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UPDATE: Service High School Artificial Turf

Aerial view of the Service High School artificial turf taken by Service High School Marketing & Business teacher Carlene Hockema with a little help Rust's Flying Service.

Aerial view of the Service High School artificial turf taken by Service High School Marketing & Business teacher Carlene Hockema with a little help Rust's Flying Service.

© Carlene Hockema

Last September, Service High School dedicated a new artificial turf on the football field, also used for soccer.

Alaska State Senator Kevin Meyer submitted a press release and photo, which was incorrectly credited to his office.

Service High School Marketing & Business teacher Carlene Hockema took the photo in a Rust's Flying Service flight over the school.

The artificial turf was dedicated and the C-Team and Jr. Varsity teams used the field, but until bleachers are installed it can't be used for Varsity games, according to Hockema. And although bleachers may be installed this summer, the schedule for fall 2013 is already completed, without the Service field.

It may be fall 2014 before the artificial turf is used by the Varsity teams, unless the Anchorage School District changes the schedule.

 

Here is the schedule below, from the Anchorage School District website, and it does not include the Service High School Field

Football schedule 2013-14

Schedule updated April 4, 2013

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Date Time Level Away Home Field

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Friday, August 16, 2013 7:00 PM V Colony Service AFS

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  4:00 PM JV Bartlett Palmer Palmer

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  7:00 PM V Bartlett Palmer Palmer

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  TBA V Eagle River North Pole North Pole

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Saturday, August 17, 2013 12:00 PM C Colony Service Begich

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  3:00 PM JV Colony Service Begich

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  TBA C Dimond Lathrop Lathrop

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  TBA JV Dimond Lathrop Lathrop

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  TBA V Dimond Lathrop Lathrop

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  10:00 AM C Bartlett Palmer Palmer

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  12:00 PM C West Valley Chugiak Chugiak

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  3:00 PM JV West Valley Chugiak Chugiak

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  6:00 PM V West Valley Chugiak Chugiak

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  10:00 AM JV Wasilla West AFS

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  1:00 PM V Wasilla West AFS

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  10:00 AM C East South South

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  4:00 PM JV East South AFS

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  7:00 PM V East South AFS

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Thursday, August 22, 2013 6:00 PM C Service East Begich

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  6:00 PM C Dimond Eagle River Eagle River

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  6:30 PM C South Bartlett Clark

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  6:00 PM C West Chugiak Chugiak

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Date Time Level Away Home Field

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Friday, August 23, 2013 4:00 PM JV Service East AFS

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  7:00 PM V Service East AFS

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  4:00 PM JV West Chugiak Chugiak

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  7:00 PM V West Chugiak Chugiak

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Saturday, August 24, 2013 1:00 PM JV Dimond Eagle River Eagle River

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  4:00 PM V Dimond Eagle River Eagle River

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  4:00 PM JV South Bartlett AFS

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  7:00 PM V South Bartlett AFS

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013 6:00 PM C Bartlett Service Begich

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  6:30 PM C Eagle River West Clark

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  6:00 PM C Palmer East AFS

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  6:00 PM C Chugiak Dimond Dimond

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Thursday, August 29, 2013 4:00 PM JV Palmer East AFS

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  7:00 PM V Palmer East AFS

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Friday, August 30, 2013 4:00 PM JV Chugiak Dimond Dimond

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  7:00 PM V Chugiak Dimond Dimond

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  7:00 PM V South Moore Park Ca

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Saturday, August 31, 2013 3:00 PM C Kodiak South South

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  6:00 PM JV Kodiak South South

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  10:00 AM JV Bartlett Service AFS

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  1:00 PM V Bartlett Service AFS

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  4:00 PM JV Eagle River West AFS

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  7:00 PM V Eagle River West AFS

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Date Time Level Away Home Field

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013 6:00 PM C Dimond Bartlett Begich

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  6:30 PM C West East Clark

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  6:00 PM C Service Chugiak Chugiak

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Friday, September 6, 2013 4:00 PM JV Dimond Bartlett AFS

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  7:00 PM V Dimond Bartlett AFS (homecoming)

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  4:00 PM JV West East Dimond

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  7:00 PM V West East Dimond

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  6:00 PM C South Eagle River Eagle River

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Saturday, September 7, 2013 2:00 PM JV South Eagle River Eagle River

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  5:00 PM V South Eagle River Eagle River

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  4:00 PM JV Service Chugiak Chugiak

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  7:00 PM V Service Chugiak Chugiak

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013 6:00 PM C East Dimond Dimond

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  6:00 PM C Bartlett West AFS

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013 6:30 PM C Ealge River Service Clark

