It’s been almost two months (March 20 Battleline) since I posed the question, “Is turf for everyone?”

We now have our answer.

It’s a resounding YES!

We know about the Washington High School turf project and now have confirmation that all Four Rivers Conference schools, with the exception of Pacific, have turf fields in the works.

Union and Owensville will be moving forward with their projects this spring. St. James is waiting until after the 2013 football season concludes to start its project.

We even heard a rumor that New Haven was getting turf. Of course that’s not happening as New Haven has neither football nor soccer.

Other than Pacific, the nearest football schools without turf are Cuba and Wright City.

The turf projects will benefit football and soccer teams along with bands and physical education classes. Those which add the track project to the field set themselves up to host big meets.

Schools also can be looking to pick up additional revenue by renting those fields out.

As long as the drainage is done properly, you’re looking at the end of rainouts. On the other side, mud football games will become a thing of the past as well.

ALL athletic associations should be lauded for their work in helping to make these projects happen as well as the work they do to help schools maintain their sports programs..


Borgia grad Brendan Feldmann was the winning pitcher last weekend when MCC-Maple Woods defeated top-seeded Crowder College to win the NJCAA Division I Region 16 championship.

Reports indicate Feldmann pitched 6.1 innings to get the win.

Feldmann is returning this season for the defending state champion Washington Post 218 squad.

Speaking of Post 218, the Freshman team is hosting its annual tournament starting Friday. Post 218 has been placed into a pool along with De Soto and Creve Coeur.

Jordan Bierbaum is the manager this summer and the first two games will be Friday at 6 p.m. (De Soto) and Saturday at 4 p.m. (Creve Coeur). Semifinals and the consolation game are set for Sunday and the final round is next Tuesday.

Phillip Kleekamp’s Junior Legion team opens the following Friday with its annual Memorial Day Weekend Tournament and Mike Gardner’s Senior Legion team will open play Sunday, May 26, with a 1 p.m. home game against House Springs.

Post 218 is the defending state champion in both the Senior and Freshman divisions.