Last Thursday, July 2 the North Tama Booster Club held an appreciation and dedication ceremony at the baseball field to show gratitude to all those that have donated time or funds to the renovations that are taking place at the athletic complex.
Some of the renovations that have taken place recently are the bleachers for both the softball diamond and the baseball diamond were refurbished, new dugouts for both fields, new softball bullpens, a new scoreboard on the baseball field and they are in the process of replacing the failing water system and putting in a new irrigation system.
Many groups have donated funds or labor and know how to these projects to upgrade the ball diamonds. Members of the booster club, Dave and Patty Calderwood, Alliant Energy Foundation, Tama County Foundation, Josh Youel's Technology class, David Isenhower, Black Hawk County Gaming Commission, the Vesely family, Dahms and Hoeg Insurance, Kevin and Tammy Herink, Pat and Nancy Pinkston, Jeff Dostal, Brian Sienknecht, the American Legion, Chris and Carol Detje, the Warren Caslavka family, the Traer Lions, Mannatts, the Traer Community Foundation, Twins Community Fund, Lennox Industries, and Traer Municipal Utilities.
Members of the American Legion, Kubik Finch post, were honored at a dedication ceremony that took place last Thursday, July 2, just prior to the vasity baseball game. Pictured here are current members of the Legion and former North Tama coach, Jarold Lister.
Photo by Tracey Peters
At the ceremony, three groups were honored for their contribution to the new scoreboard on the baseball field. The American Legion Kubik-Finch Post, Chris and Carol Detje and the Warren Caslavka family.
Chris and Carol Detje heard the news that the scoreboard was going to be replaced and asked how they could contribute. They were the last piece of the puzzle and provided the needed funding.
Several members of the American Legion were present at the ceremony. The Legion was one of the first groups approached for help with this project. The Legion has a long history with the spring sports program at North Tama. The former Legion Field just North of the baseball diamond was given to the school for its use. Constant upkeep was done by several members, including mowing the ditches, treating the road and doing dirt work. When the current facility was built in 1982, they provided funding to purchase the lights. A year later, they funded lights for the softball field. The Legion has also funded our little league programs and well as our town teams.
Warren and Delores Caslavka have been involved with the North Tama baseball for over forty years, starting in 1955 with the town teams until Lon's son, Jason graduated. Warren's contributions ranged from field matintenance, to town team player and little league coach. His company, Cas Feed, did the original land preparation for the Legion grounds and the ball field in particular. He and other Legion members spent several hours each season helping Coach Lister with the facility. He seeded the field when it went from a dirt to grass infield and volunteered his own company and employees for constant maintenance with coach Lister. Warren and Delores' sons and grandsons were involved in baseball as both players and coaches. Lon and Lee were both part of North Tama's first state tournament team in 1971. Back then there were no classes. Every school was thrown together. Bret was successful in baseball as well, still holding the record of twenty strike-outs in a seven inning game.
Chris and Carol Detje, members of the Caslavka family and members of the Amercian Legion were all presented a signed baseball by the team and thanked by each team member for the help with this project at the ceremony.