South Charleston Comes to Town as PHS Celebrates Homecoming Friday
Parkersburg High School plays its third Top Ten team in five outings on Friday night when South Charleston’s Black Eagles invade for the Big Reds’ homecoming.
The Black Eagles of coach Donnie Mays come to Stadium Field with a 4-1 record and looking to bounce back from a 65-20 loss to Capital which knocked South Charleston out of the top spot in the state ratings.
Earlier this season the Big Reds lost to Capital 56-20. Last year the Big Reds lost at South Charleston by a 21-19 margin as two missed extra points not only cost PHS a victory but a win which would have put the Big Reds in the post-season playoffs.
While South Charleston is coming off its first loss, PHS is coming off a bounce back 45-14 victory against long time Ohio River rival Marietta that evened the Big Reds’ record at 2-2.
South Charleston went into the Capital contest as the top scoring team in Class AAA after rolling over George Washington 56-14, St. Albans 56-8, Spring Valley 43-14 and Nitro 61-14. That means the Eagles are averaging 47.2 points per game while allowing 23 per game.
Quarterback Kentre Grier, who will be playing his third game against PHS and still just a junior, leads the Eagles with 1,304 yards passing (81 of 113), 18 touchdowns and just three interceptions. Against Capital he was 19 of 32 for 248 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Grier is also the team’s second-leading rusher with 482 yards on 56 carries with seven touchdowns.
A.D. Cunningham, a D-1 commit to Charlotte as a linebacker, did not play against PHS last year and was held to 40 yards rushing on 10 carries by Capital. But on the year the 6-foot, 210 pounder has 551 yards rushing on 62 attempts with six TDs. He has also caught 12 passes for 225 yards and three more scores.
Top receiver for South Charleston is Fred Crozier with 25 catches for 272 yards and four touchdowns. B.J. Moore has caught 20 for 267 yards and four scores. Rayquawn Raimo has caught nine passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns and Jacob Miller has caught nine for 221 yards and two scores.
PHS enters the game averaging 31.8 points per game but allowing 33.5. The Big Reds produce 184.8 yards rushing and 103.2 yards passing per game while allowing 233 yards on the ground and 115.5 in the air.
Corey Burdette leads the team with 252 yards rushing in three games played (scoring three times) while Dan Fox averages 9 yards per carry while gaining 171 yards.
Quarterback Josh Trembly has completed 17 of 43 passes for 362 yards and six touchdowns (one interception). He has also rushed for 124 yards and two scores.
Austin Life is the team’s leading receiver with seven catches for three touchdowns and a 25.3 yard per catch average.
Defensively, end Max Chefren has put up big numbers with 16 tackles for loss, four sacks, two fumble recoveries, a blocked kick and 35 stop. Chase Shank is second on the team with 30 tackles.
Spencer, Brooks To Enter PHS Grid Hall A young man whose life was ended far too early but who left an indelible impression on Big Red football fans and a man who spent 17 years taking care of the health and well-being of the Big Red football team are the latest inductees into the Parkersburg High School Football Hall of Fame.
Luke Spencer and Dr. Paul Brooks Jr. are the second group of honorees to join the Hall in 2014. They will be inducted prior to the South Charleston game on Friday.
Luke Spencer | Dr. Paul Brooks Jr.
Spencer earned himself a special place in PHS gridiron history in one half of play against arch-rival Parkersburg South.
As a senior the state champion 185 pound wrestler made first team Class AAA all-state as one of the hardest-hitting linebackers to ever wear the Red and White.
But on a cold October day in 1975 coach Buddy James turned loose Spencer on the offensive side of the ball after his team had played a dismal first half against the Patriots. The powerful Spencer ran for 129 yards on 21 carries and scored a touchdown to lead the Big Reds to a 14-6 victory over the Patriots (who went on to make the playoffs with the same 8-2 record that PHS compiled).
Current PHS assistant coach Dave Manzo scored the other touchdown in that game.
For the season Spencer led the Big Reds in tackles while finding time to rush for 554 yards on 115 carries and scored nine touchdowns. He
led a defense that turned in four shutouts and held four other teams to just one touchdown. The team lost to Charleston and Stonewall his senior year and only the top four teams advanced to the playoffs.
As a junior he played on a Big Red team which went 10-2 and lost in the state finals to Stonewall Jackson.
After winning the state wrestling championship his senior year he went on to Marshall University and was expected to become the starting linebacker for the Herd only to have his life taken away in a tragic automobile accident.
