Sign sealed and delivered: New and improved Strobel Field

SANDUSKY When the home team scores a touchdown at Strobel Field, the fans light up. So does a new scoreboard. T
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

SANDUSKY

When the home team scores a touchdown at Strobel Field, the fans light up.

So does a new scoreboard.

The scoreboard saw its first game on Friday night as the Sandusky Blue Streaks took on the Mansfield Tygers.

"It is top of the line technology without a doubt," said Dale Sartor, athletic director for Sandusky Schools.

Sartor said that eventually they will even be able to scan pictures into the scoreboard's computer and display the photos to introduce players.

On Saturday night, the new scoreboard lit up the night for Sandusky Central Catholic as they played Fremont St. Joe.

Local philanthropist, and former Campbell School principal, George Mylander donated $90,000 for the new stadium scoreboard.

"He is very much a Sandusky schools advocate," Sartor said of Mylander. "He is very involved with our schools."

Sartor expressed the school's gratitude to Mylander for his donation.

The 25-second clocks in the end zone were sponsored by the Sandusky Eagles Club.

The scoreboard walls will also feature an electronic timer that was purchased with money from the Sandusky Athletic Boosters Club. Sartor said it will be the same technology used at the state track meets.

The old scoreboard came down the day after the Streaks' scrimmage game last week.

The first games were played at Strobel field in 1937, Sartor said. The stadium was built in 1936 as part of a WTA work project that came out of the Depression.

The stadium's original scoreboard had numbered cards that had to be changed by a person working at the board. Sartor said the old scoreboard was retrofitted in late 1960s or early 70s with an electrical update.

Now the new scoreboard stands at the edge of the field, ready to chronicle every hard-earned win and every heart-breaking loss.

The scores of each game fade with time, but what continues to burn brightly are memories of scoreboard lights against an autumn sky, marking a moment in time when kids were hometown heroes.