Local scout scores big with hoops project

BELLAIRE — To say Garrett Holubeck is a well-rounded teen would be shortchanging him.

The St. John Central junior has a full plate, one which he handles in impressive fashion.

Holubeck is a three-sport standout for the Fighting Irish. He excels in cross country, track and basketball. In fact, he hit the game-winning shot last season against Paden City to snap the winless ways for the Green hoopsters.

Holubeck also gets in done in the classroom, where he is an honor student.

The St. Clairsville resident, however, doesn’t confine his prowess to just sports and academia. Holubeck is a longtime Boy Scout, one in search of the lofty Eagle Scout designation.

To become an Eagle Scout, one must undertake and complete a project of major proportions. Holubeck did so this summer, an undertaking which is and will pay big dividends for St. John’s.

The high school features an attached courtyard that contains a basketball court. The court, however, was basically in shambles with the rims ripped off and the old wooden backboards rotten into a state of decay.

Holubeck came to the rescue, as he devoted many man hours and quite a bit of his own money to make it happen.

“I saw how bad the outside court was at the end of the school year, so I thought it would make a good Eagle Scout project,” Holubeck said. “It took at least 80 hours of work to get it completed. I spent about $1,000 of my money for all the materials we needed.”

Those materials included new rims and nets and glass backboards, the first time the courtyard had such boards. He sealed the deal by securing the once-open facility by installing a chain-link door to keep potential vandals out. Vandalism has long been a problem after hours in the courtyard as it is out of public view.

Holubeck got involved in scouting at an early age, joining the Cub Scouts in the second grade which eventually morphed into being a Boy Scout. He belongs to Troop 66 in St. Clairsville with Joe Reinbold serving as Scoutmaster.

“I am very happy with how the project turned out,” Holubeck said. “It was a big asset at our basketball camp and now a lot of people can get use out of it.”

Holubeck has placed himself on the threshold of becoming an Eagle Scout, which is no easy task. There are a many ranks a Scout must climb: Tenderfoot, First Class, Second Class, Lifestage and Life Eagle. Once the Scout’s project is completed (such as Garrett’s courtyard renaissance) it must gain final approval from the district office in Steubenville. That will happen in the coming days for Holubeck.

Garrett has played key roles in the SJC track and cross country teams capturing OVAC championships.

“Garrett’s really committed to doing positive things in the community. Between academics, sports and everything else he’s got going on, it’s a wonder he finds time to do it. But he does,” said SJC Cross Country Coach Jeremy Midei. “Garrett’s a great kid from a great family – his parents, brothers and sister are all helpful, caring people.”

Garrett is the son of Gary and Mary Holubeck.

Kapral may be reached at bkapral@timesleaderonline.com