FIFTY TERRIFIC YEARS: When he started working the official scoreboard for Mechanicsburg High School, time was kept on the field, there were no hash marks, and John Martin’s pressbox view was often blocked by light fixtures. Times have changed since the early 1960s, though Martin remained at Mechanicsburg. Friday night, in the Wildcats’ 20-17 victory over Lower Dauphin, Martin worked his final varsity football game for Mechanicsburg. The 85-year-old Martin, who was honored at halftime in the company of his wife of 62 years and their three daughters, is retiring after working the scoreboard for 50 years. A longtime math teacher in the school district, Martin was also formerly a junior high football and basketball coach. He will continue to work the scoreboard this season as long as Bishop McDevitt plays home games in the District 3-AAA playoffs. The Crusaders will play their home games at John H. Frederick Field at Memorial Park Stadium. When Martin received a plaque at halftime, the entire Wildcats team circled and applauded him in a moment that clearly touched the 85-year-old. Said senior linebacker/tight end Bryton Barr: “We know he’s very dedicated to the team and loves us with all his heart, and we all wanted to thank him.”
Article by Geoff Morrow, The Patriot-News
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