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Still more work needed to on Ripon High football field

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POSTED October 23, 2012 12:47 a.m.

RIPON – Parts of the newly remodeled Stouffer Field was unveiled to the public on Aug. 31.

The dedication event that kicked off the Ripon High football season only marked a milestone, according to Stephanie Hobbs, president of the Ripon Community Athletic Foundation.

“It was awesome milestone,” she said on Monday. “But we’re not done – there’s still more work ahead.”

Reaching that point for RCAF had been a pipe dream back when the grass-root efforts began in 2007. Donations and fundraisers not to mention support from area businesses – Pacific, Gas & Electric, for example, provided the new scoreboard – helped make possible phase I of the Stouffer Field Revitalization Project.

RCAF helped provide the manpower that called for removing the existing turf and concrete curb around the football field.

Work also included relocating the field and track to its proper location based on the master plan. Contrary to an early report, the all-weather synthetic track is still in the future plans, according to Hobbs, at an estimated price tag of $350,000.

The new curbing – or the ‘D’ – on the inside part of the track will also have the all-weather surface. 

Vince Hobbs, Stephanie’s husband, and Scotty Williams have continued their tireless efforts at the stadium. They’ve recently worked in the wet weather on getting drain improvements done on the north end of the field.

“The rain has helped us out with dust control,” Stephanie Hobbs said.

She noted that Black Diamond Aggregate Trucking and Cal Crush both chipped in by hauling 1,300 tons of rocks donated by Cemex, from Tracy to Ripon, for the drain.

RCAF, in addition, hopes to have the triple jump / long jump, pole vault, and high jump pits completed in time for the track season. “We’re still $25,000 short after having demolished the (jump) pits,” Hobbs said.

A new flag pole in Stouffer Field made possible by the local Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion is scheduled to be installed.

Meanwhile, Rina’s Run is the next big fundraiser planned by the non-profit group. Among the changes in store for the sixth annual event calls for the half marathon run to replace the 10K.

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