Dr. Paul Brooks Jr. grew in Sissonville but became a Big Red as the football team physician in 1972, a post he held until 1989.
After a brief football career as an Indian at Sissonville, Brooks did his pre-med work at Morris Harvey and West Virginia State before graduating from the West Virginia School of Medicine in 1966. He did his internship at Cabell-Huntington Hospital in 1966-67 before joining the Air Force Medical Corp for a three-year stint. He then opened a private practice in Parkersburg in 1969 and maintained that until 1990.
He was awarded the State High School Athletic Directors Association Distinguished Service Award in 1986 for outstanding work and dedication to athletics and the community in the state of West Virginia.
During his tenure of helping the coaching staff, PHS administration and many others he helped institute the certified high school athletic program. This effort was a big step in player safety during practice sessions.
“I thoroughly cherish my years serving as team physician for a great group of players, coaches, other medical staff and school administration,” said Brooks. “The personal rewards far outweigh any efforts by me. I thank all the participants in the program for giving me the opportunity to be a part of their lives.”
The 110th meeting of Parkersburg and Marietta ended the same way the last five games had ended, a Big Red victory, this time by a 45-14 score at Don Drumm Stadium.
In a game of big plays, the Big Reds had more than their share as they rolled up 386 yards rushing and added another 59 through the air for a total of 445 yards on just 51 plays.
Josh Trembly accounted for four touchdowns in the contest, two running, one returning a fumble and one passing. The senior signal caller had scoring runs of 23 and 27 yards, returned a fumble 66 yards and threw a 52 yard TD to Austin Life. He had another long TD pass to Life called back by a penalty.
The Big Reds had four players rush for between 68 and 120 yards with runs measuring between 24 and 62 yards each. Corey Burdette led the way with 120 yards on 18 carries and scored the game's first touchdown on a three yard run while Trembly rushed for 90 yards on 10 tries. Dan Fox added 88 on just seven carries and Chase Shank had 68 on two tries (one a 62 yard touchdown).
In the air Trembly was three of seven for 59 yards.
Marietta had 280 yards in total offense, 181 of it on the ground, but amassed most of those yards on two plays, a 67 yard run by Bernard Johnson (who finished with 120 yards on 16 carries) and the other a 58 yard pass from John Henry to Isaac Danford.
Marietta lost three fumbles and had one interception (another pickoff by PHS sophomore Easton Martin was canceled by a questionable interference penalty). The Tigers were also penalized seven times for 86 yards.
PHS suffered 90 yards on eight penalties but did convert three of five fourth down attempts compared to three of nine third down tries.
Defensively, Chase Shank had 10 tackles while Max Chefren had four tackles for loss, one fumble recovery and a blocked kick.
An interception by Fox less than two minutes into the game gave PHS the ball on its own 24 and it took just nine plays to cover that distance with Burdette reaching the end zone with 6:53 on the clock in the first quarter.
Marietta proceeded to run 13 plays but still had to punt from the PHS 35 after a Chefren tackle of the quarterback for a six yard loss.
The teams traded possesions until Marietta took over on its own 34 with 3:55 left in the half and Johnson proceeded to break away for a touchdown on the first play as he out-raced Big Red defenders with a show of breakaway speed. But Chefren blocked the extra point kick attempt and the Tigers still trailed 7-6.
The score didn't stay like that for long as Trembly and Life hooked up for a long bomb with 1:51 left in the half and Josh Roney converted one of his six extra points.
A sack by Tyler Greathouse caused Henry to fumble on his own 34 yard line just five plays later and Trembly picked the ball up on the run and ran it all the way to the end zone to make it 21-6 after the PAT.
The Big Reds started the second half by driving for a 27 yard field goal by Roney with 9:10 on the clock and got the ball back five plays later on a punt to midfield.
A 26 yard run by Burdette was followed by Trembly's 23 yard TD run to push the score to 31-6.
A Marietta fumble recovery on the PHS 42 set up Marietta's final score, a long pass to Danford, who got behind the secondary and raced in to complete the 58 yard play and make the score 31-14 with four minutes left in the third after the two-point conversion run.
The Big Reds answered that big play with one of their own as Shank shook off a tackle behind the line of scrimmage and wound up going 62 yards for six points just 21 seconds later to make the score 38-14.
