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Wabash City Schools unveils Alumni Field

By Joseph Slacian

The newly renovated football field at Wabash High School’s Alumni Field was dedicated during a brief ceremony Thursday, Sept. 10.

Apache football coach Adam Handley and athletic director Floyd McWhirt cut the ribbon at the center of the field with the Wabash football team and other dignitaries looking on.

The field was the first of many construction projects taking place in Wabash City Schools to be finished. It includes field turf and a new scoreboard, and is available for both football and soccer games. Work is continuing on expanding the running track around the field.

“I spent a lot of time out here as they were building this, and I’ll give a shout out to the crew,” Mayor Scott Long said. “I’ve never seen a crew hustle as they did, sewing this field together.

“I’m honored to be here as a Northfield graduate. I now call Wabash home.”

He said he’s looking forward to a few years down the road when his grandson can play on the field.

Superintendent Jason Callahan thanked the Wabash City Schools board members for “having the courage to do all these projects.”

“We haven’t been able to do the scope of these projects like these since the ‘60s,” he continued. “You talk about building a legacy of opportunity for all, this is a project that’s building a legacy.”

He said he was joking around with some of the players, telling them that building the field was the easy part.

“Coach Handley and the kids have to deliver,” Callahan continued. “They have to build the legacy. We build the stadium You guys bring the Ws.”

He also thanked Hagerman Construction and Context Design for their work on the project.

“Of all those projects that we’re currently doing, this was the first one we were able to complete, and it’s not disappointing at all,” he said.

Construction Supervisor Adam Whitmer presented the school with a football signed by the Apache team to be included in the school’s trophy case.

McWhirt also thanked all those involved with the project.

“This is an exciting time for us here, especially the athletic department,” he said.

The Apaches varsity football team defeated Peru, 14-10, on Friday in its first game on the new field.

Posted on 2020 Sep 15