High school notebook: Southmoreland field unplayable
By Staff Reports
Published: Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, 7:33 p.m.
The high school football season hasn't started yet, but Southmoreland already has been dealt a loss of sorts. The Scotties were scheduled to begin their season Friday with a home game against Jeannette, but that will not happen.
Heavy rains that fell on the area late last week flooded the artificial turf at Russ Grimm Field, forcing Southmoreland to lose a home game. The decision to move the game was made Monday. The game will be played at another location to be determined Tuesday.
“It was just flooded,” Southmoreland coach Mark Adams said. “When I got here (on 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 was damaged.
Adams noted the Scotties have 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. District representatives have met with insurance representatives and those from ProGrass, which installed the surface in 2006.
“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 likely will have an impact on the schedule for the Southmoreland boys and girls soccer teams, which 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.
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The Burgettstown graduate is the son of Burgettstown athletic director Terry Havelka. Jeff Havelka wrestled at Findlay in Ohio and was a grad assistant under Ron Headlee at Waynesburg.
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