Vandals damage Bement football field | New

BEMENT – Bement almost couldn’t host his only football game of the season on April 9.

Vandals struck the night before, putting six holes in the playing surface, hammering nails all over the track and the aisle in an apparent effort to damage the tires, knocking over pots on the port side and spilling toilet paper all over the place. the property.

When school staff discovered the damage on the morning of the back-to-school football game, they knew they had a long day ahead of them.

My first thought was, “How are we going to have this ball game?” School principal Sheila Greenwood said.

The district has a sports cooperation agreement with neighboring Cerro Gordo, and most Cerro Gordo-Bement football matches are played in Cerro Gordo. But Bement gets at least one game every season to celebrate the homecoming.

So the staff got to work, filling in the holes, replacing the sod, even using magnets to make sure all nails were found.

We were very determined to have our comeback game here, ”said Greenwood.

Most of the work was done by maintenance staff David Guffy and John Karnes, as well as district athletic director Steve Cline.

The field was deemed playable around 2 p.m. A contractor later arrived to put the portable toilets back into service, and the edging cord that had been cut and woven through the spectator stands was replaced.

The sod that had been torn and thrown into the field was put back into the holes after they were filled with fresh soil.

Greenwood said there was about $ 1,000 in damage, but the cost would be higher as she believes the district will need to install security measures on the ground.

She added that the school was working with the Piatt County Sheriff’s Department to investigate the acts of vandalism.

The crowd enjoyed an exciting football game that night, with Argenta-Oreana outscoring CGB 34-30 in a contest that unfolded over time.

This is the second report of vandalism at Bement sports grounds in 2021. Greenwood said part of the fencing was cut at the baseball field earlier this year.

Find a success

Being able to host the game helped bring the Homecoming festivities to a close. Delayed from fall, there was no dancing due to COVID restrictions, but the annual parade took place on Friday afternoon and returning royalty was honored at halftime of the football competition.

The weather was great and we were able to organize all the events planned for the day, ”said Greenwood. “A big thank you to the staff and students for being flexible with the day’s events and to our student council sponsors, Jill Clodfelter and Stephanie Eccles, for all of their hard work.

Jessee Quick and Hailey Gadbury were crowned homecoming king and queen this year.

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