MINGO CONTROL – More track is being made for sports facilities on the Indian Creek High School campus, board members learned Oct. 20.
During the meeting at Hills Elementary School, Superintendent TC Chappelear highlighted what happened with the new softball field being built and the student athletic center that was created in the former music building. The details came when the board approved a $5,000 grant from Bates LITE for the field’s new scoreboard. Chappelear said more work was underway to get the softball facility ready for spring while the athletic complex was ready for occupancy.
“They are working on the softball field and they are adding drainage,” he said. “We hope that the concrete slab will be poured from first to third base. We are working with construction company Doug Freshwater to build the masonry holes. His company donates part of their work and we appreciate that. “
Board member Ted Starkey mentioned the Bates donation while Vice President John Figel asked more. The superintendent replied that Assistant Coach John Kuczykowski had been collecting more donations.
“He’s trying to get one more promise,” The Chapel answered. “He has received four $5,000 pledges.”
District leaders are eyeing a March completion date in hopes of holding games at the site next to the new high school building, which was once a basketball field. It will be a full turf facility and officials have said this is the first time Indian Creek has had a softball field on campus. The team previously played at the Bantam Ridge Road site but moved to the Mingo Junction field operated by the Indian Creek Junior Softball League three years ago. The Vasco Massillon Group is building the new arena with James Sauer of JT Sauer and Associates Sports Architecture and Design in Canonsburg, Pa., as the sports arena architect. The two companies were also involved in the creation of the Indian Creek soccer field four years ago and the funding for the current project is through the area’s permanent development fund.
Chappelear continued that the Indian Creek Student Athletic Center was ready for occupancy. The former music building was renovated to serve as an athletics annex with a wrestling room and weight room. Hammond Construction, the company involved in school construction projects, has overseen the project and the facility will include weight lifting equipment obtained with a $50,000 grant from the Charles M. Charitable Trust and Thelma M. Pugliese.
“The student athletic center got fully occupied and there will be a wrestling practice room on the left and a weight room on the right. The weights were provided through generous donations from the Hammack family and the Pugliese Foundation.”
A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held to formally open the building.