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School board uses three million dollars on New Albany’s ‘the project’ while ignoring FC athletic facility flooding

By J.D. McKay

On Oct. 22, the New Albany-Floyd County school board approved using three million dollars left over from the referendum to build a new soccer facility for New Albany High School. The facility will be located at the old Green Valley Elementary School, and will include new locker rooms, stadium seats, and concession stands.

While new soccer fields is something NAHS needs (they have 12 soccer teams on one field), spending three million dollars on one field is unreasonable, especially because they seem to be ignoring problems we have with fields at Floyd Central.

Our soccer, baseball, softball, and shotput and discus fields sit in a valley and flood every year, usually in the spring, which makes playing on the softball field almost impossible. Some years, the outfield fences are destroyed, the screen behind home plate torn, and brick dust in the infield moves around so it is unusable. Plus, debris is strewn all over the shot and disc fields, and the soccer field is too wet and soft to use for several weeks.

The clean up is usually assigned to the softball, baseball, and soccer teams. Then, after most of the immediate tasks have been completed, a maintenance crew comes in and finishes the tasks that take some expertise. Clean up is also very costly. According to athletic director Jeff Cerqueira it cost at least 25,000 dollars to clean, but on the more destructive years it has cost 75,000 dollars.

Another problem with this new stadium for NAHS soccer is keeping the high schools equal. Currently, FC has two locker rooms attached the football stadium. One of them is used for football, and one is used for girls’ soccer. That means the boys’ soccer team is without a locker room to change in, and the girls’ locker room is not always open for their use. Plus, the concession stand and bathrooms are attached to the football stadium.

According to the minutes from the school board meeting on Oct. 22, NAHS’ new facility will have three exclusively soccer locker rooms, coaches’ offices, bathrooms, and a concession stand attached to the stadium. Their new stadium will also have permanent bleachers. Currently, we have bleachers that only stay by the soccer fields for the season; then, they are wheeled away to sit in the parking lot to wait until the start of next soccer season. The only equal part of their facility and our fields would be the press box.

NAHS clearly needs a new soccer facility, but that expense is ridiculous. Seymour High School installed a new soccer facility three years ago with a turf field, practice field, and had 200 thousand dollars of unexpected drainage that needed to be installed. That cost them only 1.4 million dollars and included new stands, press box, lights, and field turf, and could have been several hundred thousand less if not for the drainage surprise and practice field.

What SHS did is much more logical and could make facilities even between the two schools. NAHS could have the 1.5 million to build their new soccer facility, and we could have the other 1.5 million to make the fix the problems we have with our soccer, softball, shotput and discus, and baseball fields.

Community comes together to repair softball field from late April flooding

By Mitchell Lockhart and Sean Henry

On Friday, April 28, a severe thunderstorm tore through the southern Indiana area. It left many without power, flooded roads, and knocked down trees and power-lines with ease.

But this was not all the damage done. As the storm went on, the FC softball field was flooded, causing tremendous damage and making the field unplayable.

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Softball team progresses despite recent flooding

By Delaney Smith and Sydney Sears

With the season well underway, the softball team is looking forward to a winning season. While the team has been practicing hard, recent flooding of the softball field due to rain has slowed down their progress.

Extensive field damage was caused by the water. “There was 36 inches of standing water in the concession stand and the field wasn’t even visible,” said athletic director Jeff Cerqueira. “There was damage to the fence, wind screen, and most of the infield material was washed away.” The repairs to the fields are estimated to cost over $50,000, according to Cerqueira.

“We haven’t gotten as much time on the fields as I had hoped for, the rain has been tearing them up pretty good, but we have the gym on the days we get rained out and we work hard there,” said sophomore Erin Keenan.

The community, led by Doug Curry, has helped with cleaning up the fields so that they can be functioning by May 12 for the conference. Maintenance was seen working on the fields throughout the previous week.

Junior Clara Shean and sophomore Emily Keenan said that the team has also had been conditioning since the fall and they have been spending time hitting in the cages to improve.

“I think we will do great this season. The team looks really good and we have been practicing a lot,” said Emily.

Shean agreed that the team shows promise has been showing a lot of talent.

Each team member has their own improvements that they hope to make this season.

“My personal goal is to improve my pitching and batting,” said Erin.

Shean also plans on improving her hitting skills through the season.

Currently the JV record is 5-1 and the varsity record is 2-1.