Straughn launches Web site

Published 11:59 pm Friday, August 7, 2009

Information about the Straughn High School athletics program has been made easily available through a click of a mouse — literally.

The Straughn Quarterback Club has launched a new Web site,, to help parents keep up to date with their child’s sporting activities at the school.

The Web site is currently a work in progress, but interested people can visit the site.

“I think it’s a great thing,” Straughn Quarterback Club member Robin Aughtman said. “There’s a lot of work that goes into high school sports. A lot of people think it’s just a coach and players. It’s not. There’s a lot of behind the scene things that go into a football season.”

She said the idea behind the Web site is to give parents all the needed information about their child’s sport – whether it’s football, basketball or softball – as well as the community.

“I hope this Web site will get more people aware of what it takes to make these events happen,” she said. “Maybe we can get more volunteers. As for parents, this is a great way to let them know about schedule changes and things that may be needed of them. For example, insurance forms for football went out earlier this week. By checking the Web site, parents can know to ask for them.

“We’re going to have a calendar with schedules for concession stand workers, things like that,” she said.

In addition to being an information hub for all Straughn parents, merchandise will be available to be purchased on the site soon.

Web site coordinator Joey Watson said even though the site is up on the web, there is still a lot of work that still needs to be done.

“It’s getting off to a slow start because it takes a lot of work to put together a Web site like this,” Watson said. “In the end, it’ll support every athletic program.”

Watson said another reason the Web site was launched was because it will allow organizers to keep in touch with volunteers.

“Something like this is a good way to utilize this technology and it’s the best way to assist in contacting volunteers,” he said. “That’s how it came about.”

Watson said the Web site will be a work in progress for some time to come.

“The site will never be done,” he said. “It’s probably less than 10 percent complete. It’s a start.”

Aughtman said she hopes the Web site will be used by parents as a tool to keep better informed about all SHS athletics. She said other links will be added in the future to provide rosters and schedules for the other high school sports, as well as links to other media outlets who might be broadcasting live from the games.