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September 1, 2011

Boosters, Private Donors Provide New Scoreboards for SCR-I

Scotland County sports fans will be able to follow the scores at home games much easier thanks to the efforts of local boosters. New scoreboards have been installed at the football and softball fields just in time for the start of the 2011 seasons.

The softball field, located east of the elementary school, has received a major facelift. In addition to the new scoreboard provided by the school and Pepsi-Cola of Memphis, a new batting cage and new concession stand and restrooms are ready for the 2011 season.

The batting cage, located west of the field, was funded by a private softball tournament held this summer. The concession stand and restrooms were made possible by a joint effort of the booster club, little league and private boosters.

Fans in the stands at SCR-I football games will be able to keep abreast of all the important details courtesy of the new scoreboard, located directly north of the main grandstands.

The $10,000 piece of technology was purchased by the booster club along with donations made by Pepsi, Scotland County Pharmacy, Exchange Bank of Northeast Missouri and Mayberry Farms.

"Our scoreboard was over 20 years old," said coach Brent Bondurant. "It definitely had seen its better days."

Estimates to refurbish the original scoreboard came in at $7,000 to $8,000 so the decision was relatively easy to replace it with a new version, complete with LED lighting and wireless connections.

Volunteers from the Scotland County Road and Bridge Department helped set the metal posts for the scoreboards at both fields.

"We can't thank them enough," Bondurant said. "Without those guys we would have been stuck before we ever got started."

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