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Fix JB Sports serves up funds for tennis court repairs

May 21, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com
  • Matt Filomeno, left, and Wes Powers prepare tennis courts near James Buchanan High School in Mercersburg, Pa., for paving. Fundraisers are under way to pay for the tennis courts and other improvements to athletic facilities.
By Jennifer Fitch/Staff Writer

MERCERSBURG, Pa. — Surface repairs began Monday for the Tuscarora School District’s tennis courts, which are the latest athletic facilities to benefit from Fix JB Sports fundraising.

A donation from Tom Beddard of Lady Moon Farms helped to make the tennis court project a reality, according to Marianne Quinn, a parent and active member of the Fix JB Sports committee.

“This year, we have collected enough that we could go forward with that” project, Quinn said. It will cost $150,000 to $200,000, she said.

James Buchanan High School Athletic Director Larry Strawoet said he, his son and tennis players disassembled the tennis courts’ fabric fence last Wednesday. Rockwell Construction is doing demolition, and Lancaster Asphalt is doing the paving.

A new fence will be installed next week.

Fix JB Sports, which is part of the nonprofit James Buchanan Athletic Boosters Association, announced in late January that it reached the $1 million mark in contributions and pledges. Its total goal is $1.97 million.

Fix JB Sports has rebuilt the high school track and upgraded the locker rooms for those using the swimming pool. It recently purchased a new timing system and scoreboard for the pool.

“To look at our kids and their attitudes and feelings toward our facilities ... they can now participate on a level playing field” with other schools, Strawoet said.

The school district rented Mercersburg Academy’s tennis courts for about seven years, Strawoet said. Clinics might be held over the summer on the new courts, and female players will use them in the fall, he said.

“They’re excited to be able to play on their own campus,” Strawoet said.

“I’m really looking forward to the first home tennis matches this fall,” Quinn said.

Plans are being developed for a new concession stand and restrooms in the football stadium, according to Strawoet and Quinn.

Fix JB Sports started three years ago with a small group of supporters talking about capital projects after Tuscarora’s voters rejected a proposed $35 million renovation to the high school and athletic facilities.

“It’s obviously been a partnership this whole time between the district and Fix JB Sports. That partnership is an important one,” Strawoet said.

About 300 students participate in sports each year, and now they have safe facilities, Strawoet said.

“I don’t think there are a lot of communities and campaigns that have reached this success,” he said.

Proceeds from the Tom Shelly Memorial 5K walk/run Saturday will benefit Fix JB Sports. The event begins at 9 a.m. on the track. For more information, log on to http://fixjbsports.org.

The Tuscarora School District includes James Buchanan high school and middle schools in Mercersburg and four elementary schools.

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