The final touchdown of the game came with 7:02 on the clock and was set up by Nick Johnson's fumble recovery on the Parkersburg 45. Five running plays moved the ball to the 27 and that is when Trembly pulled off another "not-to-be-denied" run to the end zone to make it 45-14 and put Ohio's running clock mercy rule into effect.
Big Reds (2-2)...................... 7 .14 17 7 - 45
Tigers (2-3)........................... 0 .6 ...8 0 - 14
Qtr Time Scoring play
1st 06:53 PHS - Corey Burdette 3 yd run (Josh Roney kick), 9-76 3:15
2nd 03:43 MARIETTA - Bernard Johnson 67 yd run (Justin Hammonds kick blocked), 1-67 0:12
.......01:51 PHS - Austin Life 52 yd pass from Josh Trembly (Josh Roney kick), 4-66 1:49
.......00:24 PHS - Josh Trembly 66 yd fumble recovery (Josh Roney kick)
3rd 09:10 PHS - Josh Roney 27 yd field goal, 7-36 2:41
......06:38 PHS - Josh Trembly 23 yd run (Josh Roney kick), 2-49 0:38
......04:00 MARIETTA - Isaac Danford 58 yd pass from John Henry (Garrett Davis rush), 1-58 0:10
......03:39 PHS - Chase Shank 62 yd run (Josh Roney kick), 1-62 0:14
4th 07:02 PHS - Josh Trembly 27 yd run (Josh Roney kick), 6-45 3:18
FIRST DOWNS................... 19 .......17
RUSHES-YARDS (NET) .....44-386 39-181
PASSING YDS (NET) .........59 .......99
Passes Att-Comp-Int ............7-3-0 ..18-10-1
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS 51-445 57-280
Fumble Returns-Yards .........2-71 ...0-0
Punt Returns-Yards ..............2-11 ..1--9
Kickoff Returns-Yards .........3-32 ..6--17
Interception Returns-Yards.. 1-0 .....0-0
Punts (Number-Avg)............1-50.0 4-32.2
Fumbles-Lost....................... 3-1 ....4-3
Penalties-Yards.................... 8-90 ..7-86
Possession Time.................. 19:50 .25:28
Third-Down Conversions.... 3 of 9 2 of 11
Fourth-Down Conversions.. 3 of 5 2 of 3
Red-Zone Scores-Chances... 2-2 ....0-0
Sacks By: Number-Yards..... 2-12 ..0-0
Frosh Fall To Park Patriots 20-14
Parkersburg's freshman football team suffered its first defeat of the season Wednesday night, but did not go down without a fight as they dropped a 20-14 heart-breaker to undefeated (4-0) Wheeling Park.
Wheeling Park scored in each of the first three quarters while the PHS 9th graders got two long passes for their scores. Tyee Gibson went 70 yards in the first quarter and Nathaniel Steed hauled in a 62 yard scoring pass in the third quarter to account for the PHS points.
The Big Red frosh threatened two other times, moving to the Park seven yard line late in the second quarter only to run out of downs and with six minutes to play in the game the home team drove to the 16 yard line but again threw an incomplete pass on fourth down.
Outstanding on defense for PHS was Elijah Hearn, Steven Hickel, Steed and Gibson.
Freshman Football Wheeling Park (4-0) ........8 6 6 0 - 20 Parkersburg (1-1-1).........6 0 8 0 - 14
WP – Rennie Clark 10 run (John Nash run)
P – Tyee Gibson 70 pass from Seth Dailey (run failed)
WP – Logan Tucker 50 run (pass failed)
WP – Nash 2 run (pass failed) 1:26 3rd
P – Nathaniel Steed 62 pass from Dailey (Zion Atkinson run) 0:15 3rd Next Game – PHS hosts Bridgeport Thurdsay, Oct. 2, at 6 p.m.
Jayvees Win 3rd Straight Game
Holding Capital to minus 17 yards on the ground and only 96 yards and four first downs for the game, the PHS jayvees won their straight game game Monday night with a 13-0 victory over the visiting Cougars.
The Little Reds scored on the second play of the game on a 25 yard pass from Karson Snyder to Rylan Hamilton and tacked on an insurance touchdown on an 11 yard pass from Snyder to Easton Martin in the second period. However, that second TD wasn't really needed since Capital never threatened in the game, advancing only as far as the PHS 19 yard line one time.
A big kickoff return by Dakoda Sims set up the first score while the second came at the end of a seven-play, 61 yard drive that was highlighted by Snyder passes of 27 yards to Hamilton and 17 yards to Zach Blosser. Martin hauled in the TD pass when he out-leaped the defender in the back of the end zone with 2:06 left in the first half.
