VVS to open new­sta­dium against Oneida

VVS-Oneida ri­valry to high­light HOF Week­end, first game played on new field

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Front Page - By John Brewer jbrewer@onei­dadis­patch.com Sports Ed­i­tor

One of the fea­ture sport­ing ri­val­ries in Cen­tral New York will have a brand new venue be­gin­ning Thurs­day.

Ver­non-Verona- Sher­rill is open­ing its new turf field and sta­dium un­der the lights on Thurs­day against arch ri­val Oneida in a Tri-Val­ley League girls soc­cer clash be­tween two of the top three teams in the Pi­o­neer Divi­sion at 7 p.m.

The next day, the Red Dev­ils are wel­com­ing all past and present ath­letes and coaches; Sec­tion III of­fi­cials; the Board of Ed­u­ca­tion, and boost­ers for a grand open­ing cer­e­mony at 5 p.m. prior to the of­fi­cial rib­bon cut­ting at 5:30 p.m. on Fri­day, Oct. 12 prior to a huge Class B East matchup with Oneida as VVS bat­tles for a spot in the post­sea­son.

Adding to the fun, VVS Ath­letic Di­rec­tor Randy Thomas has a agreed to a friendly wa­ger with Oneida Ath­letic Di­rec­tor Stacy Tice. If VVS loses on Fri­day, Thomas will have to don Oneida gear. Sim­i­larly, if Oneida loses, Tice will sport VVS Red Devil gear.

With the new ticket booth still un­der con­struc­tion, fans at Fri­day’s game can find re-

fresh­ments and re­strooms in­side Sheveron, sim­i­lar to the lay­out for a bas­ket­ball game.

The grid­iron tilt will be the first time since 1955, 63 years, that a home game will be hosted some­where other than the old Sheveron Field, Thomas said, adding that he hopes the big week­end will draw crowds like the old days when fans lined the field “4 to 5 peo­ple deep.”

With a large crowd ex­pected Fri­day, the dis­trict is of­fer­ing a free shut­tle from J.D. Ge­orge El­e­men­tary to the high school be­gin­ning at 4:30 p.m.

On Satur­day, the VVS ju­nior var­sity and var­sity field hockey teams book­end a boys soc­cer tilt, all against Oneida, to com­plete the live ac­tion on the new field.

Af­ter­wards, VVS will honor its new­est class of Hall of Fame in­ductees with a din­ner and in­duc­tion cer­e­mony be­fore the home­com­ing dance.

All events are free ad­mis­sion through­out the ex­tended week­end, some­thing Thomas cred­ited Su­per­in­ten­dent Martha Group for en­sur­ing on the oc­ca­sion.

“We want the pub­lic to see the fruits of what the VVS com­mu­nity has in­vested in,” Thomas said, adding he has re­ceived num­ber­ous calls from alumni seek­ing more in­for­ma­tion about how to be a part of the week­end.

The VVS AD also cred­ited the school’s booster club and Stu­dent Coun­cil for help­ing make the big week­end a real­ity.

While the Red Dev­ils’ Hall of Fame and Home­com­ing week­end fea­ture ath­let­ics, Thomas and VVS English teacher Son­dra Whalen are also ex­cited about the ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties af­forded by some of the new sta­dium’s fea­ture such as its state-ofthe-art score­board that can be used by a po­ten­tial video graph­ics course or club.

Though re­play will not be avail­able this week­end, Thomas says the board will even­tu­ally have re­play ca­pa­bil­i­ties in ad­di­tion to keep­ing track of score, down and dis­tance, and time re­main­ing. Thurs­day, Oct. 11: - Girls Var­sity Soc­cer vs Oneida 7 p.m. Fri­day, Oct. 12: - Grand Open­ing Cer­e­mony 5 p.m.

- Var­sity Foot­ball vs Oneida 7p.m. Satur­day, Oct. 13: - JV Field Hockey vs Oneida 10 a.m.

- Var­sity Boys Soc­cer vs Oneida 1:30 p.m.

- Var­sity Field Hockey vs Oneida 3 p.m.

- Hall of Fame Din­ner 5 p.m. (High School Gym)

- Hall of Fame In­duc­tion Cer­e­mony 6 p.m. (Sheveron Com­mu­nity Cen­ter)

- Home­com­ing Dance 7 p.m. (Mid­dle School Gym)

BY JOHN BREWER JBREWER@ONEI­DADIS­PATCH.COM @DISPATCHBREWER ON TWIT­TER

Ver­non-Verona-Sher­rill will of­fi­cially open its new sta­dium with a week­end of ac­tiv­i­ties, fea­tured by ri­valry con­tests with Oneida and a Hall of Fame in­duc­tion cer­e­mony, be­gin­ning on Thurs­day, Oct. 11.

BY JOHN BREWER JBREWER@ONEI­DADIS­PATCH.COM @DISPATCHBREWER ON TWIT­TER

VVS’ new state-of-the-art score­board will be op­er­a­tional for its ri­valry week­end with Oneida.

PHOTO BY JOHN BREWER

VVS’s new sta­dium.

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