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Lawrence High football team tests new home field advantage

Lawrence High school football team members run some drills on their new artificial turf field Monday, while in the background construction continues where the west bleachers will be located. If the fields are not ready by the start of the football season some games may need to be played at Haskell Stadium.

Lawrence High school football team members run some drills on their new artificial turf field Monday, while in the background construction continues where the west bleachers will be located. If the fields are not ready by the start of the football season some games may need to be played at Haskell Stadium.

June 2, 2009

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The Lawrence High School Lions football team stepped onto its new home turf for the first time Monday morning.

The upgrades to the high school athletic facilities means football, soccer, baseball and softball teams all have their own turfed fields to practice and compete on.

The Lions found that grass isn’t always greener.

“(The turf) feels better because Haskell (Stadium) was just horrible in my mind,” said LHS senior Taylor Coleman. “It’s cool to play in the stadium but that field was just bad.”

The softer turf was a pleasant surprise to both athletes and head coach Dirk Wedd.

“Kids can’t believe how soft it is,” he said.

And while there was some contention from neighbors near LHS, Wedd thinks the money spent on the upgrades is worth it.

“We’re going to have a lot of kids out here every day using this,” Wedd said. “It makes the Lawrence High kids feel better about themselves.”

Also, the upgrades aren’t costing the district as much as originally planned.

Kathy Johnson, the district’s finance director, said at the April 13 school board meeting that the total cost of the projects started at close to $19 million. Now, the estimate is closer to $15 million, including restroom renovations at both LHS and Central Junior High.

“The downturn is helping us in these projects,” said district facility planning director Tom Bracciano. “It’s hurting us in our general fund, but in our capital fund, it’s helping us maximize our dollar usage.”

As far as the projects go, Free State is still waiting on its soccer and softball fields to be finished. The football bleachers are being put together block by block based on a unique design by their engineer.

“Each site, they have an individual personality,” Bracciano said. “(Free State) will be kind of a bowl stadium and Lawrence High (will) be a free-standing, but they’ll have the same bleachers.”

LHS is also getting its bleachers installed and work still needs to be done on the new tennis courts, parking area, baseball, softball and soccer fields.

But Bracciano expects the work to be done by the completion date: Aug. 15.

“We’re very confident we’ll have the bleachers and all the other amenities in for Sept. 4, for the first (LHS) football game,” he said.

But just in case, Rick Gammill, director of special operations, is in talks with Haskell Indian Nations University for potential use of its stadium in the event that severe weather delays work on the outdoor fields.

“We don’t anticipate that happening, but it’s always a very good idea to have options,” Gammill said.

Even if they don’t get on the field for the first game of the season, the Lions are happy to have their own turf in their own backyard.

“It feels like my field,” said LHS senior Ben Muiller. “Haskell was great with the tradition, but this, it’s ours.”

Comments

Clickker 5 years, 7 months ago

Nice.

BTW..Is that the new running back from South there coming around the end?

bearded_gnome 5 years, 7 months ago

again, somehow I just knew Bronzie would be on here with his usual feckless agitation.
Bronze has been thrown off the comment threads at least seven times before! formerly known as: Ariadne/cool/rusty2/spiderman/jaguar/coltrane et al! he's been thrown off for repeated violations of the terms of service, including harrassing other users, posting disallowed comments, trying to out identities of other users, etc.

And while there was some contention from neighbors near LHS, Wedd thinks the money spent on the upgrades is worth it.

“We’re going to have a lot of kids out here every day using this,” Wedd said. “It makes the Lawrence High kids feel better about themselves.”

---while there was some contention from neighbors...Bronzie agitated his mother's neighbors into a frivelous lawsuit, and then signed an agreement after that was settled, but signed without good faith because he continued to agitate.

I'm delighted the LHS field is in, and the high school kids feel good about it! yaaay! now time to put in the lights at the tennis court!

nobody should be mislead by Bronzie's posting, he doesn't even care about the money or the turf. his frivelous lawsuit cost the school district thousands of dollars. last we heard he was trying to gin up some agitation about drainage. but eleven months ago he approved of the drainage work done there.

bearded_gnome 5 years, 7 months ago

good job USD497 officials!

congratulations LHS kids! now, play hard on it. most of lawrence cheers this news!

4getabouit 5 years, 7 months ago

It's about time these kids had appropriate outdoor facilities. Good for them.

lostpuppy 5 years, 7 months ago

Clickker,

Yes. That's Jeffrey Belaire. He attended South but played football at Highland Park. He played basketball for the Cougars.

bearded_gnome 5 years, 7 months ago

yo Ravens, check your PM from me.

you remember how insane Bronze/ariadne/cool/spiderman/jaguar/coltrane/rusty2/et al got when we were discussing the lights at the new tennis courts?

you are right, he doesn't care one spit for the school, kids, turf, parking, drainage, lights, etc., etc., etc., ad nauseum.

it is all about him, him, him! he expresses concern here about "the total cost" but fails to acknowlege the cost of his frivelous lawsuit.

and, as I've posted before, how have his antics effected the kids of LHS? his dragging the school district through that lawsuit? the lies, agitation?

and, Ravens, as you know, Bronzie is far from a paragon of virtue.

as discussed on other threads, he has failed in his power of attorney to serve the value of his mother's home. he has signed that agreement with the school district without good faith.

hey, let's get those tennis lights goin'!

