CHS gets kick out of new athletic field

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DUVALL - Cedarcrest High School senior Robby Westermann has many fond memories of playing football games at Tolt Middle School in Carnation.

"At night when you would walk toward the field, all you could see were the lights because it was back in the woods," he said. "It was great to go back there."

There are other, not-so-found memories, however, of the mud pit the field would turn into after it rained, which it frequently does during the fall sports season. Cedarcrest has a practice field, but games were always played at Tolt Middle School since it was the lone school where parents and students could come and watch.

"It would be great the first two games or so of the season," said Cedarcrest football head coach Eric Hanson. "But when it was wet, we would just destroy it."

It was with those memories in mind - and the fact that Cedarcrest was the only KingCo 3A school not to have its own field - that supporters of the school's sports teams lobbied for a bond levy to build a new sports facility.

The school district tried and failed five times to pass a bond levy that would fund an athletic field for the high school that was built in 1993.

But in May 2001, after a campaign that involved students, teachers and parents, voters passed a $5.75 million bond levy that included $3.29 million for a new sports complex at the high school.

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