Most Miss-Lou fields in good shape

Published 12:00 am Sunday, July 16, 2000

While Cathedral High backers have been digging up an old field and putting down a new one, most of the other fields in the Miss-Lou will not see any major transformation in the future.

Natchez High Stadium was built in 1996 and is holding up well.

&uot;Our field is in pretty good shape,&uot; said Natchez coach Elbert Lyles. &uot;Coach (James) Woodard does a good job on the field. That’s his expertise.&uot;

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Natchez does not practice on its field, but on a field adjacent to the softball and football fields.

&uot;We don’t get on it except for going over pre-game drills,&uot;&160;Lyles said.

Lyles said the soccer team playing on the field has not hurt it a bit.

&uot;They really haven’t done any damage,&uot; he said. &uot;It’s still in good shape.&uot;

Lyles said he doesn’t foresee any major problems in the future.

&uot;With the additional fields we are developing with the property we bought, we’ll have a couple of more fields to work on, so we won’t have to put too much time on the football field.&uot;

Adams County Christian School is putting up new lights at its field.

&uot;We’ve got the poles up and we’re going to put in the lights next week,&uot; said ACCS principal Buddy Wade.

Wade said sand has been added to the football field to make it softer.

&uot;The field’s in pretty good shape, but we need to make the surface a little softer,&uot; he said. &uot;Keeping athletic facilities up to date is always a constant battle.&uot;

Trinity athletic director and head football coach David King said sprinklers will be installed underneath the Trinity field at the end of the season.

&uot;We had contractors and surveyors come in and look at the field and they said when the field was put it, the workers did a perfect job,&uot; King said. &uot;We’ve got some good bermuda grass out there. Ricky Maier comes out and sprays it and we fertilize it. But it’s really a good surface. It’s still a good, soft field to play on.&uot;

Vidalia High athletic director and football coach Dee Faircloth has to practice and play on his field.

&uot;I call it the Sahara,&uot; he said. &uot;It’s actually a unique field in that it has Bermuda grass, Johnson grass, clover and water grass. It’s like Sherwood Forest.&uot;

Faircloth said when he first started coaching there was just a bit of St. Augustine grass around the light poles.

&uot;Now it goes out to the has marks,&uot; he said.

Faircloth said the school has not had the money to do a lot of work on the field.

&uot;And everytime we disc it up, we pick up a lot of rocks,&uot; he said. &uot;When they put in the field there was a gravel road, so when I&160;would disc it up, it would bring the gravel, wire and glass to the surface.&uot;

Faircloth said more dirt will be put on the field next year.

&uot;We probably have the best practice field in the state,&uot; he said.

Ferriday High head football coach James McFarland said Melz Field needs a sprinkler system.

&uot;It’s tough for a field that doesn’t get any water,&uot; McFarland said. &uot;Hopefully we can have a successful season this year and by next year have a sprinkler system in place.&uot;

Ferriday practices on the old baseball field behind the stadium.

&uot;Thank goodness we don’t have to practice on it or we would be in a bind.&uot;