When Silverton High’s football team was preparing to play in the 5A state championship game in 2014, the team had to go to Canby at 10 a.m. on a Monday so it could practice on a turf field.
The Silver Fox Foundation is well on their way to making sure that never happens again.
The group has raised about $225,000 in cash and K&E Excavating – which has deep roots in Silverton – joined the project and will do the excavation of the existing field, level the surface and putting it in the rock under the turf.
The goal is to start excavation of the old field in June and have the turf ready for the first football game of the 2016 fall season, and they need to raise about $225,000 to do so.
“It’s gone really, really well and it’s a reasonable number to finish fundraising,” Silverton athletic director Greg Kaatz said. “We’re on track right now.”
Silverton hosts fewer than 20 events a year at the field on the Schlador Road campus.
Instead of building a new stadium on the Pine Street campus – which opened in 2009 – the project will continue to use the stadium on the Schlador campus.
“We have a covered, a pretty large sized covered seating for adults and the student section is covered,” Kaatz said. “There are not a lot of schools that have covered seating. That’s really expensive. We already have capital invested in the stadium as it sits right now.”
Most of the building on the Schlador campus are being rehabilitated to be turned into a middle school, and parts of the campus are to be used for Community Roots Charter School.
In addition to cash donations and sponsorships, the committee is looking for in-kind donations of concrete for curbing, pressure treated boards used to attach the turf, asphalt paving and asphalt cutting.
A $50,000 grant from USA Football got the project going and the Silverton Les Schwab donated $25,000.
“Silverton’s had a lot of success with a lot of their programs, not just football, but track and marching band,” said project manager Bill McNutt. “What’s different here from Salem-Keizer is it’s one town, one high school. That’s what makes it kind of fun.
“We have a very aggressive time schedule. It’s much quicker than what we had on the other ones. We had I think 17 months with McNary. This is more like 10 months. But I think that there’s the right people in place in the community.”
For more information or to donate to the project, contact fundraising chairperson Tara Kramer at firstname.lastname@example.org, Rick Schmidt of the Silver Fox Foundation at email@example.com or McNutt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cascade hired Tim Ganfield as the baseball coach.
Ganfield spent 14 years as softball coach at Cascade ending in 2012, including guiding the team to four state championship game appearances and winning state championships in 2010 and 2012.
West Salem junior Ahmed Muhumed placed third in the Nov. 22 Nike Border Clash 17 cross country race at the Nike World Headquarters Campus in Beaverton.
Muhumed, the 6A state champion this season, finished in a time of 15:39 over the 5,000-meter course.
In the girls race, South Salem’s Anna Chau was 13th in 18:40, Silverton’s Maddie Fuhrman was 33rd in 19:18, North Salem’s Madison Wilhoft was 54th in 19:45 and West Salem’s Brooke Chuhlantseff was 63rd in 19:58.
North Salem senior Cole Hamilton has signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Western Oregon.
Hamilton, a catcher, was a second-team all-Greater Valley Conference player as a junior and was first-team all-Central Valley Conference as a sophomore after batting .352 with a .562 slugging percentage.
He also is a returning starter on North Salem’s basketball team.
Track and field: West Salem senior Hunter Mosman signed a letter of intent to compete in track and field at Western Oregon.
In cross country, Mosman placed fifth at the Greater Valley Conference district meet in his junior and senior years and placed eighth in the Central Valley Conference his freshman and sophomore seasons.
Mosman placed 86th, 76th, 36th and 32nd at the 6A state meet in his four years of high school.
In track and field, he placed second in the Central Valley Conference in the 1,500 meters as a sophomore and advanced to the 6A state meet, where he finished 13th.
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