Clickker 5 years, 7 months ago

"Yes. That's Jeffrey Belaire. He attended South but played football at Highland Park. He played basketball for the Cougars."

OK. Great. I have seen him run with the football and he is pure talent. If he stays out of trouble ( not a given), he will not only start as a Soph, but will likely be all-state by the time he is a senior.

bearded_gnome 5 years, 7 months ago

here's a golden oldie for Bronze/ocean/ariadne/rusty2/cool/spiderman/coltrane/jaguar:

30 December 2008 at 9:33 p.m.

Suggest removal Permalink Anonymous Ravens (Anonymous) says…

Once upon a forum dreary, while I pondered weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore, While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, Come to Lawrence, said Sven, posting. “Look: mice and fox and more.” 'Some dippy poster,' I muttered, Just like Cool and Spiderman before -Only this, and nothing more.' And this raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting On the pallid bust of Sven just above the chamber door; And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming, ready for another CNA meeting. And the lamp-light o'er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor; And my take from what I'm reading, as the foxes go on breeding, not far from Chesty's door. His case will lose. The Raven says — It'll be nevermore!

bearded_gnome 5 years, 7 months ago

so, Bronzie admits those setbacks were only recommendations!
I think I just felt the earth shake a little.

and, shame on Bronze/ocean/jaguar/cool/spiderman/coltrane/rusty2/ariadne/et al, hiding behind his "neighbors" reference. he agitated the neighbors, and when they settled he discussed on these threads agitating other neighborhood associations. "stay tuned the traffic hasn't happened yet. " more agitation coming?

it was really all about Bronzie. for lots of laughs, that wonderful adaptation of Poe's "the Raven" and many other fine posts can be found in the comment thread under a letter to the editor titled "natural buffer."

bearded_gnome 5 years, 7 months ago

Bronze/ocean/cool/et al raises parking here... last April 20th, he protested the razing of the old tennis courts at lhs to make room for more parking! the tenniss courts had to move to get more parking. [he was "ocean" but got himself kicked off, only to return as Bronze now] here's my response to him on april 20:


Ocean/cool/ariadne/cool/spiderman/rusty2 says: no one apparently reviewed the efficacy of leaving the tennis court location where it was and simply resurfacing the existing courts?

okay, which is it? you insist more parking be built, they're doing that, but now you complain the tennis courts will only be 14ft from somebody's [yours?] property line. well ... , you're getting your increase in parking and I don't see what you have to complain about.

---once again, "the wrom turns."

Jim Williamson 5 years, 7 months ago

Some people complain when you hang 'em with a brand new rope.

KU_Dude 5 years, 7 months ago

A classic comment worth repeating......


jkealing (Jonathan Kealing) says…

bronze-

I've warned you privately, now I'll warn you publicly. You do not have bearded_gnome's name correct. If you don't immediately cease to attempt to out an anonymous user, your account will be banned. In addition, I will immediately ban any account I suspect to be created by you without notice, warning or further cause. This is your final warning.

Jonathan Kealing Online editor

bearded_gnome 5 years, 7 months ago

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bearded_gnome 5 years, 7 months ago

Bronzie, how long until you get yourself TOSsed off for the 8th or 9th time?

why do you persist in such behavior?

will you call me a "wingut" again? hey, that was funny mr. spellcheck?

you complained about flooding in your neighborhood, during the flash flooding of many parts of lawrence and tried to blame the new LHS field, you know, the one with the drainage you approved of eleven months ago? and this flooding occurred in your mother's house? when you were coping with that flooding, provided you were responsible enough, did you remember laughing your guts out about the vandalism at the Oread Inn site that caused flooding there? interesting.

bearded_gnome 5 years, 7 months ago

oh, no more comment from Bronze/mr.spellcheck?

what are you doing mr. environ-mental architect about parking? how about expanding parking in your mother's yard? maybe you could lease it to the school district for the parking you are concerned about?

your frivelous lawsuit cost the usd497 $10,000-15,000, how much parking could the school district build for that?

makes your claims all seem empty, moot, and just bronze-centered.

bearded_gnome 5 years, 7 months ago

To the editor:

Ken Lassman’s book “Wild Douglas County” brings us all to focus on the flora and fauna of our native oak and hickory forests and native grassland and wetlands. Living near the Lawrence High School practice fields the last six years, I have seen a great deal of local wildlife ranging from fox to raccoon families and birds from ravens to finches all gathering around the perimeter of the school property.

did somebody say "ravens?"

sentence structure, bad.

bearded_gnome 5 years, 7 months ago

bronze (Anonymous) says…

BG must have stayed pretty late at the bar……drinkin again.

Bronzie, that is really lame. really really lame. do you mean my previous post at 11;46p.m.?

what's the matter, is 11;46p.m. past your bedtime Bronzie?

no, I haven't been inside a bar in years, many years. and I don't need a drop of alcohol like some of your buddies.

bearded_gnome 5 years, 7 months ago

whatsa matter Bronzie? did my repost of that wonderful application of "The Raven" alongside your very lame and poorly written letter to the editor hit your little sensitive ego a little too hard? so, you snuck on this thread to try to get one last swipe that maybe I wouldn't notice?

poor Bronzie.

have they turned on the tennis courts' lights yet? as noted above, you camplained there wasn't enough parking at LHS, but when they move the tennis courts to put in more parking you complain too.

key words: "you" "complain."

gogoplata 5 years, 7 months ago

What will happen to the ghosts of Haskell Stadium?

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