Sports Updates: Turf fields progress despite weather, Wrestling team wins Early Bird Tournament


Elizabeth Driver

Construction workers work on building a new turf field. According to President Richard O’Hara the new target date for completion is the first week of January.

Turf fields progress despite weather

Because of bad weather, the projected end date for construction of the new turf fields is now mid-January, according to Head of Facilities Stewart Walker. The fields have been under construction since Oct. 20.

“Starting a site project like this in October [runs high] risk of getting bad weather in November and December,” Walker said. As of Dec. 9, weather had caused a week setback in construction schedule.

“I’m mildly disappointed because I was hoping for Christmas Eve, but it’s okay,” President Richard O’Hara said.

According to Walker, the rough grading is done, and installation of the perimeter drain is 98 percent done. The finishing grading comes next, followed by filter fabric and another drain to carry water away from the center of the field.

“Our intent is to have it done prior to the spring sports season,” Walker said.

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Wrestling team wins Early Bird Tournament

The wrestling team started the season with a win at the Early Bird Special Tournament at JC on Nov. 29.

JC beat Benedictine College Prep of Richmond, Va., who beat JC last year at the tournament, by more than 40 points.

At the tournament, JC had eight individual champions out of 14 different weight classes. The champions included freshmen Luke Strappelli and Adam Berg, junior Austin Smith, and seniors CJ Skokowski, Steven Jernigan, Chris Almony, and Hunter Ritter.

Head coach Keith Watson hopes that the rest of the season will continue like this.

“We are very talented and it’s just a question of keeping everyone in line and healthy until the end of the season,” Watson said.

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