KELLOGG— Teeters Field is getting well needed upgrade as crews are putting some of the final touches on a new scoreboard down at the century old sports field.
The new 24-foot wireless controlled, LED light scoreboard is going to be a significant upgrade over the smaller one that had been in use for the past few decades.
Over the past few years, the old scoreboard was failing miserably as lights continuously burned out and multiple short-outs in the wiring made consistent operation a nightmare for the scorekeepers.
The old scoreboard also could not be read when it was daylight out, so spectators at activities such as soccer, JV football, and the first halves of early September varsity football games generally were forced to guess at the score or keep track themselves.
The project has been on the list of all of the Kellogg High School’s (KHS) athletic directors for the past few years, but with timing and budgetary restraints- it has simply never happened until now.
Local Yoke’s Fresh Market store manager Everett Jennings saw the way other community’s had raised funds for equipment and decided that he would speak to Lisa Cheney, the now former KHS athletic director, and get the ball rolling on the project.
“I approached Lisa and told her that I had gotten a donation from Yoke’s corporate offices and was looking to see what they could use it for,” Jennings said. “We both knew we wanted to work on a new scoreboard, but we had to make sure it would actually be possible.”
After rounding up donations from the community, the Kellogg School District was only responsible for a very small portion of the costs for the entire project.
“The scoreboard cost over $27,000,” Jennings said. “But after installation and materials for installation the total cost is right around $50,000.”
Through donations of time, materials, and money, the school only had to chip in around 10 percent of the total cost.
“There were a few times where we changed our plans based on the amount we had, but the community really stepped up to help make this something nice that we can be proud of,” Cheney said. “It will be nice to not have to have someone or something holding two wires together for an entire half of a football game for the scoreboard to work.”