Elks make $5,000 donation to CCHS spring sports

Those on hand for the presentation of a $5,000 donation from Elks Lodge 1115 to CCHS athletics were (front row, from left) student-athletes Shelby Lane, Allie Felker, Logan Smiley, Deontaye Walsh and Gabe Dyer and (back row, from left) CCHS softball head coach Seath Butts, CCHS Assistant Athletics Director Waynee McGowan, Michael Hall, Elks Lodge 1115 Exalted Ruler Chris Rogers, CCHS Athletics Director Kim Farmer, Elks Lodge 1115 member Jay Davis, CCHS baseball assistant coach Dono McGregor, CCHS baseball head coach Jimmy Dyer and CCHS baseball assistant coach Jake McCoy.

Caldwell County High School athletics received a $5,000 donation from the local Elks Lodge to help with improvements for spring sports.

Those sports include baseball, softball, tennis and track and field.

Chris Rogers, the exalted ruler of the Benevolent Protective Order of the Elks Lodge 1115 said the money came from club funds.

“The school system obviously, has not been able to do any of its fundraisers for their sports and bands and things,” he said. “Last fall, we made a donation to both sports and the band. This time, we’re making one for improvements to the spring sports facilities.”

CCHS Athletics Director Kim Farmer said the donation would be used in a variety of ways for the spring sports.

“This will go toward a high jump pit for track and astroturf (for the baseball and softball indoor facility in the Butler Building),” she said. “There may be a couple more things out at the baseball field.

“With the softball field getting new turf last year, there’s not really a whole lot that needs to be done there. The baseball field is getting yellow piping on top of the fence, and we’re going to fix the outside blue wall in the back field. It’s kind of leaning in on one side.”

Farmer added that new backstops would be installed for baseball and softball.

“The big major concern of mine is safety netting for baseball,” she said. “Tennis is in pretty good shape. There aren’t a lot of needs that they have this year. They have a ball machine and the courts were resurfaced a couple of years ago.”

Farmer said the installation of the new items should not take long to put in.

• Farmer said that admission to all spring sports would go through TicketLeap for home and visiting attendees.

“For football and basketball, we sold passes, but with this being an outdoor sport, you never know, so we’re just going to do TicketLeap,” she said, referring to COVID-19 concerns, adding that the plan is to not sell tickets at the gate. “The less human contact that we have, the better off we’ll be.”

Tickets will be available through TicketLeap.com.