Springfielder
Find more about Weather in Springfield, NJ

Athletic Turf Field Officially Open; Bulldogs Defeat Crusaders

By on Sep 21 2013.
Share this post...
Email this to someoneShare on Facebook0Tweet about this on Twitter0Share on Google+0
Opening Ceremony Ribbon Cutting

Opening Ceremony Ribbon Cutting

Despite setbacks on the original scheduled date and a defeat at the season home opener, Friday’s events were hugely successful and celebratory.   Weather dampened the mood last week, but there was nary a cloud in sight on early Friday evening as students, school officials and township representatives took to the field for a picture perfect opening ceremony and ribbon cutting before a crowd of over 500 people.  Board of Education President Steve Wolcott emceed the program and introduced all the officials and representatives on hand.  Jonathan Dayton High School Principal Elizabeth Cresci, Township Administrator Anthony Cancro and Springfield Schools Superintendent Michael Davino delivered brief remarks.  In addition to the professionals who oversaw and managed the field construction, New Jersey Legislative District 21 representatives Senator Tom Kean, Jr. and Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz were also present.

Mr. Davino then called for members of the schools sports teams to hold up a ribbon with the words “Opening Ceremony” scrawled across.  As they cut the ribbon, the students cheered and the crowds erupted in applause.  A sense of joy and pride was in the air.  One resident remarked that this day was long overdue.  Another explained how she was not initially in support of the project but was very pleased with the outcome.  Committeeman Ziad Andrew Shehady, who has been targeted by opponents of the field and has been repeatedly attacked by Democrat Mayor David Amlen and Committeemembers David Barnett and Margaret Bandrowski for advancing the project felt vindicated, “They either didn’t want the field or felt it should have gone to a referendum.  Look at the faces of the parents and children in the crowd and see how large of a turnout we have.  That’s a clear referendum in support of this!”  The officials hurried to clear the field and the Jonathan Dayton High School band followed with the playing of the National Anthem.

Just after 7 p.m., the Bulldogs charged through the banner held by the cheerleaders and were quickly on their way to scoring the first touchdown of the game.  Except for a few times when the Bound Brook Crusaders caught up to tie the game, the Bulldogs maintained their motivation, even though they were penalized for excessive celebration by the referees at one point.  The score was 35-21 at the half before the Jonathan Dayton High School Marching Band performed for the community.  For the rest of the game, the Bulldogs stayed in the lead and ultimately won the game with a final score of 55-28.

The next home game on the Springfield Athletic Turf Field will be Saturday, September 21 at 3:00 p.m. as the Bulldogs take on Summit High School in boys soccer.  The Bulldogs will play their next football game at home on Friday, October 11 at 7 p.m. against Belvidere.  The schedules have been listed on the Springfielder.com Community Calendar.



We are happy to publish your news releases, investigate tips and list your events on the Springfielder.com Community Calendar!  We would love to include your photos with our posts as well and we will make sure you are given credit as a contributor. Contact us.

Stay up-to-date on Springfield news by connecting with Springfielder.com on Facebook and Twitter.  Spread the word about Springfielder.com - you put the Springfield in Springfielder!

Share this post...
Email this to someoneShare on Facebook0Tweet about this on Twitter0Share on Google+0
Filed under Sports & Recreation.
Advertise With Us
Copyright © 2013 Springfielder. All Rights Reserved.