This Saints made their ninth trip to the National championship game to defeat LeMoyne College 9-6. It was their second consecutive title and fourth overall. [Read more…]
(SPANAWAY, Washington) – The Art Crate Stadium in the Bethel School District is about to replace their well-kept 11 year old turf field with a new Shaw Sports Turf field.
In 2004 the Bethel School District installed a Shaw Sports Turf field for the schools and other groups in the community. The county and state funded the first field in 2004, but the district has set aside money each year since 2004 in order to purchase the replacement field when needed. [Read more…]
(DALTON, Georgia) – On Friday, the Dalton High School Catamounts soccer team won their third consecutive Georgia state title with a little help from Shaw Sports Turf.
The team, which is the nation’s top-ranked high school team by MaxPreps and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, has amassed a record of 64-0-1 over the past three years. They have outscored their opponents 367-31 during that period, with 41 shutouts.
This year, the Cats were 20-0 and outscored their five postseason opponents 32-0.
That amazing record came with a lot of talent and a lot of hard work on the practice field.
“I can’t imagine soccer season without a turf field,” said Matt Cheaves, Head Coach. “Our Shaw Sports Turf field has made a huge difference.”
While the Catamounts play their home games on a city-owned grass field, they practice at the high school, which has a synthetic turf field.
The team frequently plays teams that play on synthetic turf, so it helps to practice on turf.
“I like practicing on the Shaw Sports Turf field and I even like the football lines on the field,” said Cheaves. “It helps us set up distances and spaces. Turf is faster and truer, so as it relates to player skills, turf tells the truth.”
Cheaves also said the team utilizes the field for practice as a result of inclement weather.
“With all the rain and snow we had earlier this year, we would have had a hard time getting our season going if it weren’t for the field,” said Cheaves.
The field features Shaw Sports Turf’s PowerBlade Bolt system. Bolt is a stronger, more resilient monofilament fiber, featuring a lightning bolt shape which creates a stronger vertical axis that causes fibers to stand upright for less breakdown and increased durability. Bolt is specifically built for performance and to reflect light for a lower luster and more natural looking field.
“Our PowerBlade Bolt system is the perfect match for the speed and amazing skill of the Dalton High soccer team,” said Jim Watts, Territory Manager with Shaw Sports Turf. “We are proud that it has proven to be such a great resource for such a great team.”
The Catamounts lose six seniors who haven’t lost a game in three years. However, it’s been said that the Dalton JV team may very well be the second best team in the nation. So, with a lot of practice and dedication on the school’s Shaw Sports Turf field, look for a fourth consecutive state championship in 2016.
By: Todd Britton
Removal of the old surface is set to begin this week and installation is expected to be completed by mid-June. The turf for the first and only artificial field Purple Knight teams have ever called home, which was installed in 2005, will be replaced with a more modern synthetic surface.
“We look forward to upgrading Duffy Field.” said Director of Athletics Geri Knortz. “The new, modern Shaw Sports Turf surface will simultaneously make the facility perfect for field hockey, lacrosse and soccer for the first time, and we are excited to provide this upgrade to our student-athletes and coaches.”
Duffy Field is home to the Saint Michael’s field hockey, men’s and women’s lacrosse, and men’s and women’s soccer teams.
Saint Michael’s College has 2,050 undergraduate students. The athletic department fields 21 varsity teams, with 25% of the student body participating. The athletic department has a graduation rate of nearly 100%.
Saint Michael’s will join institutions such as Vanderbilt University and Providence College by installing Shaw Sports Turf’s Legion 46 system, with the college becoming the first among 15 institutions in the Northeast-10 Conference to install the Legion system.
Nearby Norwich University also uses the surface. Legion’s dual-fiber technology combines slit film and monofilament fibers, making it not only an ideal playing surface, but durable and aesthetically pleasing. Shaw touts the surface, which features three shades of green, as being intended to produce a true grass-like appearance. New logos will also adorn the field.
Shaw has installed more than 100 Legion fields across the country, with 16 in the New England states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont alone.
Initial construction of Duffy Field was performed during the summer of 2005, and was made possible due to a generous lead gift by John and Kathleen Duffy, parents of Kevin Duffy ’03, a four-year member of the men’s lacrosse team. The gift was made in memory of Kevin’s older brother, Christopher, who died during the September 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center in New York City. John Duffy has been a member of the Saint Michael’s Board of Trustees.
“Being a part of this project is an honor,” said Joe Kacevich, Shaw Sports Turf Territory Manager. “The new Legion surface on Duffy Field will provide the best in aesthetics, durability, availability, performance, and safety.”
By: Todd Britton
The new field, in addition to being the home of the men’s and women’s soccer teams, will serve as the primary campus recreation playing surface and accommodate a number of intramurals sports and summer camps.
“Our institution can best be described as landlocked,” said Bob Burchard, Director of Athletics. “When our field was grass, we had to be very careful about usage. With the Shaw Sports Turf field, our objective has been to go from a ‘keep off the grass’ mentality to a ‘please come’ mentality.” [Read more…]
(EMERSON, Georgia) – Yesterday, former Atlanta Braves star and Hall-of-Famer John Smoltz visited LakePoint Sporting Community and spent the day on the Shaw Sports Turf fields at Perfect Game South. There will be more to come on his visit, but here’s a little video preview of what he had to say about the TruHop turf pitching mounds.
(CONWAY, South Carolina) – In a move to enhance their campus-wide identity, Coastal Carolina installed an all-new teal playing surface at Brooks Stadium. The recently finished project made national news and was installed by Medallion Athletics of Mooresville, NC. The turf was manufactured by Shaw Sports Turf.
Check out this great time lapse video of the installation.
(Calhoun, Georgia) – Shaw Sports Turf has announced the addition of Cassie Cochran as Brand Manager for the synthetic turf manufacturer.
Cochran is a lifelong resident of Dalton, Georgia, where Shaw Industries is located. Her parents, Danny and Angie, have been with Shaw Industries for over 30 years.
She is a former volleyball player and team captain at Dalton State College, where she is a graduate with a BBA in Marketing. For the past year-and-a-half, Cochran has worked as a Project Analyst in Corporate Sales Administration at Shaw Industries. [Read more…]
Shaw Sports Turf is extremely proud to be a subsidiary of Shaw Industries. Today, Shaw Industries was ranked #8 on Forbes’ list of America’s Best Employers for 2015. Below is a link to the full list and the text of the press release can be found below.
Dalton, GA – March 25, 2015 – Shaw Industries has been ranked No. 8 out of 500 companies named to Forbes’ list of America’s Best Employers 2015. The company is the highest rated manufacturing employer and the only ranked company within the floorcovering industry. [Read more…]