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Posted: Thursday, September 10, 2009 10:00 pm

It looked like a typical Lodi High freshman football game in the season opener against visiting Sheldon High on Thursday, with one major difference.

For the first time in 34 years, the game did not take place at the Grape Bowl, but at the football field on the high school campus.

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9 comments:

  • posted at 5:43 pm on Fri, Sep 11, 2009.

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    Nellie- Lodi High Athletic Director Erin Aitken released the official statement that the last game was played in 1975. If that is inaccurate, then you can take it up with Mrs. Aitken. I stand by my story based on her quoted comment. Thank you.

     
  • posted at 4:18 pm on Fri, Sep 11, 2009.

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    Thanks for acknowledging that Richard. But, if you were relying solely on the memory of staff members (nobody loves Whit & Rosty more than I do) you might not want to write, so matter of factly, "For the first time in 34 years, the game did not take place at the Grape Bowl, but at the football field on the high school campus." That is just bad journalism. Carl Underwood would have never made such a mistake. I emailed my brother, he confirms my memory. Check with Dr. Larry Simpfenderfer OD, former teacher and the head frosh coach for several years in the mid-late 70's, along with his Asst. Dan Salisubry.

     
  • posted at 7:51 am on Fri, Sep 11, 2009.

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    Formerfan - a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Q. How do you eat an elephant?A. One bite at at time.I beleive I overheard someone saying that the bleachers would be in by the end of next year. And other improvements would be added also. And I also believe that very little of this was public money - I think I heard that it was all donated.Things take time. At least something positive is happening. And it is never inappropriate to "make a big deal" out of activities that promote our youth activities.Go Flames! Great Job Coach Sperling.

     
  • posted at 6:37 am on Fri, Sep 11, 2009.

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    Congrats to the Freshman! I do agree that there has been improvements at LHS. However, I don't feel they warrant quite the hype in this article. We are make a to due over a score board and goal post. Elk Grove just put turff at All their HS. The type of improvements mentioned are what the Elk Grove Dist have at all their Middle Schools. While it may be updated, why couldn't we go past the 80's get a real field with real bleachers and something besides a DIRT track for Lodi High School? Who else has a dirt track? This is what we want our kids to be proud of? Maybe the new AD will make Facilty Updates a priority and bring this school up to date like all our surrounding communities.

     
  • posted at 4:02 am on Fri, Sep 11, 2009.

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    Nellie-The actual date of the last game played at Lodi High was the subject of much debate yesterday afternoon. According to both Bob Whittaker and Larry Bishop, 1975 was the last time a freshman football game was held on the high school field. Bishop originally said 1976, then later revised it to 1975, said Bishop's daughter, Lodi AD Erin Aitken.Former Lodi coach Don Rostomily said he thought he remembered some games on the field during the early 1980's.Memories might be a little hazy, but the consensus seemed to be 1975. Hope this helps.

     
  • posted at 4:00 am on Fri, Sep 11, 2009.

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    Great Job -- Robert Sperling, Staff and team!!! What a way to begin your high school career, Cheo Tessaro -- run back on the first play at your own high school refurbished field. It will be fun to watch you in the coming years. Again, great job!

     
  • posted at 3:18 am on Fri, Sep 11, 2009.

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    Go Flames! I've watched the progression of the baseball & football fields the past year and think it's great to have these games on campus! Props to the many donors, hard working parents, staff, etc to get these projects done!I do have one correction, not to nit-pick, but my brother's frosh football team played on campus in the fall of 76 (class of 80) for a game or two. Most were in the GB.

     
  • posted at 1:48 am on Fri, Sep 11, 2009.

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    Go Flames, way to get your first 'W' for your high school.

     
  • posted at 12:18 am on Fri, Sep 11, 2009.

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    Awesome job guys :D

     

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