Berks

Schuylkill Valley HS breaks ground on athletic complex

ONTELAUNEE TWP., Pa. - It's the off-season for many teams at Schuylkill Valley High School, but many of them just scored in a big way.

A nearly $4 million upgrade is coming to the high school athletic complex. Grass will be replaced with turf, decades-old lights will turn into LEDs, and students will be happy to say goodbye to the cinder-surface track.

"We don't like it because we had to change our spikes, make them extra long," said junior track athlete Kasey Bubel.

"I'm a hurdler, so it's hard to run on cinders, and we have to change our spikes all the time," said senior track athlete Kasey Butsack.

It's one of the last cinder-surface tracks in Berks County. The students said they are looking forward to playing on an all-weather surface, and the school's looking forward to hosting some track meets in the future.

"The project is long overdue. It's been in talks for decades," said Kellie Butsack, a leader for the project. "The thanks really goes to the Schuylkill Valley School Board of Directors, who stepped up last fall and said we're going to get this project started."

Track, soccer, field hockey and football players are enjoying the off-season victory.

"It gives us more of an advantage with everyone else having turf," said junior soccer player Halee Peters.

"I'm going to miss the grass, but it's going to be exciting for our first game here. Get a bunch of fans out," said junior football player Tyler Worrell.

The project is expected to finish in September, just in time for fall sports.

"[There's] a lot of panther pride," said Kellie Butsack, "and there will be a lot more next fall."


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