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CCHS soccer looks to avoid another homefield-less season

Josh Wiley, Harold VanGaasbeek and Becky Johnson were the three top-ranking students in their class, academically speaking, and when they graduated from Corydon Central last year, each had played four years of soccer for their alma mater … on the football field.
This year, the academic-minded athletes’ successors are still looking for a field to call home.
The weather did not cooperate as everything possible was done to make the new CCHS soccer field ‘ on the site of the old baseball diamond ‘ ready for play, Principal Carole Shields said.
Andy Rideout, turf manager for Old Capital Golf Club, was repeatedly rained out during his efforts to seed the field with fescue in the spring. The decision was made to switch to Bermuda grass, which requires a hot, summer growing season to take root.
The seed is taking well, but ‘just like any other building program, it takes a while to put the foundation firmly in place,’ Shields said. Next year, she anticipates ‘it will be an exemplary playing field.’
In the meantime, the teams will be playing on the outfield of the new, year-old baseball field. This is a system that is currently used at Providence High School and was recommended by Corydon’s varsity coaches, Shields said.
The baseball and softball teams at CCHS had to play all of their games on the road in the spring 2003 due to the construction of their current facilities. The softballers’ make-shift home field was the diamond at New Middletown.
The boys soccer team will play five home games. Two of those will be on the football field. The girls will have eight home games. Three will be played on the football field. Both team’s Senior Night games will use the football facilities.
A parent meeting was held Aug. 4 at CCHS and was attended by about 30 players and as many parents, Shields said.
‘I hope that everyone can see that we all ‘ central office, my office, Tom Preston’s office, maintenance even ‘ everyone has made the biggest effort to get this field ready,’ she said.

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