The athletic department rented a temporary scoreboard from York College for the fall after the original long-standing board was downed by straight-line winds.
By Ben Otte
“He basically told me we have a problem with the scoreboard [it] wasn’t in its usual upright position,” Mr. Arnold Fritzius recalled after talking to Mr. Kevin Zieber, who was at Horn Field preparing for a soccer game at the time. “I really thought he was pulling my chain.”
But then as Mr. Fritzius took a quick trip to Horn Field to assess the situation, he knew he wasn’t being played by Zieber.
The structure, which had been standing for approximately 45 years now, was in fact bent over backwards thanks to severe straight-line winds that blew through the area on September 12.
“It’s bizarre how such particular updrafts pushed all of that weight over,” Fritzius pointed out.
The big question now around campus: What is the next option for a new stationary scoreboard?
The old scoreboard will not be used again, according to Fritzius. Instead, the athletic department is teaming up with
Mr. Ben Smith of the TV studio to use this opportunity to replace a scoreboard and add video screen capabilities.
Not just any scoreboard is planned to be the replacement. In fact, Fritzius says a scoreboard with jumbo-screen-like capabilities is an option that the athletic department and the district would consider.
According to documents, such an investment could ask for prices exceeding $60,000. But despite the overwhelming amount, Fritzius says the investment would be well worth it.
“This gives us an opportunity for students to get involved and get them preperation for future careers. We could have students broadcast video feeds from the games being played through various angled cameras set up around Horn Field.”
Fritzius also adds that not only would this give the district the opportunity to highlight athletic achievement through video, but also achievement from other clubs and organizations through-out the district.
A high-end video scoreboard streams nothing but endless opportunities and excitement. But with that, must come patience.
“We want to ensure the best decision possible that will benefit the student body, as well as the community, the most,” says Fritzius.
An official proposal to start construction on a stationary scoreboard is slated for either the March 6 or March 20 school board meeting. The approved blueprints will promise a new scoreboard for the fall 2014 sports teams.
By Taylor Bosley
As October comes to an end, so do the fall sports seasons.
For the seniors, the end of this year’s seasons marks the end to their entire career. Though few of them plan to continue their careers at the college level.
Girl’s senior soccer players Taylor Sprenkle and Kylie Strong are two athletes who will continue playing beyond high school.
After all of the memories made with teammates through the many years, it was now coming to an end. Senior Taylor Sprenkle explained the feeling at senior night as being “bittersweet.”
“During the game I just kept telling myself that I needed to play this game like it was the last time I’d ever play soccer,” Sprenkle said about her emotions on the field.
Although it was not the last time she would play soccer, it was the last time she would play on Horn Field with the girls she spent the last four years with.
Sprenkles’ high school career may be over, but she has an exciting soccer future to look forward to as she will be committing to Millersville to be a part of their 2014 team. Sprenkle will be playing alongside her sister Tori Sprenkle, a 2013 Red Lion graduate.
Senior Kylie Strong also had many emotions during her senior night. She, too, was amazed at how quickly time passes.
“It was amazing how fast those three years went by. It’s finally your senior night and you’re the one walking as they announce you,” Strong said.
Strong will also be continuing her soccer career in college as she was offered a scholarship to play at Drexel next year, that of which she accepted.
The senior night game ended with a score of 0-0, tieing Central.
Despite not pulling out the win on Senior Night against the Panthers of Central York (0-0 tie), Strong reminisced at what happened that night and couldn’t help but to smile. “I’d take a tie over a loss to Central any day.”
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