Tokay football players converge on coach Michael Holst before the start of the first day of practice on Monday, July 23, 2018 at Tokay High. (David Witte/News-Sentinel)
A new era began Monday for the Tokay and Liberty Ranch football programs.
The Tigers and Hawks held practices at their respective, brand new on-campus stadiums for the first time ever. Tokay and Liberty Ranch, along with Lodi and Galt, were just four of more than 150 high schools in the Sac-Joaquin Section that officially started football practices with conditioning week.
Earlier this year, Tokay had the grass field at Steve Hubbard Field torn out. Installed is the all-turf field that includes granulated cork, which, since 2007, has been used at various athletic fields in the United States in all-turf. The four stadium lights — two on the west and east sides — have also been installed and are fully functioning.
“It was kind of a thrill,” said Tokay football coach Michael Holst. “What was most important part for us is the feel, a level playing surface. It’s pretty awesome.”
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