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Louisiana College plans homecoming debut for stadium

Jul 30, 2008 8:38:04 AM

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Louisiana College expects to have 7,000 seats and a turf field ready for its October 25 homecoming game after breaking ground last week on its new facility for football and soccer.

The school later will add a brick façade around the new bleachers, and a third phase of construction will result in an athletics/academic building that will house the school’s athletic training program.

“The new field will be state-of-the-art, meaning we can use it for athletics, as well as band/cheerleading/dance-line camps and competitions, sports tournaments, and community events like graduations,” said Dennis Dunn, the school’s head football coach.

Dunn said he is looking forward to “playing football games on our campus for our players and students.” The team has been playing at Pineville (Louisiana) High School’s stadium since the football program was revived at the college in 2000.

The school’s men’s and women’s soccer programs, which were established in 1997, also will benefit from the project, which school officials say also may permit Louisiana College to host state high school soccer finals and professional soccer games.

“When completed, this stadium will be one of the best, if not the best, soccer stadium in the state of Louisiana,” said head soccer coach Derek Godwin.

About 100 people attended the groundbreaking ceremony last Thursday for the $8 million project.

St. John Fisher adds women’s golf

St. John Fisher is boosting the number of varsity sports it sponsors to 14 with the addition of women’s golf this fall.

“We felt as though women’s golf was a perfect fit to our athletics program and I think it’s a sport we can be very successful in right away,” said Bob Ward, director of athletics.

The school’s men’s golf team finished third this year at the Division III Men’s Golf Championships, and a team member, Scott Harris Jr., was individual medalist.

Men’s coach Bob Simms also will coach the women’s team, which is schedule to play in at least nine tournaments during 2008-09.

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