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Originally published: 2013-02-21 20:50:51
Last modified: 2013-02-21 20:50:51

Indoor batting facility receives $6,000 boost

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

The Will Dicus Indoor Training Facility Fund received a check for $6,000 from the Will Dicus Memorial Baseball Tournament committee at the Watauga High Media Center.

Tournament directors Marty Lambert was on hand to make the donation to the building fund, which is raising money to construct an indoor baseball and softball practice facility.

The donation leaves the fund with $49,000. The goal is to raise $100,000 through the baseball tournament, through selling fundraising bricks for $100 each and through sponsorship.

About 160 bricks are been sold, and have been purchased, according to Patti Turner. She also said that bricks are still on sale, which will be placed with regular bricks, but will be a different color.

“They’ll lock together when they sit in the sand,” Turner said. “When we sell more memory bricks, we can pop out the regular bricks and replace them.”

The fund committee is also considering other avenues of fundraising, including prep basketball tournaments for varsity and junior varsity teams. Planning the tournaments is in the early stages.

Turner also said the school board approved the sales of business signs to be placed along the outfield fences in the Watauga High baseball and softball fields. Those signs would be sold for $500 and have a four-year lease.

They would be made out of mesh, so they could be removed in case of inclement weather. 

The baseball tournament also committed of $2,000 matching funds to the Boone Optimist Club to help maintain the baseball fields at Optimist Park, and $1,000, to the Bakken family. Brady Bakken is battling Burkitt's Lymphoma.