Exeter to upgrade athletic facilities

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Softball field receives 24-ton makeover

The Exeter softball team received the first of three facility improvements recently.

The Lady Tigers' field received a new playing service, and its dugouts were upgraded.

The field improvements totaled roughly $2,000, and volunteer labor helped the district cut down on some extra costs.

"Larry Meyer, a school board member, and myself spread 24 tons of the new field surface," said Jay Allen, Exeter athletic director. "Our girls are 6-1 this spring and desperately needed the upgrade. We have a lot of interest in the program from the high school all the way down to the grade-school level."

The softball field improvements are only the first step. Exeter plans to install new backstop netting at both the baseball and softball fields after flirting with the idea of using chicken wire as a cost-saving measure.

Also, the school board is looking at constructing a new weight-lifting room.

"There is a plan in place for the district to build a FEMA shelter," Allen said. "The final use of the facility could include a weight-lifting room. Either way, we need a better facility for our kids to weight train."

Exeter students now do their lifting in a two-car garage. With area schools such as Purdy, Southwest and Verona recently constructing or remodeling weight training facilities, Allen said Exeter needs to keep pace.

"In reality, it is that we need a new weight-lifting facility instead of just wanting a new one," Allen said. "Our kids need a better place, a more spacious place and a safer place to lift."

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