Shiny new scoreboards, purchased by Copper River Management Services of the Native Village of Eyak, arrived just in time for the 2A Interior Conference Playoffs held in Cordova on March 7-9.
A four-man crew of Cordova School Maintenance Director Josh Pearson, Tom Nothstine and Brett Carrillo, provided by Wilson Construction, and volunteer Brett Bradford hoisted the royal-blue Nevco scoreboards into place just two days before the playoff began.
And they worked carefully. The pair of scoreboards, mounted on the walls above center court on each side of the gym, cost a total of $28,000, including shipping.
“We thought it would be a good deal for not only the schools, but the whole community,” said Jack Hopkins of NVE, who at one time played for the Wolverines in the cracker-box gym now named Bidarka Rec Center.
“We’re happy to help,” echoed NVE’s Bob “Moose” Henrich. “This is something for everybody.”
One special feature of the new scoreboards is electronic name plates for the teams competing, which can be changed and entered from the scoring controls prior to every game.
The older scoreboards did not have this feature and required hanging hand-printed team names on the wire mesh screens that were mounted to protect the board. The older scoreboards also had a number of lights no longer functioning, and issues with displaying proper numbers as well as changing or correcting timing errors.
The new scoreboards will also be well suited for volleyball and wrestling matches.
Coupled with the new floor that was installed this fall, CHS Court is in excellent shape, and will be the center of exciting sports action for years to come.