Glen Lake Debuts New Turf Field

MAPLE CITY – A project eight years in the making comes to fruition Friday, when Glen Lake hosts rival Traverse City St. Francis on its new turf field.

Glen Lake joins Petoskey, Clare and the Traverse City and Mt. Pleasant schools as programs with a turf field.

“Playing on a level surface, and a safe surface, and being able to break it in, I think that’s the biggest thing with what this field is all about,” coach Jerry Angers said. “It’s a community field, all the sports are going to benefit from it, but you know, we get to break it in. I think it’s one of the biggest things, again we go back for it, it’s a facility, it’s an area that somebody can use at all times. It’s just going to be a neat thing for the whole community to watch everybody on this.”

After years of battling poor field conditions, the move to field turf is a welcome change.

“I think a lot of it had to do with last year, because we had such a bad field last year that it was kind of embarrassing to play here,” senior Ryan Landers said. “It’s going to be nice to have it and it’s going to make us work harder.

“It really shows us that our school is going to be behind us. That if they are willing to get us a turf field that we’re going to put in the work to prove that it was worth it.”

As for Friday’s opponent, St. Francis is coming off its 500th program win with a victory over Marquette last week and has won five straight in the series with Glen Lake, including an eight-point win a year ago.

“St. Francis of course is a big rivalry for us, and you know, they’re very athletic,” Angers said. “Josh Sellers is one of the greatest coaches in Michigan. He always does a great job with they’re blocking schemes, they always do a great job with they’re running backs. They loosen you up, or get you in tight, then they throw the ball well. It’s become a rivalry, even though we’ve only won one over the last couple years, but it’s still been a game that we look forward to every year. It’s marked on our calendar.”

Kickoff on Friday is set for 7 p.m.

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