Open House Planned For Russ Derry Practice Facility

An open house is planned on Friday, March 15th, for the new Russ Derry Practice Facility for North Central Missouri College. The Russ Derry Practice Facility is located on the North Central Missouri College campus across from the Ketcham Community Center on Lulu Street. Guests are to park at the Ketcham Center. The public can tour the entire facility; individuals will be available to answer questions about Russ Derry and NCMC Athletic Programs. The open house will be held on that Friday from 11:30 until 2:30. The Trenton Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting at 2:30

Construction for the Russ Derry Practice Facility began in September. The 120 x 84 indoor practice area was completed in late January 2024 in time for preparation for the baseball and softball spring seasons. The practice area includes a turfed practice field and four hitting/pitching tunnels. The 60 x 65 facility section features a Russ Derry Memorial Room, laundry/storage room, bathrooms, and locker rooms.

Russ Derry, a 1935 graduate of Princeton High School, had an 18-year professional baseball career across North America.

The NCMC Foundation grants a scholarship to an NCMC baseball and softball player each year in memory of Russ and his wife Elena.