The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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May 20, 2007

Ceremony held for Nicholas Prograss turf project

SUMMERSVILLE — While standing on the Memorial Stadium track Sunday afternoon, two Nicholas County High School students casually tossed around a football.

When the 2007-08 school year commences this fall, the footballs and soccer balls will again be filling the air at the 30-year-old facility, and athletes will have a new artificial surface with which to cushion each footstep.

Just as they flock to the stadium for home games during the school year, interested observers from the Summersville community assembled Sunday for a ground-breaking ceremony for the Prograss turf project that is the result of the “Turf For The Kids” drive undertaken last October.

Gary Roach, who will be a senior running back/safety for the Grizzlies this fall, says he, his fellow 12th-graders — about 15 in all — and their younger teammates can’t wait to sample the artificial surface that will replace the worn-out grass field on which they previously played.

“We think we should have a very good season, and it will be good to start it off with a new field and new scoreboard,” Roach said. “We want to tell everybody thanks a lot for everything they’ve done. It’s really important.”

Coach Gene Morris’ squad will have a home scrimmage Aug. 11 against Scott, a game that may be moved to the evening. Then, the Grizzlies will host Buckhannon-Upshur in the first home football contest Friday, Aug. 31.

“It’s great the community has stepped up and provided these opportunities,” Morris says.

Of course, the high school gridders will make up only a small portion of the student-athletes who will hone their skills on the new surface. Other teams and organizations who play there include soccer teams and a variety of middle school and youth sports units, in addition to the band using the stadium.

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