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MHS Press Box Coming Along

By Staff | Jul 28, 2010

The Magnolia Blue Eagle Alumni Field is getting a face-lift this season with the help of a few good men and some outstanding community businesses. The project came from none other than Ron Brill, who is hardly a novice helping with many projects throughout New Martinsville. But, his idea to build a new press box started after the last Blue Eagle football game in the 2009-10 season.

The old press box was a mess. It was infested with termites and was held together by the grace of God.

The work began, with the help of Bridgeport Tool, Magnolia Boosters, and several initial volunteers: Dave Grandstaff, Tom Shepherd, Ron Hoyt, Carl Schmalz, Brady Howell, Pat Kerns, Mike Simmons, Joe Mollendick, Brian Castilow, Mark Blair, John Kacor, Matt Bland, Joe Hanna, and Greg Bohrer.

“This project wouldn’t have been possible without the help and generosity of Bridgeport Tools Managers Chris Walters and Rick Hissom,” said Brill.

Of course the project would have never materialized without the blessing of the Wetzel County Board of Education and MHS Principal Kathi Schmalz.

Later, the project picked up others who assisted: Allan Miller Concrete, Riverside Block, Ace Home Center, Carter Lumber, Quality Aluminum, Wayside, Boo Litman, Universal, and PPG Industries.

They knew that they needed to start right away if they had any chance to complete the project by the beginning of the 2010-11 season. After all, the volunteers had jobs of their own and household or personal projects to complete, also. At first, it looked like it was going to get finished sooner than expected.

But, as the weather got worse and the “honey-do” lists became longer, the job slowed with only as many as four persons working every day. It looked bleak. However, these guys, with the blessings of their wonderful wives, turned it up a notch to get the press box to where it is today.

The job isn’t done, by a long shot. There is a lot still to do: flooring needs to be installed, ceilings need to be hung, and doors to be installed. In addition, some more electrical work needs to be installed and the structure needs to be painted, as well as clean-up tasks that will surely emerge.


I watch Sports Center almost every night and I would like to adopt something from it into our sports pages. Read the next paragraph and I hope you Sports Center nuts can enjoy what I will do from time to time this season.

While attending a Beast of the East game at Magnolia High School this summer, I mentioned to a few fans what repairs, other than paint, have improved Mullett Field. They couldn’t name anything, except a very small picture mounted on the baseball press box of our latest baseball championship team. I had to get my glasses out to see it.

I was happy and sad at the same time. One would think that, after winning a state title, the banner would be a little bigger so it can be noticed. I hope the fans of MHS baseball will do something to improve the ball field. Like Sports Center, I have to say, “COME ON, MAN!”