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$34,000 raised for new sound system for Ripon stadium
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From left, Annette Schroen, Ripon High teacher Shari Hernandez and Stephanie Hobbs display the donation from KAT Country Radio to go towards the new sound system at Stouffer Field. - photo by Photo Contributed

Stouffer Field will soon have a new sound system.

The San Jose-based Integrated Communication Systems was just hired to retrofit and replace most components of the existing Ripon High Stadium sound system, according to Stephanie Hobbs of the Ripon Community Athletic Foundation.

“After much research and deliberation over four proposals, the RCAF board, in partnership with Ripon Unified School District, decided to hire ICS so athletes and fans can enjoy their improved experience in their revitalized stadiumd,” she said.

ICS has experience working on Levi Stadium in Santa Clara (home of the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers) and UC Merced projects, among many others.

Hobbs added: “Comparisons between proposals showed ICS equipment quality was of higher caliber and having a local connection with the project manager with a company that has such a stable background was appealing as well.”

This comes on the heels of RCAF celebrating the generosity of the Ripon Quarterback Club along with the community and KAT Country Radio.

All told, $34,000 was raised during a recent four-hour live broadcast from Schemper’s Ace parking lot. 

The Ripon Quarterback Club’s $12,500 match quickly helped propel that mark to $25,000.

The Ripon High Booster Club, according to Hobbs, was the first to jump on board with a $3,000 donation,.

That was  quickly followed by Kelly Cole-Wilson at DiBuduo & DeFendis Insurance ($2,000) and Tuff Boy ($1,500) — over 35 donors invested in this project.

“Barring weather delays, the goal is to have this system installed and operational by graduation,” Hobbs said.