If you’ve been to a baseball game at Valley View in the last few years, you know that the scoreboard had seen better days.
“Unfortunately, the old scoreboard did not always work,” acknowledges Theresa J. Malski-Pezak of the Valley View Booster Club. “And when it did work, the display was not always visible. It is very hard to follow a game when you don’t know the score or the count. In addition, the old scoreboard did not have our team logo or name on it. The varsity field is very nice and the club felt a new scoreboard would only enhance our field.”
But, of course, that meant raising money — something the booster club is very good at. They set to work.
“The club decided to set aside the money raised from the purse bingo in 2017 to purchase the new scoreboard.” In addition to the purse bingo the club also held a pie and poinsettia sale.
“This year on April 8, we will have another purse bingo to cover the additional costs of dismantling the old scoreboard and installing the new one. The new scoreboard is much larger than the old one and the weather only made it an even bigger challenge.”
Also on the fundraising agenda: memorial bricks.
“The bricks will be in two sizes,” explained Malski-Pezak. “In addition to names and dates, clipart or logos can be added. We hope alumni, current and past players, members and organizations in the community support this endeavor by purchasing a brick on their behalf or on behalf of someone else. The bricks will be displayed at the field.”
The bricks are $50 for a 4-inch-by-8-inch brick or $100 for an 8-inch-by-8-inch brick. The information will be on the group’s Facebook page — Friends of Cougar Baseball — and they be handing out flyers at events. People can purchase the bricks through Facebook, or from any member or by mailing the order form to Friends of Cougar Baseball, Box 123, Peckville, PA 18452.
The scoreboard has been completed, despite the recent weather. However, Malski-Pezak said there always a need for more funds.
“The club continues to incur expenses every year for such things as the banquet, end of the season, gifts for all players, supplementing the uniforms and miscellaneous items the teams need throughout the season.”
The club meets every third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. in the high school library.
“We welcome new members,” she added.