A pizza dinner fundraiser held on Friday brought in over $2,000 to help fund the track and baseball teams that have been absent from the school for the last 15 years. Neither teams currently have any equipment.

The McCloud community came together to support their high school sports program in making a comeback after more than a decade without.

A pizza dinner fundraiser held on Friday brought in over $2,000 to help fund the track and baseball teams that have been absent from the school for the last 15 years. Neither teams currently have any equipment.

McCloud’s White Mountain Cafe, Siskiyou Brew Works, McCloud Market, the American Legion Post 92, along with General Produce from Mt. Shasta and Mary’s Pizza Shack that came up from Redding, all joined forces to feed about 150 people with every kind of pizza imaginable including gluten free, cauliflower crust, meat, vegetarian, Hawaiian, and combo pizzas.

A dessert auction with beautifully designed, delicious masterpieces made by McCloud residents Sheri Burris, Sharon Delgado, Kenna Edwards, Sarah Reeser, Martin Glenn Cheryl Gibbs, Kayla Burris, Janis Ligon, Nancy Smith, Janie Young, Wendy Cheula, and Linda Maloney brought in $480. There was also a 50/50 raffle that brought in $125.

Not only did many make donations, but Stephanie Burris, mother of two McCloud High School students, put forth a challenge during the dinner holding up a $100 bill, asking residents to match her money to buy adjustable hurdles for the track team, which currently has no equipment.

Immediately, Kevin and Darlene Mathis, Rick and Sue Hall, Louis and Rosa Mero, Joy Hicks, Ben and Janis Ligon, Nancy Smith, Skip Skippen and Phil Walsh Construction stepped up with donations of their own. Another $200 was donated by the McCloud Community Recreation Council to meet the goal of at least eight hurdles for the team. These hurdles will be shared with the McCloud Elementary School.

“While we did not have quite enough players for a baseball team this year, we will definitely have a team next year and this money will buy much needed equipment,” said McCloud High School’s Athletic Director and Baseball Coach Todd Carson.

Though short players for an official baseball team, players are still practicing in hopes to join forces with another team in Southern California to compete in a baseball tournament in June, Carson said.