Monday, November 22, 1999

Lakota West ready to build two press boxes for baseball

Enquirer Contributor

        UNION TOWNSHIP — Two press boxes at Lakota West High School could be built in time for the 2000 baseball season, if the school board gives the go-ahead.

        Lakota West Booster President Lyman Smith and varsity baseball coach Bill Dreisbach presented plans last week for the two-story, 10- by 20-foot block structures with red vinyl siding.

        One would be built behind the backstop at the softball field, the other beside the first base line, close to the dugout at the baseball field.

        “We had to downsize a bit from our original plans,” Mr. Smith told the Lakota school board. “We've raised the funds and the bids are in under budget. We've been very careful to talk to contractors that are insured.”

        The press boxes would be paid for through a $26,000 donation from the boosters and $17,000 from several fund-raisers both teams held the past year, Mr. Dreisbach said.

        Particularly successful were a spaghetti dinner that netted $4,500 and the Firebird Field Sponsorship. Under the sponsorship, businesses pay $500 for a sign along the field fence, recognition at ball games and an ad in the preseason program.

        The bottom half of each press box is to be used for concessions. Each would have electrical wiring, but no water, Mr. Dreisbach said. The outside of the block structure would be painted.

        Construction can begin next month if board members approve the project at their Nov. 30 special meeting.

        “We feel this is going to add excitement to our games,” Mr. Dreisbach said.

        “We've gotten a lot of support for this. It's been a team effort between the boosters, parents, coaches, kids, athletic department and district administrators.”


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