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Clark Fork Alumni Tournament

Twenty-six years and counting, Clark Fork High School alumni return for fun.

For over a quarter century, graduates of Clark Fork High School and associated friends have gathered in the spring to return to the gym and show off their (mostly) still-strong basketball—and now volleyball, as well—skills.

Corey Vogel is one of those who comes back to the school for some hoops action, though a knee injury sidelined him last year. It’s a tradition he values, given he played in the first alumni tournament ever held, and was on the winning team. 

“I’d say that as a varsity basketball player coming out of high school that first year, it was such a great experience seeing those alumni come and play who I had watched on the old wooden bleachers as a little kid,” said Corey. “I always told myself, “Wow, I’ll never be that big!” as they thundered by. Every year it got bigger and bigger and more and more alumni came back. It really got to be the big, unofficial, Clark Fork “reunion,” and everyone was always excited about seeing classmates they hadn’t seen since the last tournament. The businesses in town have come to depend on the revenue generated every year. It continues to be one of the highlights of my year and I know that there are hundreds of other Clark fork graduates that feel the same.”

This year, the 26th of these annual tournaments will be held on March 8, 9 and 10 at the school. If you want to play, the cost per player is $30 (includes a team shirt plus admittance), and forms are available on the Clark Fork High School Facebook page, or by calling the school at 208.255.7177. If you want to brush up on your skills, the gym will be open at 6:30 pm from March 5 through 8. Admission to watch is $6 adult/$4 students, or get a weekend pass for $14 adults/$10 students. There is no charge for children under the age of 5. Games begin Friday evening with basketball at 6 pm, continue throughout Saturday, and finish with championship games on Sunday.

“It’s no secret that finding funding for athletics is increasingly difficult,” said Phil Kemink, principal at Clark Fork, “and the alumni tournament for years has provided important financial support for our program. In addition, watching returning graduates and their families, and in some cases, their grandchildren, return year after year really brings home that this school is at the heart of our community. If you’ve never come to watch a game, you should. The skill level is pretty high, and I have to admit, I love watching the old guys teach the ‘young pups’ how it’s done!”

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