The Northern Cambria High School football team won't be playing in new digs this fall, but the Colts' familiar surroundings will have a distinctly different look.
Northern Cambria's Hugh "Duffy" Daugherty Memorial Stadium has been the Colts' home since the 1950s, and the 60-year-old structure has undergone a new makeover this summer, courtesy of the Northern Cambria Alumni Football Association, school administration, community volunteers, and current members of the school's football team.
"That field has always been our field dating back to the early 1950s, and a group of young alumni has been working very hard to remodel it this year, with absolutely no cost to the district,'' Northern Cambria Superintendent of Schools Dr. John A. Jubas said. "I've been really impressed and honored by what they've been doing. We in the district are very fortunate.''
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Included among the stadium renovations is a brand new public address system donated by the Tri-County Transportation Company, as well as a lot of painting, lighting upgrades, the improvement of the gravel walking areas around the field, drainage improvements, and sponsorship advertising signs posted on the fences surrounding the field to spruce up the stadium's appearance.
"The Northern Cambria Alumni Football Association has done extensive painting and detailing to the stadium,'' Jubas said. "It all gives the field the appeal of a modern stadium, with a great historical sense to it.''
Northern Cambria Alumni Football Association president Matt Hoover, a 2001 NC graduate, worked with vice president Jeff Messina, secretary Ed Sedlock, and director of membership Ken Duman after the group's alumni football game was played at the field late last November.
"Last year, 35 alumni got together for a full-contact football game at the field, and we noticed that renovations were needed,'' Hoover said. "We came up with a general plan, and we started working with John Jubas and the school board. They've been very cooperative in the effort, as have all the community volunteers and sponsors, and the Northern Cambria football program. We're extremely grateful for all the support.''
Additional help and support is welcomed, and questions can be directed to Hoover by telephone at (412)-877-1906 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.