Ground breaks on Fitch athletic complex

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Austintown schools broke ground on the athletic complex project on Nov. 8. The project will place new turf on the football field, put turf for the first time on the baseball field and create a brand new turf field that will be used for multiple purposes, such as soccer and band practice. Pictured are, from left, superintendent Vincent Colaluca, Harold Porter, David Richie, Lewis VanHoose, Alex Benyo, Kathy Mock and treasurer A.J. Ginetti.


Neighbors | Zack Shively.The athletic complex project at Austintown schools will give the school a turf baseball field, the first turf baseball field in the Mahoning Valley. Pictured, the high school baseball team stood with the group that broke ground on the athletic complex.


Neighbors | Zack Shively.Austintown Schools will work with SCG Fields and their partner Act Global to create the athletic complex. SCG Fields has worked on high school, college and professional sports fields. The project is planned to reach completion by April 1, 2018.


Austintown Fitch High School broke ground on Nov. 8 for the new athletic complex project.

The project will create a turf multipurpose field behind the football field and next to the baseball field, as well as put turf on the football field and baseball fields.

The football field already has turf on it, but the school needs to update it, said athletic director Lewis VanHoose. He said that they originally put turf on the field 11 years ago and turf fields need replaced every 8-10 years.

The project will be done by SCG Fields and their partners Act Global. SCG Fields have constructed the turf fields for many high schools as well as colleges, such as Ohio University and Ohio State University, and major sports teams, such as the Cleveland Browns and the New York Yankees.

Paul Franks of SCG Fields said the company will work through the winter to have the project completed by April 1, just in time for the school’s baseball team to begin playing on the field.

The baseball field will be the first turf baseball field in the Mahoning Valley. This will allow the team to play through most of the elements this season, as they will not have to worry about puddles and mud on the field. The baseball field, as with the multipurpose field and football field, will have a drainage system to remove rainwater from the field.

The multipurpose field will allow the school’s soccer team have an area to play and practice. The football team and band will also occasionally practice on the field. VanHoose said the field would also be used by the middle school physical education classes and sports teams.

Superintendent Vincent Colaluca thanked the township and board members for their support on the field. VanHoose thanked the board for moving forward with the idea to update their athletic fields, which they originally brought to the board in June.

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