With the help of generous donors and loyal sponsors, Friday nights at Jefferson Township High School are about to look a little brighter.
The school’s football field, which also hosts soccer and field hockey events, unveiled a new scoreboard earlier this week. JTHS’ new display is adorned with a lively arch and new sponsors that helped make its construction possible. Names of several prominent sponsors flank a videoboard that showcases more advertisements, as well as public service announcements and Jefferson-related imagery throughout the event on the field.
Prior to the finishing touches, the screen was able to play a memorable role during the football team’s Senior Night festivities on October 2. As each senior player, cheerleader, and band member was introduced during a ceremony at halftime, the score prominently displayed their name and image as they were introduced to the socially distanced crowd. Jefferson won that game, their 2020 opener, in a 21-0 final over West Milford.
The completed project was on prominent display at several events at JTHS this week, including the boys’ soccer team’s 1-0 win over Newton on Tuesday.
“We have a beautiful campus and we really want to have a lot of school pride in it,” JTHS athletic director William Koch said. “I think, if you look at our scoreboard from last year, we did have some technical difficulties, especially during some intense games. There were some issues, the scoreboard was so antiquated that we couldn’t even get parts to fix it. It was an obsolete piece of equipment.”
“I think the one we have now complements our beautiful facility and our beautiful environment, which we do hard work to preserve.”
Koch was proud that the school was able to complete this three-year project in the midst of trying times. He confirmed that no public funds were used in the scoreboard’s construction, the proceedings instead relying on contributions from donors and sponsors. In-house assistance also came from the school’s caretakers and groundskeeping staff.
“I’m very proud of it. I’m proud of the team that was behind it,” he said. “I couldn’t be more gracious and appreciative of our donors. I think it’s an element of school pride.”
The JTHS athletic department shared their complete list of sponsors with TJC. These local businesses will appear on both the scoreboard and signage throughout the field.
|Carbon Express||Jimmy Geez North|
|D&R Paving||John Matthes Septic Service|
|Fables Restaurant||Lakeland Bank|
|FD Edison||Leons Cleaning Service|
|Gallagher Risk Management||Live the Lake|
|Gillespie Group||Royal Buick GMC|
|Jefferson Family Smiles||Skylands Medical|
|Jefferson Recycling||Tailored Landscaping & Construction|
The scoreboard wasn’t the only project Koch was pleased to showcase. He also told The Chronicle of a new one-loop, five-kilometer cross-country course that just completed renovations. It encompasses the entire JTHS campus, as well as Morris County Parks and the Snow Bowl Ski Area. Koch says the course “encompasses a beautiful aspect of what we’re a part of.” It is set to host a varsity meet for both the boys and girls’ programs on November 3 at 3:45 p.m. against North Warren Regional.
Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags