CHS thankful for Coshocton Trucking, Jeff Drennen

| June 23, 2016
File Photo | Beacon

File Photo | Beacon

COSHOCTON – The prep work is done and Coshocton High School’s Stewart Field will soon be ready for its new artificial turf.

“I have to thank Coshocton Trucking and Dusty Woodie and his crew,” said Tim Fortney, athletic director at CHS. “They were a flagship sponsor for the project and were especially helpful in the initial process of getting the topsoil out of there and delivering the stone we needed. Jeff Drennen also was a flagship sponsor and without both of them this project most likely would not be happening for the 2016 football season.”

Fortney said they are about 20 days into the process and the grass field is now completely gone and the base for the artificial turf is ready.

File Photo | Beacon

File Photo | Beacon

Coshocton High School will be partnering with ProGrass, which is centrally located in Pittsburgh, Pa., to install the turf and they expect to have everything done by the first or second week of August.

According to Fortney the entire project will cost close to $500,000, but it is being funded by private donations that the Coshocton Unified Boosters worked hard to raise.

“Phase one of this project is costing the school nothing,” he said. “We might have to move a fence or fix a sidewalk, but everything else is 100 percent funded through private donations and that is awesome. Coshocton Trucking, Dusty Woodie and Jeff Drennen really helped with that. They probably funded 25 percent of the project. They really gave us the boost we needed.”

The artificial turf will allow CHS to have a multipurpose facility for soccer, football and band and the opportunity to host post-season games.

File Photo | Beacon

File Photo | Beacon

“We will be able to showcase our own premier facility,” Fortney said.

He noted that they plan to thank the donors for their generosity in as many ways as they can and plan to make future updates at the field.

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