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The Clock Strikes 50

Updated: 10/17/2013 2:08 PM
Created: 10/15/2013 10:48 PM KSTP.com

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Ray Zeman was 31-years-old when he watched his first Lourdes football game from the press box.

A half-century later, he still occupies that same spot.

"You know, I haven't missed a home game in 50 years," the Lourdes timekeeper said.

 For 50 years, Ray has been in charge of running the clock at the Eagles home games.

"How'd I get started? Well, I joined the Bench Warmers when I first came to town, and they said is there anyone in the Bench Warmers that would take this job? So they said, Ray why don't you do it and I said sure I'll do it," said Zeman.

But after all these years, what drives Ray to come back every fall?

"I don't know. I think it makes me smile no matter when I talk about Lourdes high school. I mean, I smile all the time with it because I've never had a bad day at Lourdes high school," said Zeman.

It would be hard to count every game Ray has worked, but what's clear is the impact he has made.

"You know it's just his support and dedication to the program and the kids is what sticks out doing it that many years. To be able to volunteer your time and do it for I don't know how many games it's been but were just lucky to have him still be a part of the program," said Lourdes head football coach Mike Kesler.

Lourdes and Ray go way back. His sent his four kids to Lourdes, spent time on the school board, handed out diplomas, and won many awards for his involvement in the community.

Still, what Ray loves the most are those Friday nights.

"I enjoy the game, I enjoy the kids, and I've seen a lot of good ballplayers," said Zeman.

As the time ticks towards the end of the season, will Ray's time tick too?

"Who knows? When the time comes to hang it up, will I hang it up or not? Do you quit your office? I don't know, because I'll definitely miss it," said Zeman.