Mount View to debut new school-based football field Sept. 8'Got milk?' scoreboard made possible by Maine dairy farmers
Thorndike — The Mount View High School football team had its first winning season in school history last fall, qualifying for the Little Ten Conference Class C playoffs and hosting a playoff game.
Now, should the Mustangs make a return appearance to the postseason in 2012, hosting a playoff game will take on an entirely new meaning.
After five years of playing home games at various fields away from their school, the Mustangs will officially debut their new high school football field in early September.
The team will open the 2012 season playing on the road at Stearns of Millinocket on Friday, Aug. 31, but will return to Thorndike to officially christen its new field on Saturday, Sept. 8 against John Bapst of Bangor.
"It's been a long time coming," said Mount View athletic director Chuck Karter. "It's been quite a spring and summer to get this ready. A lot of work and a lot of great support. I'm happy for the people in our district to have this as a home field."
Karter mentioned specifically groundskeepers Peter Quimby and Josh Marcoullier who "did a great job [and] spent tireless hours preparing this field and getting most of the work done on the field itself."
The completion of the football field and neighboring auxiliary practice field were the finishing touches on a renovation project that began more than two years ago. The new track-and-field facility, which surrounds the football field, was completed this past spring, with the Mustangs hosting a meet May 12.
This is the sixth year of high school football at Mount View High School. The Mustangs played their home games at Belfast Area High School their first three years of existence while spending the last two seasons at Larrabee Field in Knox.
The Mustang players and coaches have been more than pleased to have fields they can now call home.
"There's no question the players are happy about it," Karter said. "They're able to walk out the door onto their practice field. The kids were impressed and the coaches were more than excited. It makes them feel better about themselves that they've got a place to call home."
A press box/storage building also has been erected next to the football field.
The Mustangs held a controlled scrimmage against Madison-Carrabec Aug. 20 and had about 200 people in attendance for the preseason game, said Karter.
"It was pretty surprising," he said. "I think people were really anxious to see what it was like seeing the kids playing football on it. And I think from the smiles [I saw] and what I heard, everyone was pretty pleased."
Karter said he hopes to have a softball field built at the high school down the line, with the likely spot to be beyond the soccer and baseball fields. The softball team plays games at Larrabee Field.
"I would like to have all of our teams be able to play here at the [high school] complex," he said. "And we're inching our way toward that."
FUTURE MSAD 3 has announced that the scoreboard for the Mount View multi-purpose field has been installed — and just in time for the fall sports season.
"The ‘Got milk?’ scoreboard is an important piece of FUTURE’s current athletic, fitness and recreation campaign, and certainly the most visible as it stands sentry over the track and multi-purpose field at the new Mount View facility," said Doug Van Horn, Future MSAD 3 board member.
Led by Clayton Larrabee of Knox, dairy farmers from Waldo County and beyond contributed more than $10,000 to the FUTURE MSAD3 Athletic Campaign to take the naming opportunity of the new scoreboard – “got milk?.” Permission was obtained from MilkPEP (Milk Processing Education Program) to display the ‘Got milk?’ licensed logo on the scoreboard.
Larrabee followed through on his quest to raise funds for the scoreboard by asking farmers to contribute $2 for every cow they milked the morning of their contribution. The scoreboard will be a visible reminder of the depth of community support for local student-athletes and Mount View athletes, Van Horn said.
“We are delighted that the scoreboard has come to fruition and are so grateful to the dairy farmers and other supporters in the area," Van Horn said. "We also want to thank Regional School Unit 3 for all of their help with the scoreboard installation.”
Van Horn added, “It looks great — please drive by and check it out. Or better yet, come to a game. FUTURE MSAD3 has been supported by numerous alumni, local businesses, and community members in our fundraising campaign. No contributions are too small — just like being on a team, it all adds up when we work together.”
FUTURE MSAD3 is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, established in 2004, led by a volunteer, 19-member board of directors who represent the 11 towns of RSU 3. Their mission is to support enhancements for the Mount View complex, as well as other schools in the district — enhancements for RSU 3 schools that cannot be funded by the state or local budgets.
For more information on the campaign, Mount View athletic facility naming opportunities, or to contribute, call 948-6120. Contributions may be sent to FUTURE MSAD3, P.O. Box 151, Unity, Maine 04988.
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