Snyder finished with 11 completions in 13 attempts for 194 yards and also ran for 54 yards on 14 attempts. He had five different targets as Hamilton caught three for 47 yards, Zach Blosser 3-49, Easton Martin 2-29, Sims 1-30 and Joel Carty 1-12.
Defensively, Issiah Gossett and Alex Lott had five tackles each while Davey McNemar had five. Gossett had a sack and a fumble recovery while Hamilton came up with an interception.
Junior Varsity Football Capital 0 0 0 0 - 0 Parkersburg (3-0) 7 6 0 0 - 13
P – Rylan Hamilton 25 pass from Karson Snyder (Chase Minnite kick), 9:05 1st
P – Easton Martin 11 pass from Snyder (kick failed) 2:06 2nd Team Statistics
First Downs - Capital 4, PHS 17
Rushes-Yardage – Capital 14-(minus 17), PHS 36-79
Passing Yardage – Capital 113, PHS 194
PC-PA-INT – Capital 8-17-1, PHS 11-14-0
Total Plays-Yards – Capital 31-96, PHS 50-273
Punts-Average – Capital 4-24.3, PHS 1-30
Fumbles-Lost – Capital 1-1, PHS 3-2
Penalties – Capital 6-67, PHS 0-0 Individual Leaders
Rushing – Capital: none with plus yardage; PHS: Karson Snyder 14-54, Rylan Hamilton 4-39, Jarrid Winters 7-24.
Passing – Capital: James Knox 8 of 17 for 113 yards (1 interception); PHS: Snyder 11 of 13 for 194 yards.
Receiving – Capital: Quaido McNabb 3-48, Dijon Stokes 2-36, Antwon Davis 2-22, Collin Pierce 1-7. PHS: Hamilton 3-47, Zach Blosser 3-49, Easton Martin 2-29, Dakoda Sims 1-30, Joel Carty 1-12.
Defense – PHS: Hamilton 3 tackles (1 interception), Issiah Gossett 6 tackles (1 FBR), Alex Lott 6 tackles, Davey McNemar 5 tackles. Next Game: PHS hosts Marietta on Sept. 29.
Lindamood, Davis, Elliott Enter PHS Football Hall of Fame on Friday
Matt Lindamood Earl “Jubie” Davis Jr. George Elliott
The first group of inductees into the 2014 class of the Parkersburg High School Football Hall of Fame includes three athletes with more honors than could fit in a book about their exploits.
There is the all-time record holder for all-time records at PHS, Matt Lindamood.
There is the first African-American first team all-stater in the history of PHS, Earl “Jubie” Davis.
And there is George Elliott, the captain and defensive leader of the Big Red team with the most impressive championship playoff run in history.
And there is even a link between all three. Lindamood’s uncle Mike was an all-stater and played on the same team with Davis while Matt’s father Mark was the center on the same championship team with Elliott. It should be quite a reunion of families at midfield when these three are honored.
The trio will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Friday, Sept. 12, prior to the home game with Cabell Midland.
A young man whose name appears in the PHS record book more than any other athlete, Matt Lindamood was a two-time all-state selection and lead his team to state championships in 2006 and 2007. During his three years as a starter, the Big Reds went 35-5 under coach Bernie Buttrey.
Twice the powerful, yet speedy runner scored five touchdowns in a game. He is the second-highest single season scorer with 232 points in 2007 (4 behind the all-time record of Josh Romeo). He is also the fifth all-time high scorer with 264 as a junior. His totals of 38 and 27 touchdowns as a senior and junior rank him second and fourth all-time. For his career he ranks number one with 412 points (68 TDs and 2 ep), a whopping 80 points ahead of the second highest total.
Lindamood ranks first in single season and career rushing yardage and has the second and third highest single-game rushing performances. He gained 4,211 yards during his career (256 yards ahead of 3-time 1,000 yard rusher John Richards), and had season totals of 2,473 (including 695 in four playoff games in 2007) and 1,551 (6th best mark ever). He gained 297 yards and 287 yards in separate games as a senior with the record being 299 yards by Ryan Holbert.
As a senior he was runner-up in the Kennedy Award voting and went on to become a starting fullback at West Virginia University before an injury in 2012. After two years of mission work in Los Angeles, Israel and Ecuador he turned to strength and conditioning and is currently a sports performance coach at TCBoost in Northbrook, IL.
