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Fairland gym to be renamed in honor of late coach York

Jan. 03, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

ROME TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- The new Fairland High School gymnasium will be named in honor of the late Carl York, a former Fairland teacher, principal and coach who also served as South Point superintendent.

The ceremony is planned during half-time of Friday's Fairland and Chesapeake basketball game, said Lawrence County Municipal Judge Don Capper, one of a number of local residents who played sports for the legendary coach.

"I think it's great they're naming the gym for him," said Doug Curry, one of the members of the 1960-'61 team that went 25-1 before losing in the state semifinals in Columbus. That team came to be called "The Untouchables."

"It's well deserved," Curry said. "It's been a long time coming."

York, a native of Mullens, W.Va., played basketball for Lewis D'Antoni before heading to Marshall University to play basketball for Cam Henderson. He later was a teacher and principal at Fairland before becoming superintendent in the South Point district, Capper said.

"I played for him at Fairland," Capper said. His older brother, Eddie, was a member of the renowned team. "Those guys were my heroes.

"We're trying to get his ex-players to come to the reception," Capper said. "It's the night of the Chesapeake and Fairland game. There should be a big crowd for that."

A reception is planned for York's former players in a room adjacent to the gym at Fairland High School, he said. The ceremony naming the gym in York's honor is planned for half-time of the Friday-night basketball game.