Powell High School soccer field vandalized

Powell High School soccer field vandalized

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Players and coaches of the Powell High School soccer team are trying to figure out who vandalized their practice field. One of the coaches of the team discovered the vandalism Monday morning before practice. Players and coaches of the Powell High School soccer team are trying to figure out who vandalized their practice field. One of the coaches of the team discovered the vandalism Monday morning before practice.
"You can tell that they went out there multiple times and so it's not like they just drove out once. They drove out there, spun around, came back, did it again," said Chris Thorson, assistant soccer coach. "You can tell that they went out there multiple times and so it's not like they just drove out once. They drove out there, spun around, came back, did it again," said Chris Thorson, assistant soccer coach.
Tire tracks are now in the middle of Powell High School's field, making it no longer safe to use. Tire tracks are now in the middle of Powell High School's field, making it no longer safe to use.
Soccer players like Katelyn Gibbs saw the news on Twitter. She isn't too happy about what she sees. Soccer players like Katelyn Gibbs saw the news on Twitter. She isn't too happy about what she sees.
By CAMERON TAYLOR
6 News Reporter


POWELL (WATE) - Players and coaches of the Powell High School soccer team are trying to figure out who vandalized their practice field. One of the coaches of the team discovered the vandalism Monday morning before practice.  

The girls soccer season begins in less than two weeks. The players told 6 News when they saw the damage for themselves, it was both discouraging and frustrating. They're now hoping to get some answers soon.  

"You can tell that they went out there multiple times and so it's not like they just drove out once. They drove out there, spun around, came back, did it again," said Chris Thorson, assistant soccer coach. 

Thorson was planning to mow the grass on the game field Monday morning when he noticed something was wrong with the practice field. Tire tracks are now in the middle of Powell High School's field, making it no longer safe to use. 


"I'd say it's a duly truck that's been out there. I just say that because you can kind of see the tire tracks and you can see the gap of grass that's between the two tires," said Thorson. 

Soccer players like Katelyn Gibbs saw the news on Twitter. She isn't too happy about what she sees. 

"Right before a season when we need the field the most, when we're going to be out here the most, it's ruined," said Gibbs.  

Both players and coaches told 6 News they're upset over their practice field being vandalized because they maintain it themselves through fundraisers they have planned throughout the year.

Typically the field costs about $4,000 a year to maintain. Coach Thorson isn't sure how much the damage will set the team back, but believes it could take some time to fix. 


"Would I love to have it done next week? Sure, but I don't think that's going to happen, which means it's just going to have to be us and everybody else practicing up on the game field," said Thorson. 

The team was planning on using their fundraising efforts for something else besides maintenance and repairs, but that might have to wait. 


"We wanted to put a fence around here, so stuff like this wouldn't happen, but now we just have to backtrack and start over again," said Gibbs.  

Powell High School administrators have not filed a police report about this incident yet. They are waiting to review security camera footage before determining if they will file a report.

The team has already planned two fundraising events to help with the field's maintenance, b
ut now they say those funds will have to go to repairs.

They will be having a car wash on August 16 at Powell High School from 8 a.m. to noon. There will be a pancake breakfast at Aubrey's in Powell from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on August 23.
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