PORT BYRON — The names of two Port Byron football figures will once again be featured when the school district's stadium is renovated.

Gino Alberici and Ron Crowell worked together in the district decades ago as head football coach and assistant coach, respectively. In September 2013, the field was dedicated to Alberici and the press box was named after Crowell. When the district's stadium is renovated, those respective areas will be rededicated to the men.

District Superintendent Neil O'Brien praised the duo, who both retired in the early 1990s. Though they left before O'Brien started with the district, he said he has spent time with both of them and that their names hold a tremendous amount of respect in the community.

O'Brien said Alberici was known for being gregarious and charismatic in his football days, while Crowell was quieter and made sure "all the ducks were in a row." Those traits can still be seen in the men today, O'Brien said.

"They are salt-of-the-earth type guys," O'Brien said.

The stadium is a part of the district's $13 million capital project approved by taxpayers in August 2016. O'Brien said the district is hopeful the project will be approved by the state education department by December. From that point, the district hopes to start bidding and construction next year and have the project done by that September.

Staff writer Kelly Rocheleau can be reached at (315) 282-2243 or kelly.rocheleau@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @KellyRocheleau.

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