STARKVILLE HIGH PLAYS IN LITTLE EGG BOWL ON SHAW SPORTS TURF FIELD

Starkville High plays in their Yellow Jacket Stadium tonight vs. Oxford High on Shaw Sports Turf field, airing on ESPNU

Starkville High plays in their Yellow Jacket Stadium tonight vs. Oxford High on Shaw Sports Turf field, airing on ESPNU

(STARKVILLE, Mississippi) – Starkville High School competes in the Little Egg Bowl tonight at Yellow Jacket Stadium on a premier Shaw Sports Turf field.

The field is basically brand new. It was installed last year with Shaw Sports Turf as the manufacturer, Thomas Shelton Jones & Associates as the architect, and Clear River Construction in Flowood as the general contractor.

The game will be against Oxford High School at 8 p.m. on ESPNU. [Read more…]

PINE LAKE PREPARATORY SELECTS SHAW SPORTS TURF FOR THEIR GRAY FIELD

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(MOORESVILLE, North Carolina) – Pine Lake Preparatory finally has their very own home field to practice and play games on.

Shaw Sports Turf was the manufacturer and provider of the unique gray and navy synthetic turf field. Medallion Athletics of Mooresville has handled the installation of the field.

Pine Lake Preparatory is a K-12 public charter school that was established in 2006. The current enrollment exceeds 1,700 students.

In the 2012-2013 school year the high school teams captured six conference championships, participated in five different NCHSAA state playoffs and won their first-ever individual swimming and tennis State Championships.

The middle school teams followed suit and assured Pine Lake a bright future; earning the right to play in eight conference championships and winning five.

The athletic teams have not had their own field to practice and play on since the establishment of the school. [Read more…]

LOOMIS CHAFFEE GAINS CONSISTENCY WITH NEW SHAW SPORTS TURF FIELD

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(WINDSOR, Connecticut) – The Loomis Chaffee School will now gain more performance consistency with their brand new Shaw Sports Turf field hockey and lacrosse field.

Loomis is a private boarding school of about 680 students.

The campus, which is also known as the “Island”, has borders on two sides of its 300+ acre campus by the Farmington and Connecticut rivers. Each spring the flood waters rise and cover approximately half of the campus (mostly athletic playing fields).

The center of the campus is on high enough ground that stay well above the 100-year flood water levels. The annual flood waters remain for anywhere from two days to three weeks each spring, sending dozens of athletic teams to smaller patches of dry space to begin their spring preseason endeavors.

The newly installed Shaw Sports Turf field is safely located in one of these dry spaces. [Read more…]

MSSU IS READY FOR KICK-OFF ON THEIR BRAND NEW SHAW SPORTS TURF FIELD

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The green and yellow MSSU Lions football field during installation just days before the first football practice.

(JOPLIN, Missouri)- Missouri Southern State University has completed installation of its brand new synthetic turf field. Shaw Sports Turf was the chosen turf manufacturer and provider.

The Lions are currently practicing on and counting down the days to kick-off on the Shaw Sports Turf field.

MSSU was founded in 1937 and has a current average enrollment of 5,600 students and more than 350 student-athletes

The university is within minutes of the Oklahoma, Kansas, and Arkansas borders. Historic Route 66 runs through the city, with the major metropolitan areas of Kansas City, Springfield, St. Louis and Tulsa just a few hours from the city limits.

The athletic teams at MSSU participate in NCAA Division II and compete in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA).

Synthetic turf fields are nothing new to the Lions.  Fred G. Hughes Stadium was the first collegiate stadium in the state of Missouri to install an artificial playing surface when it opened in 1975.  [Read more…]

HOUSTON HIGH TO CONTINUE WINNING LEGACY WITH SHAW SPORTS TURF

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Houston High Mustangs are ready to achieve more on their brand new Shaw Sports Turf field this school year.

(GERMANTOWN, Tennessee) – Houston High and Shaw Sports Turf are proud to announce that the first-ever synthetic turf field for the Houston High Mustangs is complete and ready for the school year.

Houston High School was established in 1989 and is located in the Shelby County suburban community of Germantown. It is the only high school in the Germantown Municipal School District. The district consists of 43,000 residents, and 1,890 of those residents attend Houston High.

Newsweek Magazine listed Houston High School as one of the “Best High Schools in America” in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.

Houston won The Commercial Appeal’s Best of the Preps award in 1996, a prestigious award for given to the most successful high school athletic department in Memphis and west Tennessee. Then in 1998, they began their current streak of 17 consecutive years (1998-2015) as the recipient of that award.

They have won 31 State Championships since opening in 1989, and last year 15 of the school’s 17 varsity sports went to the State Championship Tournament. That was more than any public school in the state. [Read more…]

CANNON SCHOOL ATHLETICS PARTNERS WITH SHAW SPORTS TURF

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(CONCORD, North Carolina) – Cannon School has installed their first synthetic turf field and selected Shaw Sports Turf as the manufacturer and provider.

