High School Sports Zone February 29

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DYNASTY: THS girls wrest another 5A title
PORTLAND – The Thurston Colts girls wrestling team is back on top after winning the Class 6A/5A Wrestling State Championship at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland last weekend. The…
DYNASTY: THS girls wrest another 5A title
PORTLAND – The Thurston Colts girls wrestling team is back on top after winning the Class 6A/5A Wrestling State Championship at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland last weekend. The…
Creswell girls’ defense drives playoff run
CRESWELL – After losing their first battle against Coquille to open the season, the Creswell Bulldogs girls avenged that loss Saturday night, winning 61-41 to advance to the quarterfinals of…
Creswell girls’ defense drives playoff run
CRESWELL – After losing their first battle against Coquille to open the season, the Creswell Bulldogs girls avenged that loss Saturday night, winning 61-41 to advance to the quarterfinals of…
Colts’ boys finish second; Annis earns individual title
PORTLAND – While the Thurston Colts girls were securing a state title, the boys team earned its second-straight Class 5A silver trophy, finishing second with 202 points compared to Dallas’…
Colts’ boys finish second; Annis earns individual title
PORTLAND – While the Thurston Colts girls were securing a state title, the boys team earned its second-straight Class 5A silver trophy, finishing second with 202 points compared to Dallas’…
HSSZ Capsules: Week of Feb. 29
THE MAIN EVENT: GIRLS STATE BASKETBALL No. 10 Central (15-9) at No. 5 SPRINGFIELD MILLERS (17-8)тЦа Tipping off: The Millers begin their title defense this week as the Class 5A…
HSSZ Capsules: Week of Feb. 29
THE MAIN EVENT: GIRLS STATE BASKETBALL No. 10 Central (15-9) at No. 5 SPRINGFIELD MILLERS (17-8)тЦа Tipping off: The Millers begin their title defense this week as the Class 5A…
Photos: Thurston wrestling competes at state championship

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Greener pastures? Millers, Colts will install turf football fields for 2024-25

By Pierre Weil / [email protected]

BOBBY STEVENS / ARCHIVE PHOTO. Springfield’s Silke Field, along with Thurston’s football field, will make the switch to turf fields for the 2024 football season.

The Springfield Board of Education approved money to convert the football fields at Springfield and Thurston high schools to artificial turf at its Feb. 12 meeting. Both schools requested the turf fields due to the deterioration of the grass fields during football season.

In the 2022 playoffs, Thurston beat West Albany 13-12 in a game at Thurston that head coach Justin Starck said were some of the worst field conditions he’d seen in his coaching career. The Colts played their 2022 quarterfinal game at Cottage Grove and their first-round game in 2023 at Willamette – both turf fields. Springfield also struggled with mud and rain in its first-round loss to Lebanon at Silke Field in 2023.

Springfield Public Schools is working with Beynon Sports to build the fields, with each field costing approximately $1.7 million. Work is expected to start in the spring with completion scheduled in time for the 2024-25 fall sports season. 

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