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At long last lights: Foresthill High School readying to turn on Friday night lights for football

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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Foresthill High School’s football team will be playing home games under Friday-night lights for the first time Sept. 12. The school’s Wildfires have played daytime games since opening in 2004. The lights were the result of a major funding donation from Foresthill Telephone Co. owner Sebastian Enterprises. The school plans to turn the lights on during a halftime ceremony in its game against Brookside Christian High School of Stockton. Vince Vigarino, a Wildfires player, said that he’s excited about playing at home during an evening game for the first time. “It’s going to be really intense,” Vigarino said. “Like the rest of my teammates, I can’t wait.” Construction was taking place at the field Monday on pillars that will hold the four light poles. Sue Lunsford, school principal, said that excitement is building as the game and lighting ceremony near. The project cost about $325,000, with Sebastian Enterprises covering all but $4,000. The Wildfires Booster Club chipped in the $4,000. “To have a business make that commitment in any school is huge,” Lunsford said. “They’re basically doing the whole project.” The Journal’s Gus Thomson can be reached at gust@goldcountrymedia.com.