Youth sports groups receive assist |

Youth sports groups receive assist

Carson Valley Little League Orioles and Cardinals players and coaches take a moment to pose for a pre-game photo in front of the original scoreboard at Lampe Park.
Jim Grant | The Record-Courier

It wasn’t the first time Alex Seghieri, Devin Murphy, Kyle Wentz and Kaycee (Wilcks) Summers have been photographed on a ball field at Lampe Park.

Times have changed, though, and on this occasion they posed together with players from the Carson Valley Little League Orioles and Cardinals squads to promote an effort to bring a new scoreboard to Field 2. The four local products are now working together with a new RCM Realty Group office in Gardnerville that is preparing to celebrate its opening. RCM, located across from the Carson Valley Middle School, has pledged to donate a percentage of its listing agreements to assist Carson Valley Little League and the MEFIYI Foundation.

Team RCM — Seghieri, Murphy, Wentz, Summers, along with Austin Miller — just want to do their part to give back to the community they grew up in.

“We all grew up here and were involved in youth sports, so we came up with the idea that a percentage of all our commission will go back into these two groups until the end of the year,” Seghieri said. “We’re going to put it in a big trust fund and at the end of the year we’re going to disperse whatever funds we can raise with a giant Happy Gilmore check to MEFIYI and for Carson Valley Little League.”

The timing is perfect for the Little League program, which is looking to upgrade its scoreboard and sound system on the majors field. League President Debbie Jacobsen explained that the existing scoreboard is an original at Lampe Park, which opened on June 3, 1974. Her husband, Bruce Jacobsen, was Douglas County Recreation Department director in the 1970s.

“We really don’t know how long that scoreboard has been there … it’s been at least 1978, maybe ’76 or ‘77,” Jacobsen said. “My husband and Jim Anderson laid all the sod for this place, and that scoreboard has not been changed.”

Jacobsen acknowledged how important donations are to an organization that operates on a limited budget, as does the Douglas County Parks and Recreation Department.

“All of these guys played from T-ball all the way up,” she said. “To have them start from age 5 or 6 and some of them played until they were 15 or 16 years old, it’s really something that they want to come back and give back to Carson Valley Little League. I’m sure Little League was a huge part of their lives during that time frame. So it’s huge to have them give back to us to support the future that comes through here, also.”

Seghieri graduated from Douglas High School in 2002 then moved on to Feather River College and the University of Nevada. He returned as an assistant baseball coach at Douglas and now assists varsity volleyball coach Suzi Townsell.

“Suzi and JoJo (Townsell) … they’re just incredible people that you’d ever want to meet,” Seghieri said of MEFIYI. “All the time she puts in at the high school and then to deal with all the youth stuff she does, and JoJo, too. It’s just unbelievable.”