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Prep Notebook: Foxes eager to unveil stadium
BY TAFT COGHILL JR.
King George High School is eagerly awaiting the go-ahead to open its new football stadium.
Foxes athletic director Alex Fisher said on Wednesday that a walk-through is planned for Monday. County administrators, the stadium architect and the contractor will participate in the walk-through.
Fisher said the final approval to open the stadium for the Sept. 21 contest against Courtland could come as late as next Wednesday.
“Both the team and the community are very anxious,” Fisher said.
The finishing touches are currently being applied to the stadium, which cost $3.6 million. It has an artificial turf field and seats 2,000 people.
Fisher said the final touches are mostly safety features. He said fire lanes, handicapped parking, ambulance parking and fire alarms are being added.
King George’s field hockey team will also use the field. The Foxes will have played at least seven straight road games before they can use the new stadium.
“We’ve put them on the longest road trip ever,” Fisher said.
Fisher said the community has its “fingers crossed” that the final go-ahead will be given next week.
The Foxes’ football team, which has a bye this week, celebrated as if its Aug. 31 win over Washington & Lee was the final game at Hunter Field. So Fisher doesn’t want to consider the possibility of playing there again.
“I don’t even want to comment on that,” he said.
BYE DOESN’T HEAL WOUND
James Monroe senior quarterback DeMontaz Brown will not play in the Yellow Jackets’ Battlefield District opener next Friday at Eastern View, Yellow Jackets coach Rich Serbay said.
Brown missed the first three games this season after suffering an offseason knee injury. The Yellow Jackets have a bye this week, but Serbay said Brown is still rehabilitating the injury.
“I have no idea when he’s coming back,” Serbay said.
Asked if Brown will return this season, Serbay said he “can’t answer that question.”
“It’s up to him and the doctor,” Serbay said. “They know more than I do right now.”
The Yellow Jackets (3–0) have thrived with backup Julian Bumbrey running the offense. They defeated Tabb, Stafford and Freedom by an average of 32.3 points per game.
RECRUITING GURU IN TOWN
College recruiting expert Bob Foley will be the guest speaker at “The Realities of Recruiting” event on Monday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Massaponax High School.
Admission is two canned goods per person. Athletes in grades 8–12 are encouraged to attend.
Foley is expected to explain to athletes how to market themselves to college coaches, the role of high school coaches and parents, academic requirements and other NCAA rules.
“We’re just trying to open it up to the community,” Panthers athletic director Stan Clements said. “There are so many rules and regulations NCAA-wise, it’s good for everybody to hear everything that goes into being recruited at the next level.”
Those who want to attend are asked to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 804/387-9493.
LIONS’ FIELD HONORED
The Louisa football field has been featured on the cover of the September edition of SportsTurf magazine. The stadium was named the 2011 Best School and Parks Football Field in America by the SportsTurf Managers Association.
Taft Coghill Jr.: 540/374-5526