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It takes teamwork to put together a fish fry large enough to feed 250 people, just like it takes teamwork to make the purchase of two Dr. Dish shooting machines possible for the Clearwater-Orchard youth basketball program.
That teamwork was evident Friday night as both communities worked together to raise funds to pay for the new shooting machines. One was on display in Orchard during the fish fry, and several student-athletes were given the opportunity to test the new machine.
About 250 people attended the fish fry.
"The machine at Orchard is our first machine. We are set up to pay half down and then have a year of zero percent interest and pay the other half off in a year," Clearwater-Orchard Athletic Director Shelly Mlnarik. "We are hoping that with the money we made at the fish fry, along with other donations, we will be able to order the one for the Clearwater site next week."
The district plans to have one machine at each site, allowing all students the opportunity to use the new machines.
"These machines will allow kids to workout in their own and be able to track their progress on the Dr. Dish app," Mlnarik said. "Coaches will also be able to keep track of the amount of shots an athlete is taking. Kids can get in around 400 shots in 20 minutes"
Another fundraiser for the machines is already in the works. The Orchard Young Men's Club will sponsor a gun and grill raffle.
Mlnarik said if anyone wants to donate to the purchse, checks can be made payable to OC BBB and can be sent to Clearwater-Orchard Public Schoo, Attn: Shelly Mlnarik, POB 38, Clearwater NE 68726.