Tigers test out new field
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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