2014 Field of the Year Winner

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     “It’s a big deal,” said Will Rogers, referring to Clover Memorial Stadium’s recent field-of-the-year award in the schools and parks division of the Sports Turf Managers Association’s (STMA) annual competition. “We may not ever win again, so we want to enjoy it while we’re a national field.” And his worries aren’t unfounded; in a few weeks the award-winning Bermuda grass field will be replaced with synthetic turf as part of a money-saving referendum recently passed.

     Frank Falls, economic teacher and the field's grass-mower since ‘96, says he’s going to miss those two hours on the field, “The solitude of it. Just staring off into space. Just put your headphones and cut; just you and the field.” And the field, which required about 25 to 30 hours of maintenance a week (depending on the season), was more than just a field to many of them. “She [the field] is a living creature,” said Falls, “and when she goes away, a part of us will die with her.”