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Community rallies to replace West Branch scoreboard

In 2020, lightning struck the old scoreboard, creating the need for a modern replacement.
New West Branch scoreboard
The new scoreboard at West Branch’s Clinton Heacock Stadium provides the ability to show videos, feature sponsors and more. The scoreboard was purchased through donations from the program’s supporters. (West Branch Schools)

BELOIT — When the West Branch High School football team plays its first home game Sept. 3, things will be a little bit brighter under the lights of the stadium’s new video scoreboard.

Donations from the community have helped the school replace the scoreboard struck by lightning strike last year.

Gone is the three-decade-old scoreboard with its screw-in light bulbs. 

Rick Mulinix helped connect many donors to the project to install a new video board.

“Getting this board reminds me of the way the community has come together to complete projects in the past, like building the stadium and the Meiter Athletic Building,” Mike Helm, West Branch athletic director, said in a news release. “It makes you proud to be a member of this community when they come together and complete a project like this for our kids.”

The new board offers the program the ability to display graphics, play videos and showcase team sponsors.

With boys soccer, girls soccer, track, baseball and softball competing in or around the football stadium, the board brings the opportunity to extend its benefits to these teams as well.

Former Youngstown State University head coach Jon Heacock and his brother Jim are among the supporters. The stadium is named for their father, Clinton Heacock.

Also chipping in on the project were the West Branch Athletic Booster Club, the Sebring West Branch Community Foundation, Envelope One/Digital Direct and Fritz Heating and Cooling.

Also offering support was retired head coach Jim Laut and members of the Warriors' 1998 team that reached the state's Final Four.

“We are grateful for the continued support of our community, from the named and anonymous donors for this scoreboard, to those who sponsor and support our teams in other avenues," Helm said.

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