Scappoose High football coach wants artificial turf
With football season approaching, the head football coach at Scappoose High School is looking forward to the day when artificial turf can be installed at his school.
As attractive as natural grass can be, come playoff time, natural grass becomes a problem for the Indians.
Coach Sean McNabb says the problem can be traced to the practice field.
"Our practice field is down below the field," McNabb said. "The rain drains down there, and what happens is that when the practice field turns into a muddy mess, you can't get quality practices."
While a single game being washed out is a pain, the problem actually compounds over the course of the season, McNabb explained.
"After a while — by the time playoffs roll around — your field is in terrible shape," the coach said. "The grass is gone. There are a lot of bare spots. When it's a little bit wet, it turns into mud."
McNabb noted that his team has had to travel to different sites during the playoffs to avoid the sloppy conditions.
"We've played a lot of our playoff games in St. Helens," he said. "They've always been great about allowing us to use their field."
McNabb noted that when voters last approved a bond measure for the Scappoose School District — in 2008 — "the one thing they neglected to put on there was anything towards athletics," he said. "Athletics got absolutely nothing in that bond."
As to a way to remedy the situation, McNabb says a new bond measure should include artificial turf for Scappoose's sporting grounds.
"I would like to have artificial turf to play on every week," McNabb said, noting he would be happy if they turfed Chinook Field for soccer, the football practice field and all the baseball fields. "I would be very happy if we could get artificial turf for Scappoose football."
McNabb pointed out, "We're a 5A school now, and the majority of the 5A schools that we play have a turf field. I just feel that Scappoose is behind, and I think there's something that needs to be done."
McNabb thinks Scappoose School District voters would get behind a bond measure that includes athletic improvements.
"When I look at this community, sports are very popular," McNabb said. "When you drive through Scappoose in the fall, you're going to see every field with kids playing football and soccer."
McNabb does give thanks to the groundkeepers who have done as much as possible to keep up the grass fields.
"Those guys have done a fantastic job for us," McNabb said. "They've always put a lot of work and a lot of time into that field and all the fields around here to get them ready for the kids. I was always so impressed with the work that they put in during the offseason.
"When you have natural grass, it takes a lot to get it ready for the season."
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