When Sumner High School closed its doors in 1954, the talented black athletes enrolled at PHS but it was not until 15 years later that one was voted first team all-state in West Virginia and that athlete was Earl “Jubie” Davis Jr., one of eight siblings to walk the Big Red halls.
Davis helped PHS to a 7-2-1 record as a senior under Buddy James, losing to Charleston and Stonewall Jackson but tying Weir 8-8 thanks to eight points scored by Davis. There were other talented black athletes on the Big Reds that year, players like quarterback Mike Allen and speedy halfbacks Mike Carr and Frank Spriggs but it was Davis who caught everyone’s eye by catching seven touchdown passes and six two-point conversions while also returning a punt 48 yards for a score.
An outstanding athlete at an early age, Davis says one of his biggest thrills was being the only six year old to be picked on the Dils Brothers Little League team. Attending Jefferson Elementary and then Washington Junior High, Davis credits his later success with instruction given to him at the Boys Club under Frank Siebel and the coaching of Dike Goff in junior high. He was awarded the Most Valuable Player Award for all sports at WJHS.
The push for perfection at PHS by the Big Red coaching staff helped Davis go on to play football and track for two years at Fairmont State College before joining the Air Force in 1973. His tour of duty lasted 20 years and he served, among other things, as Master Drill Instructor, and was even chosen to retrain the marching unit that had been in Operation Desert Storm that was to march before the president. He is currently working in the U.S. Postal Service and living in Fort Worth, TX, with his wife Arlette and has five children, six grand children and five great-grand children.
Defense was the name of the game for PHS football in the 1970’s and the biggest defensive name was George Elliott.
In 1974 he played on a state runner-up team that went 10-2. As a junior he had 82 tackles on a team which went 8-2, finished sixth in the state and had four shutouts. The 1975 team did not make the playoffs because only the top four teams qualified even though they beat one of those teams, Parkersburg South (14-6). As a senior captain in 1976 the Big Reds went 10-2, winning the state title with an awesome show of defensive prowess – shutting out the two highest-scoring teams in the state that year, Martinsburg and DuPont. Elliott led the team with 130 tackles, an incredible 17 sacks, and six fumble recoveries. The Big Reds that year shut out eight opponents.
Elliott was not through with his football accomplishments, though. He helped return the Marshall University football program to prominence following the plane crash which wiped out the team. He was a four year starter as middle guard and defensive tackle under Frank Ellwood and Sonny Randle. As a junior he had 69 tackles and in 1978 was second on the team with 114 tackles and a fumble recovery. He was Southern Conference Player of the Week in September, 1978 after making 17 tackles against MAC champion Toledo.
He returned to PHS to coach as an assistant in 1983-86, helping the Big Reds reach the playoffs in 1983 and finish second in the state in 1986 while coaching three all-state linemen in Rick Phillips, Scott Swanson and Scott Adams. He then coached at four high schools in Virginia from 1987 to 1998.
Commemorative t-shirts and bracelets are available and donations can now be made online here at the football web site by clicking on the PayPal icon under the t-shirt photograph on the left side of the page. Online contributions will be added to the sponor lists if the amount is sufficient.Contributors are reminded that tax deductible checks will be accepted. They should be made out to PHS Stadium Committee.
Sponsors are being sought with 10 levels of donations - Seat Named $200, Bronze $500, Silver $1,000, Gold $2,000 and Platinum $2,500, Team Captain $5,000, Reserved Seat Row $10,000, White $15,000, Team Spirit $20,000, PHS Big Red $50,000. Sponsors will have three years to honor their pledges. Sponsors meeting any of the pledge levels will be listed on a plaque to displayed prominently in the Stadium.
Donations from fans and alumni who are proud of Stadium Field and its storied 93 year history may also be sent to Parkersburg High School in care of Charlotte Potter, Stadium Field Committee, 2101 Dudley Avenue, Parkersburg, WV 26101.
The home side finished product!
History of Stadium Field
In the spring of 1923 a group of men got together to form a stadium committee whose sole intent was to build a stadium for the newly constructed Parkersburg High School.
