Community effort raises scoreboard for Bruins soccer, softball
You could hear the question being asked several times a game, every game. What is the score?
That’s the question that would permeate the crowd nearly every inning at Bear River girls softball games. With no scoreboard to reveal the game situation, fans often were left at a loss for the score, the inning, and the amount of outs.
Bear River student Will Last, with some help from the community, found a way to answer those questions.
Last, a junior who plays on the baseball team, helped orchestrate the raising of a scoreboard that will serve both the Bear River softball team as well as the Bruins’ boys and girls soccer teams.
“I thought it would be a good project and thought I could help out,” Last said. “I did everything from getting (financial) donations, getting people to also donate their time and I did most of the paperwork.”
Last decided to take on this endeavor as his Eagle Scout project. He has been a Boy Scout since the sixth grade and was a Cub Scout before that. His sister, Rachel Last, also played on the Bear River softball team from 2011-2014.
Getting the scoreboard up and working was no easy task, said Last. Citing that it was a community effort.
Bear River athletic Director Duane Ganskie said the project was estimated at $50,000 by the district, but with a $5,000 initial donation from Gold Country Soccer and a myriad of volunteer help, the final bill was just $2,500, which was covered by the Bear River athletic department.
“It’s really unique because it will benefit two programs,” Ganskie said. “It’s really neat that we got two programs to come together for this project. To ask one program to be responsible for a $50,000 project is a little overwhelming, but you get two on it and you see what can happen. The soccer threw down the cash and the softball team rounded up the rest.”
Volunteering time and materials to make the scoreboard project happen were Andrew Pawlowski of Siteline Architecture, who prepared the plans, Hansen Bros. donated concrete and a trencher, LHL Construction donated the steel beams, McGuire and Hester donated labor and rebar cages, Holdredge and Kull helped out with the engineering, PG&E donated labor and auger work, Kurt Johnson chipped in welding and cutting, Tim Colbert from C.A.S.E. Contracting did the electrical installation, Consolidated Electrical Distributors donated electric supplies and Boy Scout Troop 855 pitched in labor.
The scoreboard went up in late September, is already running, and has kept fans informed during the last few Bear River boys soccer games.
To contact Sports Editor Walter Ford, call 530-477-4232 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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