Northgate field won’t be ready for season kick-off

If you’re thinking that it would take a miracle for Northgate’s Alumni Stadium, pictured above, to be ready for players to take the field for their first game in August, you would be right. In fact, according to school board athletic committee chair Jennifer McWilliams, the field will not be ready until Sept. 27, about halfway through next season. It could be even later if this summer’s wet weather continues, as facilities manager Scott Smith said the contractor needs the field to dry out in order for much of the work to continue. That leaves Northgate looking for other fields to play at least two scheduled home games. McWilliams said that the committee is exploring the use of fields at Avonworth and Quaker Valley school districts.She said that it may be possible to cut down on the use of other fields if the team can get out of a nonconference game against McGuffy. McWilliams said that Northgate played McGuffy last year, and that the Flames suffered five injured players against the team, which McWilliams described as having 60 players who were all over 6 feet tall.

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