Maintenance team takes ball fields to next level

Maintenance team takes ball fields to next level for #LISDChampions
Posted on 04/27/2018

In Lockhart ISD, we are bound by the shared vision that we are all “Building a Legacy of Excellence.” Each district employee has unique opportunities to ensure our students have the very best learning experience to be successful as #LISDChampions.

This year, the LISD maintenance department, under the leadership of Director of Maintenance Lee Raspberry, has worked to identify ways in which the district can provide the very best learning facilities for our students. When you think of facilities, you may think first of a classroom or gymnasium, but learning facilities also include athletic fields, such as the softball and baseball fields.

Anyone who has attended a Lion or Lady Lions game this season at those fields may have noticed some changes. You may have seen the new planters, designed and decorated by our maintenance staff, to beautify the grounds.

You may have noticed the maroon and white pansies planted beneath the tree as you enter the parking lot for the baseball field.

You may have observed the clear patterns in the meticulously manicured turf at both of the fields with clear, magnificent alternating patterns complemented by an infield that has been dragged and prepared with pride.

With a passion for excellent service, Raspberry assigned two dedicated groundskeepers, Victor Hernandez and Hector Juarez, to tend to the fields. Before, the fields were scheduled on a rotation with other campuses. Now, the fields are maintained every single day, five days a week throughout the spring season. In addition to mowing the grass in the patterns found on professional fields, they also ensure all of the grass clippings are collected to keep a clean turf.

The result of their hard work and dedication is our softball and baseball players practice and compete on fields of which they can be exceptionally proud--Lion proud.

“Over the last four years, the view from the stands has never been better,” said Michelle Wylie, parent of Katelyn Tull, senior and four-year letterman on the Lady Lions softball team. “Our Lion pride shows not only in the girls wearing their maroon and white, but also in the facilities from the moment you walk through the entry gates. The time and effort put in by the maintenance crew does not go unnoticed. We may not have the newest facility, but we definitely have pride in a field so well-maintained!”

"The baseball field has looked great all season. You can tell that the field maintenance staff have put in a lot of time on the field,” added Gabriel Franco, a senior on the LHS varsity baseball team. “I really liked the grass patterns because it gave the field more of a professional look. We took more pride in the field."

Lions fans have enjoyed cheering the LHS baseball team through an amazing season with tremendous growth this year under Coach Trey Honeycutt. Likewise, the Lady Lions and Coach Katy Snell have fared exceptionally well, most recently winning the 2018 Bi-District Championship with their eyes on the Area Softball Championship next weekend.

Alex Hedspeth, the Lady Lion who hit a grand slam at last night’s tournament, reflected, "I've enjoyed the upgrades during my senior year. It's always enjoyable to play at home, and it makes it special knowing a lot of effort and hard work took place into getting the facility ready for us."

The students have certainly worked hard for what they have earned this season, and the parents, fans, and the community are beaming with pride.

Also proud are the LISD maintenance staff who have committed themselves daily to providing the very best learning facilities for every student. They may not be drafting lesson plans or coaching how to pitch, but the maintenance team, as with every department in the district, makes a direct contribution to the quality of education for our Lockhart Lions. If you see any of our maintenance staff, be sure to thank them for it! We are lucky to have them as #Runners for our #LISDChampions!

Left to right:  Danny Salinas, Hector Juarez, Trini Acosta, and Chris Guardiola

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