Chuck Fowler is one of the best basketball players in the history of Mount Morris Central School. As only a sophomore, he was called up to the varsity team from JV in January. In his very first game on January 4, 1973, he led the team in scoring with 22 points. From that day on, he was one of the most dominant players in all of Section V basketball. He had several other big games during his sophomore season including scoring 28 points against York and 27 points against Letchworth. He helped lead the team to the Section V, semi-final game that year where the Blue Devils lost a very tough two-point game to Red Creek. During his junior and senior years, he helped lead the Blue Devils to an overall record of 38-4. During this two-year period, the Blue Devils won back-to-back Livingston County championships with 17-1 regular season records in both seasons. This man put up absolutely phenomenal numbers averaging over 20 points and 20 rebounds per game during this title run. Two of his biggest regular season games came against division rivals. Against Warsaw on January 13, 1976, he finished with 25 points and 27 rebounds and two weeks later against Geneseo on January 30, 1976, where he finished with 24 points and 25 rebounds. Both of those efforts led Mount Morris to victories. Probably the biggest game in his career came in the Section V, Semi-final game against Bolivar in 1975 where his 35 points helped lead the Blue Devils to victory and onto the Sectional finals. That 35-point effort still today ranks him tied for the 13th highest point total in a Section V sectional game. It is no surprise that legendary Coach Donald Chichester was once quoted as saying that he “rates him with the very best of the stars he coached in 20 plus seasons.” In two straight years, 1974 and 1975, he was named to the Section V Class C all-tournament team. He was also named to both the All-Greater Rochester Basketball All-Star Team and All-New York State Small Schools Basketball Teams for two straight years in 1975 and 1976. With a career total of 1,145 points, he was the second leading point scorer in Mount Morris History upon graduation in 1975. Currently this total of 1,145 ranks third all-time in school history. His 474 points in the 1974-75 season also rank as the second highest single season point total in school history. His career average of 19.74 points per game ranks him second all-time in school history as well. A 1976 issue of the Rochester Times Union newspaper estimated his career rebound total at 970. After high school, he continued his basketball career by receiving a partial scholarship to play at St. John Fischer College. There he was a contributing member of some great teams. The 1977 team won the District NAIAA Championship and earned a trip to the NAIA tournament. The great 1979 team he played on was inducted into the St. John Fisher Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. In his spare time, he served four years as a CYO basketball coach.
On October 27, 2018, Chuck was inducted into the Section V Basketball Hall of Fame. The ceremony took place at the Burgundy Basin Inn in Pittsford, NY.
For more information, go to http://www.sectionvbasketball.com/ and click on Hall of Fame, then click on 2018.