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A new scoreboard is the latest addition to Joe Firment Stadium in Avon. The 19-foot high, 32-foot long scoreboard is all digital, and was paid for by a collection of local businesses.

Joe Firment Stadium in Avon received a major upgrade last week when a new, digital scoreboard was installed.

The Daktronics scoreboard is larger than the one it will replace, with the digital display measuring 13-feet high and 24-feet long. There are four-foot sponsor panels on each side, and a 6x8 sound cabinet and six-foot truss added at the top. All together, the structure is 19-feet high and 32-feet long.

The digital interface will allow for livestream playback and customizable graphics. It was funded entirely by 13 local businesses.

“We are very thankful to our community partners for their generous donations,” Avon Local Schools superintendent Mike Laub said in a statement. “We are fortunate to have raised enough money through donations to fully fund the video board. Over the years it will be a great asset to our student groups, as well as a way to generate additional funds for capital improvements.”

Poll watchers

In the latest Associated Press state high school football polls, it was a good week for area teams with eagle mascots. St. Edward (5-1) was ranked fourth in Division I, while Avon (6-0) was ranked third in Div. II. Avon lake (5-1) received 15 points, finishing just out of the top 10 in Div. II.

In last week’s installment of the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association polls, Bay (9-0) maintained its status as the No. 1 team in Div. II. The Rocky River Pirates girls team fell one spot from the week before, ranking fifth in Div. II.

The Greater Cleveland Soccer Coaches poll ranked Avon fifth, Avon seventh, St. Joseph ninth and Magnificat 10th in Div. I in its Week 5 poll, released last Friday.

St. Edward ranked No. 27 in the latest Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches Div. I poll, while Bay held strong at No. 4 in Div. II.

Last week’s Ohio High School Volleyball Coaches Association polls had St. Joseph Academy ranked eighth in Div. I, followed by Avon (11th) and Magnificat (tied for 15th). According to the Web site MaxPreps, Avon is the No. 13 team in the state, with Magnificat 16th and St. Joe’s 24th.

According to last week’s Ohio Tennis Coaches Association poll, Magnificat was ranked No. 2 in Div. I, with St. Joseph coming in at No. 5.

Blue Streaks are, well, streaking

Since starting its season 1-2, the Magnificat field hockey team has been on a tear.

The Blue Streaks have won eight matches in a row dating back to Sept. 14, outscoring their opponents 43-2 and recording six shutouts.

Last week, they shut out Orange on the road, 7-0, then followed up with a 5-0 victory at home over Maumee Valley Country Day last Saturday. In that win, Olivia French scored a hat trick, and Carys Varga and Katie Zapior added a goal apiece.

The Blue Streaks will play on back-to-back days this week, with home games scheduled Thursday against Shaker Heights (4:30 p.m.) and Friday against Columbus’ Thomas Worthingon (5 p.m.)

Contact this reporter at sports@westlifenews.com or 440-871-5797.

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