Cannon School, established in 1969, is a private independent junior kindergarten through 12th grade college-preparatory institution. It attracts more than 950 students from Concord, Davidson, Cornelius, Huntersville, Mooresville, Charlotte, the University City area, Kannapolis, and Salisbury. Cannon School seeks to prepare students for a world that promises to be unpredictable.

However, the Cannon School athletic department does not want playing fields that are unpredictable. [Read more…]

JOHN SMOLTZ DISCUSSES IMPACT OF SHAW SPORTS TURF

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John Smoltz works with the Shaw Sports Turf R&D team on testing at LakePoint

(CALHOUN, Georgia) – Baseball’s newest Hall of Famer, John Smoltz, has worked with Shaw Sports Turf to develop the TruHop synthetic turf system for baseball.

Smoltz worked with the Shaw Sports Turf R&D department to develop the system, which can custom designed to meet the performance specifications of the customer. [Read more…]

MCKENDREE BEARCATS ARE READY TO PLAY ON THEIR SHAW SPORTS TURF FIELD

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(LEBANON, Illinois) – The installation of the Shaw Sports Turf field at McKendree University’s Leemon Field is now complete.

McKendree University was Illinois’ first institution of higher education, founded in 1828. The university has received extensive national recognition throughout the years such as, “College of Distinction” and “Best Colleges”. The current average enrollment at McKendree is 3,100 students.

There are 23 intercollegiate sports teams that represent the Bearcats. Football, men and women’s soccer, and women’s lacrosse will be utilizing the new Shaw Sports Turf field.

The McKendree football team has won seven Mid-States Football Association-Midwest League championships since playing at Leemon Field in 1996. The Bearcats have a record of 59-16 at Leemon Field and have won over 78 %of their games at home.

The McKendree men’s soccer team won three American Midwest Conference regular season championships since the program began playing at Leemon Field in 2005. The men’s soccer team is 43-12-8 at Leemon Field for a win percentage of 74.6%on its home turf.

The McKendree women’s soccer team won six of its 10 AMC regular season championships while playing at Leemon Field. Since 2005, the Bearcats have won over 86% of their home contests. [Read more…]

SHAW SPORTS TURF PARTNER JOHN SMOLTZ INDUCTED INTO BASEBALL HALL OF FAME

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(COOPERSTOWN, New York) – Shaw Sports Turf partner and former Atlanta Braves pitcher, John Smoltz, was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday.

Smoltz, best known as part of a dominating pitching rotation which included fellow Hall-of-Famers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, had a career which lasted from 1988-2009.  During his time in the Major Leagues, he played primarily for the Braves, but also had stints with the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals.

Smoltz amassed a record of 213-155, with 154 saves and 3.085 strikeouts.  He was an eight-time All-Star and won the National League Cy Young award in 1996, with a record of 24=8.  In 1995, Smoltz won a World Series with the Braves.  His number, 29, is retired with the Braves.

During his induction on Sunday, mentioned four important points in his career.  Those four included his being drafted by the Detroit Tigers, his trade to the Atlanta Braves, a phone call he received from Tommy John, when at 34, Smoltz had had Tommy John surgery and need encouragement, and the phone call he received on January 6th of this year, telling him he’d been selected for the Hall of Fame.

Regarding his success, Smoltz said, “I’m not afraid to fail.”

He also thanked many of the people who helped him as a baseball player and as a person.  Smoltz also took time to encourage parents and young players to make the game fun and not focus so much on competition.  He cited the fact that too many young players burn out too early and suffer injuries that shouldn’t be suffered by kids.

As part of his focus on young athletes and the game of baseball, Smoltz worked closely with the R&D team at Shaw Sports Turf to develop the TruHop baseball system.

“Baseball is a purist’s game,” said Smoltz.  “That’s why it’s so important for synthetic turf fields to look and play like natural grass fields.  That’s why I worked with the R&D team at Shaw Sports Turf to develop the TruHop system.”

Smoltz likened the TruHop system to a five-tool player in baseball.  A five-tool player is one who can field, throw, run, hit for average, and hit for power.

In synthetic turf, a five-tool player is a field that has great aesthetics, is always available, provides performance and durability, allows reduced maintenance, and is safe.

The TruHop system can be custom-designed for each individual client in order to accommodate desired performance characteristics.

“We’re proud of our association with John Smoltz,” said Chuck McClurg, Vice President of Sales at Shaw Sports Turf.  “He is very deserving of his induction into the Hall of Fame.  He brings the same focus and work ethic he had as a pitcher to his work with us in developing the best synthetic turf system for baseball.”

By:  Todd Britton