Before graduating from Lyons Jr. Sr. High School, Clarence Potter III or Pumpkin, as his family and friends called him, was a truly gifted athlete and great young man. Clarence was a tough running back for the football team in 1980, ’81, and ’82. He received 1st team All-Conference honors, All-Greater Rochester Honorable Mention and Lyons Football Team’s Best Back Award in all three seasons! Clarence also received the Times Union’s Super 22 recognition, as well as All-State Second Team recognition in 1982. In his senior season, he was selected to play in the Eddie Meath All-Star game.


    Clarence was the center on the high school’s basketball team from 1981-1983.  During the ’82- ’83 basketball season, he was awarded the Lyons Central School Fireman of the Year award and was a member of the ’81-’82 team that finished second in the state tournament. During his high school track career, Clarence was a member of the 4 x 100 relay team that set the school and county record in 1983 at the Aquinas Relays that still stands at both the school and county levels. That relay team was also first team All-League that year; he also ran the 200m and was a long and triple jumper. In 1982 Clarence added the 800m relay to his events and was voted Most Consistent track team member. He finished off his high school career by being voted Most Athletic in the class of 1983.


    Clarence continued his football career at Cortland State University where he was a running back during the 1983 and ’84 seasons. Clarence and his wife Teresa have seven children and live in Georgia.