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Amherst pushes for $4.1M athletic complex renovation

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Amherst High School's outdoor facilities are in need of a complete overhaul. The crown of the football field has completely disappeared, the track is disintegrating and fans have trouble watching the games due to a lack of seating, but that is all likely to change with a $4.1 million renovation plan.

"To be honest, we probably have one of the worst facilities in the conference," Amherst head football coach Mark Lusic said.

Phase I of the Falcon Pride Athletic Complex Project is the priciest. It will take roughly $3.3 million to install an eight lane rubber track, turf football field, bleachers to seat 1,000, lights, a press box and parking.

"People are really excited--I think they know the impact this would have on our entire community,” Amherst Athletic Director Joe Sbertoli said. “We had to buy a new scoreboard last year because our football one started smoking. Our boys soccer program has to practice and play in Stevens Point because the grass surface has a hard time standing up to the use."

Amherst's main goal is to compete, whether the conditions of its complex remains the same or improves, but after ten years, administration is hoping to reward student-athletes, coaches and fans with new, and most importantly, safe facilities.

"This community, I don't want to say they deserve something like this, but they've earned it,” Lusic said. “From the players to the community...I always tell people, the reason why we're a great team is because I have great players who are willing to do the work and the community and families who support us--that's the difference."

$800,000 has to be raised by October in order for Phase I to launch. From there, Phases II, III and IV will follow with updates baseball and softball fields and renovated restrooms. To donate or learn more about the project head to www.falcon-pride.com.

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