Floods force Southmoreland football team to move home game
TribLIVE Sports Videos
The high school football season hasn't started, but Southmoreland already has been dealt a loss. The Scotties were scheduled to begin their season Friday with a home game against Jeannette, but that will not happen.
Heavy rains that fell late last week flooded the artificial turf at Russ Grimm Field, forcing Southmoreland to lose a home date. The decision to move the game was made Monday.
The game will be played at another location, and a final decision on that location is expected Tuesday.
“We're still in assessment mode,” Southmoreland Superintendent John Molnar said. “We're trying to get this done correctly.”
Molnar said district officials met with insurance representatives and those from ProGrass, which installed the surface in 2006.
“It was just flooded,” Southmoreland football coach Mark Adams said. “When I got here (Friday), I saw the devastation.”
The Scotties were scheduled to host Jefferson-Morgan in a scrimmage last week, but the scrimmage was moved to Jefferson-Morgan after Russ Grimm Field had been damaged.
Adams noted that the Scotties moved their practices to the grass field next to the stadium.
Because it is unknown where Friday's game will be played, Adams is hoping to secure at least one practice session on an artificial turf field.
It's not known when Russ Grimm Field will be restored to playing condition.
“They are trying to give us a temporary fix so we can at least have two or three home games,” Adams said.
Southmoreland's next scheduled home game is Sept. 13 against Mt. Pleasant.
The flooded field also will likely have an impact on the schedule for the Southmoreland boys and girls soccer teams. Both teams play their home games at Russ Grimm Field.
Southmoreland's boys team is scheduled to host South Park in a season opener Sept. 3. The girls team is scheduled to play Bentworth in its home opener Sept. 7. Those dates likely will be changed.
“We will be changing the schedule times and may try to play more away the first half of the season,” Southmoreland athletic director Charlie Swink said.
Paul Paterra contributed. Jason Black is the local sports editor of the Daily Courier. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.