December 2017

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Category of Submission: Schools/Parks Sporting Grounds Sports Turf Manager: Marc C. Moran, CSFM Title: Agricultural/Horticulture Teacher Education: BS Agricultural Education Experience: I began working with the school's practice fi eld in 2000 as part of a landscape class project in Lawn and Turf Care. I was then asked by my Athletic Boosters and Sports Administration to take over the Management of the Sports Turf Facilities in the fall of 2001. In 2002, I worked with other horticulture teachers in the county to develop a county based Turf Science curriculum, that curriculum was adopted by the Virginia Department of Education as a state based curriculum. In 2002, Atlee High School became the fi rst high school in Virginia to teach Turf Science as a recognized course. Given the available access to sports fi elds, we adopted them as our "land laboratory." It has been a great partnership since the program began. Since starting the program, I have been heavily involved in the Virginia STMA Chapter and the National STMA where I have served on several committees. Full-time staff: Chad Meyers, Hailey Humphreys, Kevin Dunne, Corbin Wiles, Chris Green, Tyler Rigsby, Casey Farrar, Robbie Adelstein, Jason Brooks, Glen Carter, Brandon Doherty, Andrew Frowert, Garrett Faber, Hunter Fusco, Jack Harmon, Seth Haynes, David Keys, Sean Linder, Jack Mccain, Hayden Moore, Preston Tribble, Austin Zicafoose Volunteer: David Balderson Original construction: 1991 Rootzone: Native soil, sandy loam Turfgrass variety: Our fi eld was initially sprigged with Vamont Bermuda in 1991. In the last few years, we have been doing early summer sprigging or sodding of Patriot Bermudagrass in wear areas left by soccer and lacrosse. Overseed: We manage an aggressive perennial rye/dormant Bermuda overseeding program. In mid to late September, we overseed with Brigadier perennial ryegrass seed. We overseed at a rate of 10 lbs/1000 sq. ft. during the initial overseeding. We also follow up with a late-season overseeding of 2 lbs/1000 sq. ft. All seeding applications are done with walk-behind broadcast spreaders. We transition our ryegrass out in late spring with an application of Revolver herbicide. If needed, we follow up with a second application. Drainage: We employ a surface drainage system. Our fi eld has a slight crown that drains water from the center to the sidelines. Water that is not absorbed is collected by two large storm drains on each sideline. RAIDERS STADIUM-LACROSSE, ATLEE HIGH SCHOOL MECHANICSVILLE, VA The Field of the Year Awards program is made possible by the support of sponsors Barenbrug USA, Carolina Green Corp., Ewing, Hunter Industries, and World Class Athletic Services. www.spor 44 // December 2017

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