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BY Cassie Cochran



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.

High school and middle school football, boys and girls soccer, and potentially lacrosse in the future will be utilizing the first-ever Shaw Sports Turf home field for Pine Lake.

“This field means everything to our athletic program,” says Pine Lake Head of School, Chris Terrill. “It is our first field to call our home and it will make the students feel special playing on a Shaw Sports Turf field like NFL and college teams. The gray and navy turf makes our field stand out and shows our Pine Lake pride.” Shaw Sports Turf was selected as the manufacturer of the gray and navy field because of Medallion Athletics’ confidence in Shaw Sports Turf’s ability to provide Pine Lake with exactly what they were wanting.

The Pine Lake gray field is the second unique-colored field that Medallion has partnered with Shaw Sports Turf this year. The first of which was the bright teal turf field in the TD Sports Complex at Coastal Carolina University.

The home for Chanticleer football and women’s lacrosse amidst the TD Sports Complex has a new and unique-looking Shaw Sports Turf playing surface featuring the first “Teal Green Turf” field in the nation.

“Pine Lake is one of the most progressive and successful charter schools in the state,” said Todd Penley from Medallion Athletics. “With an extremely aggressive construction schedule on their new athletic venue, it made perfect sense to choose synthetic turf. With so many other positive reference installations of Shaw’s Legion system in the Carolina’s, Pine Lake staff knew exactly what they wanted. The uniqueness of the gray turf will serve as a huge branding tool and will be the focal point of their multi-sport complex.”

The community and students are thrilled about their first-ever and brand new Shaw Sports Turf unique gray and navy field.

The parents of Pine Lake students gave graciously to fund the project, showing their commitment to the school and students.

The first game to be played on the Shaw Sports Turf field will be on September 4th.

“This was a great project for us,” said Shaw Sports Turf Territory Manager, Andrew Barksdale. “The field will be the cornerstone facility in the new athletic complex at Pine Lake Prep. The color will certainly be a conversation starter!”  

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