Football field project due to finish before season |

Football field project due to finish before season

By Steve Yingling

Tribune sports editor

Football practice starts in a month and South Tahoe High’s Viking Bowl looks like its better suited for a monster truck competition.

But STHS Athletic Director Don Borges and Lake Tahoe Unified School District Facilities Director Steve Morales said there is no reason to worry, the resodding project will be completed in time for football.

Wear and tear on the field has necessitated a $30,000 resodding project that should have the field playable by mid-to-late August, according to Morales.

“I don’t anticipate it impacting their home game schedule,” Morales said. “Until it’s ready we’ve asked that they conduct their conditioning and skills drills in the end zone areas and on the side.”

Last year, STHS’s soccer team lost all of its home games for the first half the season while new grass was put down at the South Tahoe Middle School field.

“That’s not going to happen here,” Borges said. “We’re confident that it will be ready. It will have a little over a month of nothing but setting up and growing, and we actually had less time than that with the soccer field.”

Western Turf of Reno has been contracted to do the work along with city staff members. To expedite the project, slabs of turf 100 feet long by two feet wide will be put down on the field. Contractors started removing the old sod on Friday and continued to haul it away on Monday.

Borges said the new sod could be in place by the end of the week.

The $30,000 bill will be paid out of the district’s facilities and maintenance fund as well as $10,000 from the Community Athletic Coordinating Council.

Morales stressed that the public remain off the field until it is ready for play.

“When you have new sod you keep it much wetter normally and people getting on wet sod it’s more easily damaged than when it has a dry base,” Morales said.

South Tahoe is scheduled to host a scrimmage with Sparks on Aug. 20 and the school is considering switching the venue to the new synthetic turf field near Lake Tahoe Community College.

The Vikings’ home opener is Sept 3 against Galena.

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