The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Tornado Outbreak 2011

October 26, 2011

Work on tornado-damaged East High ballfields set to begin next month

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ATHENS —

Squeeze play

Workers would be under a tight deadline to complete the repairs before the start of baseball/softball season.

“Everything is going to have to fall in place perfectly for it to work,” said board president Earl Glaze.

There is no contingency plan in place if the work is not finished.

Baseball coach Bill Tribble told board members Athens High School baseball coach Thad Prater “has been great” in trying to find a way for East to use its field for a few games but there was no way to play all of them there. Booster Club president Tribble said there were no other fields available.

Board member Charles Shoulders wondered if the team could simply schedule all away games, but Tribble said the team relies on proceeds generated from home games. He said he hosts a preseason tournament that generates $4,000 to $5,000, which pays for equipment, officials and other costs. The team also relies on proceeds from the sale of concessions, he said.

Tribble said the softball team is in a lot better place because it can rent a field elsewhere.

 

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