B-UHS softball ‘Field of Dreams’ project seeking donors

BUCKHANNON – In June 2018, the Upshur County Board of Education gave its stamp of approval for the Buckhannon-Upshur High School Softball Boosters to proceed with their proposed project to create a “Field of Dreams” for the girls team.

The first phase of the “Field of Dreams” could start to morph into a reality come March, the chair of the committee for the new field said last week.

During the board of education meeting that summer, Brett Robinson, chair of the new field committee, and Rick Reynolds, then-B-UHS vice principal and athletic director shared their vision for the new field, which they said would be located just above the B-UHS baseball field.

At the time, the group explained the project would have four phases. Those included relocating the discus cage and installing a basic practice field there with an infield area and bases. Phase two would include installing bleachers and dugouts, and phase three would include construction of perimeter fences. Meanwhile, phase four would be erecting proper lighting.

Robinson and Reynolds explained the need for the new field at the high school, saying the B-UHS and B-UMS softball teams face scheduling problems due to using the same field for games and practice. High school students traveling to the middle school field on a school bus are prohibited from taking their bat bags, they said.

When My Buckhannon checked in with Robinson last week, he said the group is still fundraising for the “Field of Dreams” project and remains determined to see it through until the end.

“Our first phase will cost approximately $50,000,” Robinson said. “The total on that has probably grown since then. I had underestimated the cost of the lighting. I talked to some people about the lighting, and it will be the biggest expense. The lights themselves will be about $140,000. The field is going to be completed by a company that builds baseball and softball fields professionally.”

Robinson said he has talked with Sen. Bill Hamilton, R-Upshur, and the two discussed looking for grant-funding opportunities that might help bolster the boosters’ capital campaign for the “Field of Dreams.”

“I am planning on proceeding on constructing the field and doing some partial fencing,” he said. “We are going to make phase one happen as soon as possible. I anticipate that we will start construction beginning when the weather breaks, around March.”

He said the first thing to come will be the dirt work, followed by the bases and field.

“The fence is dependent on our receiving additional funds,” Robinson said. “The press box, masonry and other items will come later in the project. My goal this spring is to have a place for the girls to practice.”

One of the biggest challenges is scheduling, according to Robinson.

“It’s always a scheduling issue between the middle school and high school, especially with the time change,” he said. “The lights at the middle school have not worked for about two years. The county has done nothing about that. Buckhannon-Upshur is one of only six or seven AAA schools in the state that does not have a dedicated softball facility.”

Robinson said the project has received some generous donations – from St. Joseph’s Hospital WVU Medicine, Weyerhaeuser, John Jenkins, J.F. Allen and other businesses in Buckhannon. He said they are continuing their fundraising but noted that many potential donors prefer to see some activity before they give money to this kind of project.

Still, Robinson insisted the “Field of Dreams” project will be a reality someday.

“We need more community support and more finances to make sure this project is completed,” Robinson said. “It’s what it all boils down to – we need more donations to make this happen for the kids. It is going to be professionally done. When I went out and started getting donors, I found that it’s the same donors who donate all the time. I think getting the word out and having more participation is what you need.”

Robinson said he intends to stick with the “Field of Dreams” project to the end, even if when it extends after his daughter, Alli, graduates this year.

“We started something, and we are going to finish it and see it through to the end,” Robinson said. “We will get it done. It may take five years – it may take 10 years – but we are going to make it happen.”

Individuals, groups, organizations or businesses willing to help or donate to the “Field of Dreams” project can contact Robinson by calling 304-703-7625.

SHOPS & SERVICES

Featured

Fish Hawk Acres invites community to events this October

BUCKHANNON – Mark your calendar: Fish Hawk Acres will offer several exciting events this month. Experience the fun and fine dining of Fish Hawk Acres through their Wine Clubs and Farm Dinner Series. Register for

Buckhannon: Then & Now – Scott’s Service Station

Buckhannon: Then and Now. Join us in showcasing Upshur County throughout history and today. Scott’s Service Station was owned by Tennerton’s own Harold Scott. This was a full-service station where drivers would pull in to

Upshur County proclaims Oct. 2-8 as National 4-H Week

BUCKHANNON –A local group has started a new program called the Upshur County 4-H Teen Ambassadors. Upshur County 4-H Extension Agent Craig Presar attended the Sept. 29 Upshur County Commission meeting to introduce one of the new ambassadors and proclaim […]

There’s more to this story! Unlock immediate access to everything on our site and get two extra months free when you subscribe for a year. Signing up is easy — just tap the button below.

Fish Hawk Acres invites community to events this October

BUCKHANNON – Mark your calendar: Fish Hawk Acres will offer several exciting events this month. Experience the fun and fine dining of Fish Hawk Acres through their Wine Clubs and Farm Dinner Series. Register for

Breast Cancer Awareness Day to be observed at SYCC on Monday, Oct. 3

BUCKHANNON – In 2022, an estimated 1,470 West Virginia women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 290 women will die from the disease. The Upshur County Commission proclaimed October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month during their Sept. 29 […]

There’s more to this story! Unlock immediate access to everything on our site and get two extra months free when you subscribe for a year. Signing up is easy — just tap the button below.

SHOPS & SERVICES

WVWC cross country teams run at Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The West Virginia Wesleyan cross country program competed at the Live in Lou Classic on Saturday (October 1) in Louisville, Ky. The men`s team ran an 8K and finished 16th out of

WVWC Volleyball

Volleyball Lady ‘Cats fall to West Virginia State

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Wesleyan volleyball team (5-12, 1-3) was defeated by West Virginia State (17-1, 4-0) on Friday (Sept. 30) night at the Rockefeller Center in Buckhannon, W.Va. WVWC LeadersHope Arce-Reed led

Carpenter’s Crunch Time Column: Bucs look for the upset at UHS

BUCKHANNON – We have a lot of big games this week so let’s get right down to business. Brian Bergstrom gained yet another game on last week posting a 4-1 mark while I went 3-2. This is starting to reach […]

There’s more to this story! Unlock immediate access to everything on our site and get two extra months free when you subscribe for a year. Signing up is easy — just tap the button below.

SHOPS & SERVICES