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20170920 PepsisportsPark006With both district junior high schools starting a baseball and softball team, the Sharyland Independent School District is getting help from the city of Mission so their athletes can practice.


During a Sept. 25 school board meeting, school board trustees approved an interlocal agreement between the city of Mission and the school district for use of the Mission Sports Center, also known as the Pepsi Sports Park Complex.


The 16-acre complex, located at 3930 Plantation Grove Boulevard in Sharyland Plantation, features shade canopies, restrooms, a playground, and three lighted fields for baseball and softball games that will be used by students at B.L. Gray Junior High School for their baseball and softball practice.


In a phone interview Wednesday, Mission City Manager Martin Garza explained that the park its ball fields is leased out on numerous occasions for softball and baseball leagues.


The agreement calls for the school to use the center for baseball practice from October 30 through December 19 for a total of $420, or $20 per day the complex is used. For softball season next spring, the school will use the center for softball practice from April 2, 2018 through May 18 at the same $20 a day rate, or $460.


In total, the district will pay the city of Mission $880, per the interlocal agreement.


“Our students at B.L. Gray frankly do not have the space for a field for them to practice,” District Superintendent Robert O’Connor said at the September board meeting. “The teams will practice in that complex three days out of the week while our other junior high school, Sharyland North, will practice on their own campus.”


B.L. Gray Junior High School, located at 4400 south Glasscock Road, is within two miles south of the sports complex. The school will provide transportation to the complex for its students, O’Connor said.


“We want to make sure all these kids have a practice area to ensure they’re ready for baseball and softball at the high school level,” O’Connor said.