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Updated: 12/05/2012 12:32:01PM

Booster Club:

Providing hospitality, serving up smiles

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PHOTO PROVIDED BY KAYO KEEN

Members of the Tater Hill Bluegrass Band play at a memorial party in honor of Roger Bass at the DeSoto County Fairgrounds Saturday. The musicians are Jack Bowman, left, on bass fiddle, Frank Cunningham on guitar and Mike Williams on fiddle. Evan Carl was the announcer.

PHOTO BY ROBERT BLANCHARD


These Highlander Boosters provide much help to the Lake Wales High School football team throughout the season. Not in order, are: Anthony Cothron (president), Kirk Perkins (vice president), Rance Crabtree, Joe Settles and Nathan Mint.

By TODD NESSA

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The Lake Wales Booster Club has a core group of hearty volunteers. Participating week in and week out are members Anthony Cothron (president), Kirk Perkins (vice president), Rance Crabtree, Joe Settles and Nathan Mint. Fans could see them in the stands for every Highlander football game. This group of men furnish their own transportation, utility trailer and gas to follow the team to each football game.

On long road-trips, a common meet-up point is planned en route in which they meet up with the team buses, open up the back of their trailer, open coolers full of water and Gatorade, set up tables for the serving line, and hand out plates to the team. And they do a whole lot more.

The booster club does things like purchasing supplies and making sure that before each game the team has had a well-balanced meal.

While this fact goes largely unnoticed, feeding the team alone involves hundreds of dollars that the booster club pays out each week to their chosen contractor, who then prepares and delivers the meals.

After the game, the men themselves stand ready near the team buses with sodas and hotdogs for the players and coaches.

Booster Club President Anthony Cothron said, “We need more volunteers from the community. We need parents of players to get involved.”

Those interested can become a booster for as little as $20 per year or a super-booster (comes loaded with game tickets and special parking) for $180 per year.” The boosters meet on the first Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at Lake Wales High School.




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