When Purdue put the bleachers from Lambert Field on sale this spring, Delphi administrators felt the deal was too good to pass up.
Not only was the price right, but the gold and black color scheme fit the Oracles’ own school colors.
The financial benefit grew when the school received overwhelming support from community members for disassembling and moving the bleachers. While the project is not complete, Delphi administrators approximate the savings anywhere from $70-100,000, compared with the cost of new bleachers.
“Being a close-knit community and a farming community, several farmers had finished with putting in crops and volunteered to come and help with that,” Delphi Superintendent Ralph Walker said. “It was really a neat day of everyone working together on a project.”
Delphi had been shuffling bleachers back and forth between the baseball, soccer and tennis facilities. According to Superintendent Ralph Walker, funds for replacement bleachers were included in a general obligation bond for $780,000 that was passed in July 2011.
With Lambert Field closing at the end of the Boilermaker baseball season, Purdue held an online auction that included several items. Bidding for the bleachers, with a listed capacity of 700 to 800, began at $7,000. Walker posted the winning bid of $25,200.
Delphi was also responsible for disassembling and transporting the bleachers away from Lambert by June 1. Ross Striebeck, who oversees capital projects and buildings and facilities as Delphi’s Director of Operations, estimated the school corporation’s cost for hiring a company to move the bleachers to the school at $20,000.
So he reached out to former Delphi students and other community members for help. Jason Pearson of Tri-Green Tractor, Wise and Wise Farms and Nathan Wilson all provided semis, trailers or other equipment, and nearly two dozen people helped with the moving day project.
A project Striebeck expected to take multiple days was finished in one.
“I’ve been spoiled over the years,” said Striebeck, a longtime Delphi agriculture teacher before he became an administrator. “I’ve been here 28 years and three-fourths of the kids we have in school are kids of former students. It makes for great relationships.
“People are wonderful. It doesn’t surprise me because they’ve always been there.”
The middle section of the bleachers will go to the Delphi soccer field, and the left and right sections will serve as the home and visitor bleachers at the baseball field. Striebeck said modifications necessary to bring the bleachers to code will cost about $13,000.
Battle for the Border
The 2nd annual Battle for the Border All-Star Basketball Classic will be held June 29-30 in Danville, Ill., and Covington. The event features teams of high school seniors from eastern Illinois and western Indiana.
Lafayette Jeff’s Rashad Richardson will compete for the Western Indiana boys, along with Seeger’s Cody Kuiper, Covington’s Anthony Spezia and Southmont’s Austin Burton. Area competitors for the Western Indiana girls, coached by Seeger’s Brent Rademacher, include Seeger’s Kelsey Griswold, Christen Lord, Kelcey Swisher and Arielle Verhey, Fountain Central’s Chelsea Carver and Madison Stockdale and Benton Central’s Ayren Cobb.
Honorary coach for the Western Indiana team is Tom Crowder, who played at North Vermillion before playing with Larry Bird on Indiana State’s 1978-79 NCAA runner-up.
At the David S. Palmer Arena in Danville, Ill., on June 29, games will be held at 6:30 p.m. (girls) and 8:30 (boys). On the following night at Covington High School, games will be played at 6 (girls) and 8 (boys).
Tickets for the Danville games are $5 for general admission and $10 for floor seating and are currently available at the Palmer Arena Box Office, 100 West Main St. Tickets for the Covington games, available on the night of the event, are $5.
WRC coaching changes
Tim Garbison has stepped down after 11 seasons as Fountain Central’s baseball coach. Garbison coached the Mustangs to Class 2A sectional championships in 2007 and ’09.
Covington has promoted Travis Brown to head football coach. Brown has been a Trojans assistant for the past four seasons under Phil Cunningham, who stepped down in April to pursue his administrative license.
The Trojans are coming off of back-to-back winning seasons, including a 6-5 mark in 2011.
Martin to Hanover
Central Catholic graduate Sydney Martin will continue her softball career at Hanover College.
Martin was CC’s starting center fielder on a team that advanced to the Class A north semistate championship game this past season.
Martin batted .436 with 13 runs batted and scored 25 runs for the Knights this season. Hanover, an NCAA Division III program in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, went 11-27 last season.
Brown chooses Olivet
After going 20-2 at No. 1 doubles this season, Fountain Central graduate Amy Brown will continue her tennis career at Olivet.
Brown signed with the NAIA Division I school in Bourbannais, Ill., following a year where she teamed with Chelsea Carver to win the Wabash River Conference doubles title. Brown was all-Wabash River Conference for three years and helped lead the Mustangs to three straight sectional titles.
Harrison trio qualifies
Harrison graduates Jenalle Beaman and Molly Spitznagle and incoming senior Kayla Ostrom, members of Circle City Volleyball Club’s 18 Purple team will face against some of the nation’s elite competition beginning June 28.
Beaman (signed with Hillsdale), Spitznagle (Lipscomb) and Ostrom (has accepted a walk-on position at Purdue) led the Circle City 18 Purple team to a qualifying spot in the USA Volleyball Girls Junior National Championships in Columbus, Ohio.
Incoming Rossville senior Brinsley Cooper also qualified for the national championships in Columbus with the Circle City 17 Purple team.