Wallace CC host groundbreaking ceremony for Johnny Oppert athletic facility

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DOTHAN, Ala (WDHN) — Thursday morning, Wallace Community College held a groundbreaking ceremony to unveil their official plan for the “Johnny Oppert” athletic facility.

This facility was birthed earlier in the summer but now the school held a ceremony to kick off the construction.

The guy it was named after, Johnny Oppert, was the catalyst in establishing athletics at Wallace back in the 1960s.

Oppert also has expertise on the diamond, playing four years in the major leagues the Los Angeles Dodgers system.

This facility will be huge for the school when it comes to training but also in the growth of their programs.

“This facility is really going to help us as far as recruiting, just overall bettering their skills so we can try to get them onto a four year school and get their education, and do the things they need to do,” said baseball coach Mackey Sasser.

The Oppert training facility will have three batting lanes and cages with retractable netting, two pitching mounds for baseball and softball as well as space for agility and infield drills.

A huge bonus to the facility, the teams will have a place to go and workout when inclement weather comes around.

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