Indoor batting fund receives $6,000 donation
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
The building fund that will be used to construct an indoor batting facility for Watauga High’s baseball and softball teams received a $6,000 donation from the Will Dicus Memorial Baseball Tournament.
The building fund, which is trying to raise at least $120,000 to build the facility, was one of several benefactors from the tournament, which was held in June. The tournament also donated $2,000 to the Boone Optimist Club to help with improvements to the Optimist baseball fields.
“We hope to couple this with support from our local home improvement stores and have a workday next spring where youth baseball players and parents can devote time and energy to upgrade our fields on a volunteer weekend,” Bill Dicus, who is the president of the Will Dicus Foundation, said in a news release. “If everyone will get on board, we can do a lot of good for youth baseball in Boone.”
The tournament featured 30 teams from age groups eight to 14. Randall Miller Trucking of Boone helped sponsor the tournament, which also made donations to the softball program at Ashe County High School and to the Brady Bakken family. Bakken is battling Burkett’s lymphoma.
The Will Dicus Foundation turns its attention to its next project — a December holiday youth basketball tournament. No definite dates regarding the tournament have been announced.