Those men included John S. Echols, President of the Board of Education, C.M. Martin, Sherman Dils, J.H. Biddle, C.T. Hitshaw, Herbert Smith, John Randolph, and Paul L. Summers. The committee was incorporated on July 14, 1923 and became known as the Parkersburg High School Corporation. The process of forming a corporation was necessary because the bonded indebtedness of the Board of Education was then at the peak permitted by law. Also serving on this committee was Fayette Smoot, H.L. Martin, Edward Doesch, H.R. Debussey and W.O. Holiday. The corporation leased the back campus from the Board of Education. It was impossible, according to the law of the time, for such a corporation to build any structure on land owned by a board of education. Therefore, the board had to turn over the land known as Stadium Field, on a 99-year lease to this corporation. The bonds were then released. The money for the bonds was to be recovered through football games and other activities held at the stadium.
The stadium was the first of its kind (concrete) in West Virginia and must have been the first of its kind to be built for the use of tax-supported institution without the investment of a single tax dollar.
The plans were to build one side of the stadium in 1923 and to build the other side the following year. The end of the U-shaped stadium was to be completed in the third year. When finally, completed it was to seat about 13,000 people. The end or bowl section of the stadium was never completed according to plans. The total cost of construction for the two sides was $104,000.
In just one day after the meeting in which the stadium plan was revealed, a total of $33,000 worth of bonds was sold.
In September of 1923 the first concrete was poured for the West stands of the stadium and on Oct. 4, 1923, the first game in the new stadium was played between the Big Reds of Parkersburg High School and Athens, Ohio. The Big Reds won by a 14-13 score. Ticket prices were 25 cents for student seating, 15 cents for student standing room. For the general public, the price was season ticket was $5 for seats and $4 for standing room.
In 1925 the stadium was officially dedicated. As part of the dedication, a race from Parkersburg to Marietta was held.
The installation of the stadium lights during the fall of 1940 made it possible for football games to be played at night. Until that time, most games were played on Saturday afternoon. The lights were installed by the Parkersburg Junior Chamber of Commerce at a cost of $7,000.75. The electric bill for the use of the lights was $3.25 per hour or about $10 for each game.
The lights were put in for the dual purpose of protecting the health of the players from the intense heat and to increase attendance. Among other reasons cited for the lighting was so that persons who worked Saturday afternoon could see the Big Reds play and so that the Stadium could be used for the purpose of holding other outdoor events such as political rallies or church events. Businessmen also felt that by playing Friday night games, Saturday afternoon business would be bolstered.
The first night game at PHS Stadium was Sept. 6, 1940 with the Big Reds beating Grantsville 50-0.
During the 1984-85 football season part of the stadium stands were closed for safety reasons. On June 13, 1988 it was recommended that both sides of the stands be closed. On June 14 the Board of Education accepted that recommendation.
During the summer of 1988 temporary bleachers were purchased and put up. Remodeling was done with funding help from C.O. Erickson and began in 1992. It was totally completed in 1994 with structural steel and concrete used to repair the stands.
In 1995 PHS qualified for home playoff games. After beating North Marion in the first round, the Big Reds were scheduled to host Wheeling Park. The Patriots protested the playing conditions at Stadium Field (no grass and nothing but mud) and a state inspection committee upheld the protest – moving the game to Tyler Consolidated High School. PHS won that game 28-7 and got to host the semifinal game after much work was done to repair the turf. But Hedgesville won the game 18-0 and the drive to install artificial turf on Stadium Field began in earnest.
The Stadium Renovation committee had its first planning session on Jan. 4, 1996 with more than two dozen members. In almost no time there were plans for an artificial surface to be added to the football field along with an 8-lane Eurotan track surface, new sidewalks, asphalt parking lot and refurbished concession stands.
On Aug. 30, 1996 the first game was played on AstroTurf Xl surface between Parkersburg South and Wheeling Park. On Sept. 6 the Big Reds played host to Hurricane on the new turf.
The cost of the new surface and renovations came to $1.25 million dollars which included $400,000 worth of in-kind services, $400,000 for advertising signs, $250,000 in donations and five bank loans of $400,000.
New light standards were installed in 1998. In 1999 new locker rooms were built in the Mary Lou Hague Memorial Sports and Arts complex at a cost of $536,390. In 2005 the restoration of the concrete stands was done at a cost of $129,356. In 2006 the turf was replaced at a cost of $295,000 with ProGrass artificial surface. In 2009 a new concession stand and restrooms were built on the home side at a cost of $195,000. The track was resurfaced in 2010 at a cost of $75,000 and in 2012 handrails were installed at a cost of $68,090.
In 2013 the home side bleachers were replaced in time for the second home game of the season. New seats were also installed with backs for the reserved seat section. The visiting bleachers still need to be replaced and contributions are still being taken.