHS athlete and his lifelong commitment to the Morgan County School system make him a deserving member of the 2014 Berkeley Springs High School Hall of Fame Class.

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