Donnie Davis

Longtime coach to be honored with field name    

ROMNEY — An institution in the dugout and behind home plate will be memorialized in a fitting manner.

Donnie Davis, the longtime Hampshire High baseball coach and even longer-time umpire, will have the baseball field at HHS named for him.

The Board of Education unanimously approved the gesture at its meeting Monday night without much discussion. The honor had been proposed by Kenny Sitar of the Hampshire County Athletics Hall of Fame at the board meeting a week earlier.

The board did not dictate the details of the naming, leaving it at Principal DiAnna Liller’s suggestion, up to students to determine how best to bestow the honor.

One name suggested: Donnie Davis Diamond.

Two other sports facilities at HHS are named for individuals.

Rannells Field is named for J. Holland and Anita Rannells, the cable company owners who gave the major donation to build the field in the mid 1960s.

Cross country teams run the Paul Clovis trail, 5 kilometers running through school property that has been called the most rugged course in the state. Clovis was the longtime athletic director, cross country coach and football coach at HHS. o

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