NEW SUMMERFIELD —
The crown jewel
A natural progression from cross country to track and field led the school district to deciding to proceed with the what should become the jewel in the crown of the complex.
Crews from Austin-based Hellas Corporation continue to work hard to complete the track facility on schedule, despite some topsy-tervy springtime weather.
Hellas has installed similar facilities at Rusk High School, Carthage High School, Longview Pine Tree and at West Rusk High, just to name a few.
“We are very pleased with the work Hellas has been doing for us,” Weiss said. “They continue to deliver on all of their promises.”
Weiss said that the new track will not only benefit New Summerfield students but the residents of New Summerfield as well.
“We wanted to add something that would better serve our students and at the same time provide something that our entire community can use,” Weiss said. “Athletic events help bind the school and the community together.”
Weiss indicated that New Summerfield hopes to offer soccer as a club sport in the fall, which will create an opportunity for many more students to participate in athletics.
The natural-grass soccer pitch will be located in the center of the track.
“Not all of our kids here play basketball,” Weiss said. “We wanted to offer a sport that would get as many kids involved in athletics as possible. Since we are going to treat soccer like a UIL sport, we could very well see an improvement academically, too.”
Weiss said that New Summerfield plans to schedule similar size schools, such as Price-Carlisle and Tenaha, who already field soccer units.
Baseball, softball on the way, too
Just west of the tennis courts and track and field complex plans call for a softball and baseball field, which should be ready for use in early January 2014. Just in time for the Lady Hornet and Hornet diamond teams to play for the very first time next spring.
“We plan to field junior varsity teams next year in softball and baseball in preparation for varsity competition in 2015,” Weiss said. “We have a beautiful tree-lined area designated for our softball and baseball fields and they will be able to share the parking lots with the tennis and track facilities. We're trying to do things economically and in a conservative manner.”
Justin Willis has been hired to coach Hornet baseball, with high school principal Josh Faucett tentatively set to coach the Lady Hornet softballers.