DOBSON — The Surry Central Athletics Department is looking to spearhead a handful of projects this summer to improve the aesthetics of the Golden Eagles’ athletic facilities.
On Monday, the Surry County Board of Education accepted a pair of proposals for summer improvements from Surry Central Athletic Director Myles Wilmoth.
His first request was to have the Surry County Schools’ Maintenance Department mount new speakers and install the necessary wiring at the Lady Eagles’ softball field.
The Surry Central softball field currently doesn’t have its own public address system. The team must either use the baseball field’s speakers or create a makeshift system of their own. Surry Central has already raised the necessary funds to purchase the new sound system.
The components will be located in the baseball field dugout storeroom, where the baseball system is currently located. The speakers will be placed on existing light poles and three wires will need to be buried. Wilmoth is hoping to begin the installation of the sound system sometime in late June and complete the entire process before the next school year begins.
Wilmoth’s second request was to install a spotlight in the varsity gym to improve the basketball gameday atmosphere. The spotlight will be purchased with funds from Surry Central’s upcoming basketball camp that runs July 11-14.
The light will be mounted in the steel rafters of the gymnasium and would require an available power source. The project would only take a day, and Surry Central will go ahead with installation some time in July after the basketball camp.
Robert Draughn, director of plant operations for the Surry County school system, looked at both sits involved with Wilmoth’s proposals and agreed with Surry Central’s recommended course of action.
These aren’t the only upgrades Surry Central athletes can look forward to in the next school year.
The Eagles just recently completed a new weight room and received the corresponding equipment on Thursday. Carpentry students at the school helped complete the weight room’s flooring and painting, while an art class helped spice up the new facility by painting a picture of an Eagle on one of the walls.
The Surry Central baseball field won the “Region 7” Field of the Year award in 2015 from the North Carolina Baseball Coaches Association, and the Eagles will continue to polish their state-recognized field this summer by moving the batting cages to a more aesthetically pleasing position, according to Wilmoth.
The Eagles also hope to complete the beautification of the back entrance to the school. The walkway was recently repaved, and Surry Central is planning to install an enclosed fence along with upgrades to the surrounding landscaping.
Finally, Wilmoth will go back to the board in July hoping for another upgrade involving the Surry Central softball field. Wilmoth wants to improve the irrigation system and install Bermuda grass into the outfield.
“Many of these renovations are made possible from the donations of the Surry Central Booster Club,” Wilmoth said. “We couldn’t survive without them, and the boosters have done a tremendous job supporting our students and the athletics they compete in.”
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