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  6:00 PM C Chugiak South South

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  4:00 PM JV East Dimond Dimond

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  7:00 PM V East Dimond Dimond

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  4:00 PM JV Bartlett West AFS

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  7:00 PM V Bartlett West AFS

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Thursday, September 12, 2013 4:00 PM JV Chugiak South AFS

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  7:00 PM V Chugiak South AFS

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  4:00 PM JV Eagle River Service Dimond

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  7:00 PM V Eagle River Service Dimond

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Date Time Level Away Home Field

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013 5:30 PM C East Bartlett Begich

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  5:30 PM C Chugiak Eagle River Eagle River

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  6:00 PM C West Dimond Dimond

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  5:30 PM C Service South South

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Thursday, September 19, 2013 5:30 PM JV East Bartlett Begich

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  5:30 PM JV Chugiak Eagle River Eagle River

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  6:00 PM JV West Dimond Dimond

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  5:30 PM JV Service South South

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Friday, September 20, 2013 7:00 PM V West Dimond Dimond/Hc

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  7:00 PM V East Bartlett AFS

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Saturday, September 21, 2013 7:00 PM V Service South AFS (homecoming)

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  2:00 PM V Chugiak Eagle River Er/Hc

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013 6:00 PM C Chugiak East AFS

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  6:00 PM C South Dimond Dimond

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  6:00 PM C Eagle River Bartlett Chugiak

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  5:15 PM C Service West Begich

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Thursday, September 26, 2013 6:00 PM JV Chugiak East AFS

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  6:00 PM JV South Dimond Dimond

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  6:00 PM JV Eagle River Bartlett Chugiak

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  5:15 PM JV Service West Begich

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Friday, September 27, 2013 7:00 PM V Chugiak East AFS (homecoming)

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  7:00 PM V South Dimond Dimond

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Date Time Level Away Home Field

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Saturday, September 28, 2013 7:00 PM V Eagle River Bartlett AFS

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  2:00 PM V Service West AFS (homecoming)

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013 7:00 PM C South West AFS

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  6:00 PM C Bartlett Chugiak Chugiak

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  5:00 PM C East Eagle River Eagle River

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  4:00 PM C Dimond Service AFS

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Thursday, October 3, 2013 5:00 PM JV Dimond Service South

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  6:00 PM JV Bartlett Chugiak Chugiak

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  5:00 PM JV East Eagle River Eagle River

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  4:00 PM JV South West AFS

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  7:00 PM V South West AFS

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Friday, October 4, 2013 7:00 PM V Bartlett Chugiak Chugiak/Hc

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Saturday, October 5, 2013 2:00 PM V East Eagle River Eagle River

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  2:00 PM V Dimond Service AFS (homecoming)

The original press release that ran last September follows:

New Artificial Turf Field to be Dedicated at Service High School

ANCHORAGE-Senator Kevin Meyer, R-South Anchorage, is proud to announce that a new artificial turf field will be dedicated at Service High School in Anchorage on Friday, September 7th.  The dedication will begin at 1p.m. in the Service High School Gymnasium and will move outside for a brief ball tossing and kicking ceremony, if weather permits.

“One of my highest priorities as a legislator is making sure our children get the resources they need to thrive later in life,” said Senator Meyer.  “This field provides a great place for our students to participate in sports and encourages youth fitness, teamwork and a sense of school pride.  These are key building blocks that help our kids succeed in school.”

Senator Meyer worked alongside school leaders to secure the funding for the $2.1 million artificial turf field which replaced a natural grass field that required a substantial amount of ongoing maintenance each year including fertilizing, mowing, watering, reseeding, and game line striping.

“Because the natural grass was very difficult and expensive to maintain, the field became almost impossible to use during certain times of the year,” said Senator Meyer.   “Replacing the grass provides a high quality, safe, low maintenance field that makes it easier to use throughout the year by students, staff, and the community.”

Two representatives from each of the sports that will use the field, including football, soccer, flag football, track, cross country running, and skiing will help dedicate the field.

“I believe that athletics provide a very important cornerstone in the education of our kids,” said Senator Meyer.  “My daughter played soccer at Service High School.   It is something that helped shape who she is today.  That kind of educational tool is priceless and that’s why this new field is so important for students and families in South Anchorage.”

WHERE: Service High School Gym, 5577 Abbott Road

WHAT: Artificial Turf Field Dedication

WHEN: Friday, September 7th, 1 p.m.

Members of the media and the public are invited and encouraged to attend the ceremony.

For more information, please contact Christine Marasigan in Senator Meyer’s office at (907) 269-0199.

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