Friday, April 1, 2016

Sallisaw Sports Complex to Hold First Tournament Saturday

City Manager Clayton Lucas (front) volunteering his time alongside
Sallisaw Youth League board member Frank Sullivan III to ensure that the 
new Sports Complex is ready for its first tournament this weekend.

The City of Sallisaw turned over the keys to the Sallisaw Sports Complex on Thursday evening, just in time for a 15-team softball tournament on Saturday.

Treye Girdner, president of the Sallisaw Youth League, said regular league play begins at the complex on Monday.

Girdner said, “We are ready to go. We want to thank City Manager Clayton Lucas and his employees for all their help out here. Mr. Lucas was here working with us until 11 p.m. Thursday. The city has worked hard to get this facility ready to turn over to us.”

City employees and youth league members volunteered their help late into the night on Thursday to get the sports complex ready for the first tournament on Saturday. They were back on the job Friday and Girdner said they will stay until the complex is ready to go.

“We’ve been setting bases, grooming the field, getting the concession stands ready, etc. We have had around 25 youth league volunteers out here working hard,” Girdner said.

Girdner said this weekend was a “soft opening.” A grand opening is planned in a month or so.

Girdner also thanked for their help Frank Sullivan III, Todd Martin, Randon Lowe, Matt Bennett, Justin McGrew, Eric Carter, Bryan Warner, Matt Merrill, Dr. Bob Wells, Jay Peerson, Denise Kostka, Victor Kostka, Jennifer Jones, Sue Brooks and Sheriff Ron Lockhart who brought jail inmates to cut down weeds and mow. Girdner stated that members of the Sallisaw Youth League would like to thank the voters that helped make the complex possible. "This is a wonderful example of the community, youth league members, the city, voters, and parents, all joining together to create something wonderful for the kids," stated Girdner.

“We also want to thank Lee Risley with his city crew, Blakely Smith and Steven Armstrong, Ron Lockhart for his support, and Clayton Lucas for the many hours he has spent on this facility,” Girdner said.

The $4 million Sallisaw Sports Complex was partially funded by a one-cent sales tax approved by Sallisaw voters. The first kids will take to the fields tomorrow and begin a new era in local youth league sports.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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