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Town of Goshen donates $10,000 to Lady Eagles softball project

Published 10:26pm Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The old sports adage “Success brings about change,” is coming to be realized in Goshen. The Goshen Lady Eagle softball team has had plenty of success in recent memory, including back-to-back trips to the Alabama High School Athletic Association State Tournament in the last two seasons.

The Lady Eagles will have new nest so to speak in the future, possibly as soon as the 2014 season.

The Town of Goshen presented Dr. Warren Weeks, principal of Goshen High School, with a check Wednesday morning in the amount of $10,000 to go towards the construction of a new on-campus softball facility at Goshen High School.

Goshen Mayor Jack Waller feels the benefit of the donation will go well beyond the dollars and cents.

“We are more than happy to be able to give back to the young people of the Goshen community,” Waller said. “The sports programs at the recreation level and with the school have grown so much over the last few years, that this new field is needed. It is an investment in our young children that will benefit in the future.”

For years, the Goshen softball team has shared facilities with the recreation leagues during the late-spring months. That will no longer be an issue, as the Lady Eagles will move across the street to the school campus.

The new field will be constructed in between the football stadium and baseball field, on what now serves as the football practice field/stadium parking lot. The dimensions of the field are not known at this time, but the layout will position the field away from the sun. The backstop will be near the football locker rooms, and the outfield fence will nearly butt up against the outfield wall off the baseball field.

Weeks is thankful of the generosity of the Goshen council.

“I am very fortunate to be here at Goshen,” Weeks said. “Our school is growing, and this is just another phase in that. We appreciate the council donating this money, and it will be a great asset to get construction underway soon.”

The new facility was something that former coach, the late Dee Hughes, dreamed of, Weeks said. He feels the new complex would not have come to be without her efforts over the past seasons.

“This project was something that Coach Hughes and I talked about a lot,” Weeks said. “In fact, the last conversation we had I was able to tell her that the field was a go. She was very excited to her it. She worked so hard for these players and students here at Goshen and this was her dream.”

Weeks also thanked the Troy University softball program and head coach Melanie Davis, as well as Troy Athletic Director John Hartwell and Pike County Sheriff Russell Thomas for helping make the new facility come to be. The project is set to begin next week, and could be finished in time for the 2014 softball season, which begins in February.

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