Wednesday, May 21, 2003

CovCath's new synthetic field to cost $450,000

COVINGTON - Covington Catholic High School is buying a synthetic field to be installed for the upcoming football season.

The school will spend $450,000 - paid for by the athletic boosters and school fund-raisers - to purchase turf made by the Motz Group of Cincinnati.

The surface is similar to that made by FieldTurf, which installed a field at Highlands High School last year and will put in a field and track at Beechwood High School this summer.

The Motz Group's turf has been installed locally at Mariemont High School, and is being installed at St. Xavier High School in Finneytown.

"This all began when there was the possibility of our baseball field being lowered due to the construction of the new school building," said Covington Catholic Athletic Director Mike Guidugli.

"Our soccer and football players use the baseball outfield to practice, and they would have lost that space."

Guidugli said he found about 20 companies that make similar turf, but going with a local company and being able to see the turf at Mariemont were obvious advantages.

William Croyle

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