Mattoon, Coles Co, IL. As an extremely tall young man, Mark became
quite a basketball star. He was the Charleston Holiday Tournament
most valuable player during the 77-78 season, and also named to the
Big 12 all-conference team. He received various other awards
including all-area and all-state honorable mention. Following his
high school career, he went to Lakeland College and was named to
all-state his sophomore year.
Alaska He received a scholarship for the Univ of Alaska on his sports
ability and it was there that he picked up the nickname "the barge."
It was also there he was named first-team Great North Conference.
Kenai, Alaska He liked Alaska so much he stayed on after college and
has no plans to ever return to the lower states to live.
1996 Mattoon, IL. He was inducted into the Mattoon Alumni Athlete's
Hall of Fame.