Anyone who watched a soccer game at the Corvallis Community Events Center fields last year probably remembers having to squint their eyes to see how much time was left on the clock, or make out the score. That shouldn't be a problem this season.
Matthew Davis, an upcoming sophomore at Corvallis High School and a member of the Blue Devils soccer team, recently completed installing a state-of-the-art scoreboard for his Eagle Scout project for Hamilton Boy Scout Troop No. 1976.
"It was definitely something we needed," Davis said. "Visiting teams will be able to see that we have a great field here and we take pride in it."
Because Eagle Scout projects are supposed to show leadership, Davis enlisted several community businesses and other volunteers and coordinated the effort to get the scoreboard up. Doug Martin from Corvallis Sports Rehab donated heavily to the new scoreboard, and Ravalli Electric pitched in the use of their machines and labor for the actual installation. Donaldson Brothers in Hamilton donated the cement for the foundation, and the Corvallis High School Maintenance Department donated their time and effort as well. Joe Zwicker, of Bitterroot Signs, helped with the design and made two of the signs on the scoreboard, and other members of Troop 1976 pitched in to help as well.
At only 15 years old, Davis is way ahead of the usual time-frame for completing such a large undertaking.
"A lot of people don't get their Eagle Scout project done until their senior year," he said. "You have to have your stuff together. It's a lot of work."
Davis' troop leader said he wasn't surprised that Davis completed his project so early.
"He's a real go-getter," said Troop Leader Dave Rygmyr. "As a Cub Scout, he was always the top popcorn seller. I don't know what that kid is going to do for a living, but he's going to crush someone. He's got a lot of ambition."
The Corvallis Community Events Center has undergone several renovations over the last few years from Boy Scout help. Jordan Hooten completed a project to add shelters over the home and visiting teams' benches, and Kyle King oversaw the construction of a storage shed that will be used by multiple athletic teams.
Corvallis High School principal Jason Wirt said the whole community has really come together to make the events center a special place for both locals and visiting teams.
"A lot of people have really worked hard to make the community events center what it is today," he said.
The first varsity home soccer games for the Blue Devils come against Loyola on Sept. 2. The girls play at 4 p.m. and the boys play at 6 p.m.
Reporter David Erickson can be reached at 363-3300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Right: Workers set up the modern scoreboard at Corvallis Community Events Center soccer fields last week.
PHOTO PROVIDED BY BRAD DAVIS