New turf: SHS field gets a makeover

August, 2016 Posted in School, Sports & Recreation

James DayBy James Day

Stayton High
is about to become the second school in the Oregon West Conference with an artificial turf surface on its football field.

Eagles Athletic Director Darren Shryock told Our Town “we hope have it all done by mid-August in time for teams to practice for the fall, but it is a large project so we will see.”

According to Shryock, Newport is the only other Oregon West school with turf.

stayton-turf“Getting turf is about having the best for our kids as far as a playing surface,” he said. “I don’t know that it is safer than grass, but the ability to play at a high level is certainly improved. The ability to play both football and soccer will help our teams. Our boys’ soccer team has had to rent turf fields such as Sprague’s for their playoff games; it will be awesome to now play those at home.

“Our football team is on the rise and hosting post-season games on turf will improve their chances for success as well. Turf at Stayton has been in the thought process for going on 10 years now; it just all came together this year.”

As is usually is the case with turf projects a community-wide effort was necessary to pull it off. The project received support from the North Santiam School District, grant money, the school’s booster club – and the rest of the community. Shryock singled out Bill Martinak, Jim Huddleston, Denny Holm and Roger Roberts, noting that they “all donated their skill and expertise to the project, and we couldn’t have done it without them.”

A key benefit of the project is that Stayton’s Class 4A power boys soccer program, coached by Chris Shields, now will be able to play home games under the lights instead of at 3:30 p.m.

The Eagles’ boys and girls soccer teams will play a doubleheader Friday, Sept. 2 in the scheduled debut of the new field, with the girls playing at 1 p.m. and the boys at 3 p.m.

Fun runs: Stayton hosted its annual 4th of July runs, with women competitors shining the brightest.

Brianne Spears, 35, was the overall winner in the 10-kilometer event, turning in a sizzling 34:53.10, nearly four minutes ahead of men’s winner Tyler Dudley, 26, who ran 38:42.30. Spears finished 19 minutes ahead of the second-place women’s runner.

Nikol Allison, 41, was the top finisher in the 3K race in 13:57.90. The top male runner was 9-year-old Will Rosling, who ran 14:49.80.

Matthew Frazer, 15, won the 5K trail run in 17:55.80. Mary Moule, 46, was the top woman finisher in 21:17.20.

Fall dates to note: With summer winding down (right, it’s 90 degrees outside as I type this) here are the dates to watch as high school squads get set to start work in football, soccer, cross country and volleyball.

Conditioning drills start Aug. 8, Aug. 15 is the first OSAA-sanctioned practice date, and the first date for contests is Aug. 25. Most football teams debut Friday, Sept. 2.

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