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Boardman boosters plan new sports complex

Published: Fri, June 1, 2012 @ 12:09 a.m.

Staff report


The Boardman Booster Club will announce plans today for a campaign to construct a new regional sports complex in the township. The club’s Legend & Legacies Committee is leading the campaign, which seeks to raise private donations for the complex.

Carlee Tressel and Dave Dravecky are serving as honorary chairwoman and chairman of the committee.

Boardman alumnus Dravecky is a motivational speaker, author, and former Major League Baseball player for the San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants, while Tressel’s father, Jim, previously coached football at Youngstown State and Ohio State universities.

The announcement will be made at 2:30 p.m. today at the Boardman High School gym.

Those expected to be present at the announcement include Tressel; Bill Bonte, Boardman Boosters president; coaches; athletes; band members; students and community officials.

The sports complex would seat 5,900 people and be available for football, soccer, track, baseball, softball, band, gym and special school and community events as well as regional tournaments, according to a news release.

With the regional aspect of the sports complex in mind, the committee is reaching out to other schools that wish to participate in the funding process and could then share official home-field status at the complex.

“Through the magic of digital signage, the facility can be the real home field for any school,” Bonte said in a news release.


1ewymer(4 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Wow! Nice work! What if you spent that kind of energy raising money for academics? Kids will always play (and I mean PLAY) but books are such a drag . . .

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2taxme(356 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

ewymer you must have Boardman confused with another school system? I have read nothing about Boardman schools having academic or financial problems anywhere. They are financially and academic sound! They constantly receive the highest academic award from the state year after year and don't ask for any new tax dollars from the community like the other township schools. I applaud the Boosters for doing this project with private donations! Maybe other school systems should look at what The Boardman Schools do right and follow their lead instead of being jealous! My hats off to the Boosters and the school system!

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3youngspartanrepublican(92 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Seems like Boardman wouldn't mind entering into a Mentor-Mentor Lake Catholic relationship. It would be nice for Boardman and Mooney, as well, considering Mooney's base is mostly suburban. Also, kudos to Boardman's financial decisions the last few years, first the teachers and staff renegotiating their contracts to keep them solvent without a levy and now these plans for a privately funded stadium. They knew the economic climate we're in and rather than beg like some other nearby suburban districts they have sucked it up.

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4keepingitreal(25 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

About time. Board man's facilities are some of the poorest around. Maybe now they can begin to compete again. Their best shot at getting this done is joining with Mooney and having Mooney be the lead. Hopefully this will stop Boardmans decline and lead to a resurgence that is long overdue.

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5BoardmanSpartan1(12 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago


Apparently being in the Division 1 playoffs 3 out of the last 5 seasons and winning the Federal League last year, constitutes Boardman not be able to compete and being in a decline as a football program.

I do agree the current football stadium is about as poor as there is in the valley. The new one, based on the artist's renderings, would probably be the nicest in Mahoning County.

I'm glad we at Boardman are going about it the right way and doing it privately, unlike Poland.

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6INTHEKNOW11(4 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

It's about time!!!!

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7jeepers(127 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

I graduated from BHS in 1970 and the football stadium was "outdated", but safe, even back then. Glad to say that we, the tax payers of Boardman-sure got our value from this stucture. Since a new facility willl be funded with private donations, I see no reason this project should not go forward. But if a tax levy is involved-no thanks.

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8gopherjr(10 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

It is about time Boardman, way to go. Now where will it be located?

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9BoardmanSpartan1(12 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

At Boardman High School at the site of the current track/soccer field. Check out Boardmanboosters.org for photos.

Too bad they didn't try to just privately fund this from the get go instead of putting it on as part of the bond issue back in 2004 or 2005 to renovate all of the schools. That issue barely failed (mainly due to the stadium) and the schools still need some pretty major renovations. Taxpayers will never pass anything today and the state won't help Boardman because of it being considered a wealthier district.

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10wolfeevans(2 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

This is a great project that will help the entire community. Now we need alumni and friends to make a check to the Boardman Boosters and send to the Boardman Boosters, P.O. Box 3174 Boardman, Oh 44513. Let's work to make this happen. Your contribution will be income tax deductible.

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11taxme(356 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Lol wtf what the heck does Mooney and lake Catholic got to do with this? Boardman doesn't need them. They need Boardman. Stay on subject, the stadium project will be second to none. Keep up the great work Boosters and The Boardman Schools system!

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12youngspartanrepublican(92 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

It is first and foremost a Boardman project, but in Mentor, Mentor and Lake Catholic high school share the stadium (it's on Mentor's high school campus). Mooney could probably save a considerable amount of money on rent if they were to be interested in playing at Boardman. Considering many of the students are from the suburbs, it would make sense. It could also help with money being raised. The stadium in mentor is named after the philanthropist Jerome Osborne, who had family graduate from both schools. The football stadium has been Boardman's only subpar facility, as the basketball gymnasium, cross country course, track, baseball, and tennis courts are all state of the art and host postseason tournaments.

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13ewymer(4 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

taxme - sorry I am not jealous and I don't want to start a flame war, but I found these stats at schooldigger.com. Statewide scholastic rankings:

Poland 42
Canfield 49
South Range 58
Boardman 241
Struthers 467

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14taxme(356 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Always rated excellent by the state of Ohio with some of the individual schools receiving even special awards. You know what they say about stats ew?

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15BoardmanSpartan1(12 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago


First off, I wouldn't put too much stock into some site we know nothing about to rank schools. They don't look like they take any kind of demographic differences into account just based strictly on the fact all the top schools are just really well off districts. Secondly, not sure where you pulled those rankings, but Boardman School District is ranked #64 on there. I still think Boardman, considering demographics and their impact on things like test scores, is as good as any in the valley. And it offers as much or more extracurricular wise. South Range and Western Reserve rate ahead of Boardman (and Poland), but you can't tell me they offer all the programs and extracurriculars that Boardman does. I'd rather my kid has the option to participate in those things than be limited on their choices because of a small enrollment.

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