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Club purchases scoreboard for Donegal Elementary

| Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 11:30 p.m.
Pictured from left: Polish Falcons Club of Mt. Pleasant president-Robert Welc, Donegal Elementary School principal, Scott Bryer, Mt. Pleasant Area High School athletic director-Dave Capozzi and Mt. Pleasant Area School District director of buildings and grounds Brian Ruff prepare to mount the new scoreboard in Donegal Elementary School gymnasium.

The Polish Falcons Club on Rumbaugh Avenue in Mt. Pleasant saw a need and filled it when it purchased a scoreboard for Donegal Elementary School.

“I was at a basketball game in the school's gymnasium and watched how they kept time and score with a small clock and realized their need for a scoreboard,” said Robert Welc, president of the Polish Falcons Club.

Welc then spoke to members at a club meeting, where the purchase was approved by vote.

Donegal Elementary School is the only elementary school in the Mt. Pleasant Area School District with a full-court gymnasium. The facility is primarily used for recreation organizations. However, Mt. Pleasant Lady Vikings occasionally uses the gymnasium for practice. Champion Christian School also uses the gymnasium for practice and a few games throughout the basketball season.

Four teams of Champion Christian School students in grades three through high school use the gymnasium during the season. Coach Jill Sharlock said it is important for parents, coaches and team players to see how much time is left during game play. She added the previous portable set up for time and scoring was in a closet.

“It will be wonderful. Donegal is very nice and will be even nicer with a new scoreboard next season,” Sharlock said.

The 3-foot by 6-foot multi-function scoreboard can be used for basketball or wrestling events. It will be mounted on the wall of the gymnasium in clear view for spectators, coaches and players to keep track of each game's action.

“We are thankful to the Polish Falcons for their donation. It will be beneficial for the school and our youth programs,” said Dave Capozzi, athletic director for Mt. Pleasant Area Junior/Senior High School.

The Mt. Pleasant Lady Junior Hoops, under the direction of J.C. Smith, is a developmental program for the high school's varsity team. The program is for girls in grades three through eight, who play in a winter travel league with other schools. The league consists of 30 to 40 teams, Smith said.

Smith said playing time at the high school gym is limited. The program stresses the development of skills, and the girls are taught the basics of the varsity system at Mt. Pleasant Area Junior/Senior High School.

Smith said to accomplish the program's goals, the girls need to practice and play games in a full-size regulation gym. Previously, with no scoreboard it was not feasible to reach that goal.

“It is greatly appreciated by our organization and will make the Donegal gym useful for all kids attending out Mt. Pleasant schools,” Smith said.

Kelly Vernon is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-547-5722 or