Dover-Foxcroft – When Foxcroft Academy decided on the new Jim Robinson Field House site, officials knew it would mean the end of the current varsity soccer field. With help from Foxcroft Academy Buildings and Grounds Department and the Town of Dover-Foxcroft, the newly updated Alfond Soccer Field is taking shape ahead of schedule.
The future home soccer game field is in the ‘bowl’ behind the residential life dormitories at FA, and it’s being extended to a regulation length field with the help of donated loam from the Town of Dover-Foxcroft. According to Tom Nason, Foxcroft Academy Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds, this donation made it possible to get the project done this fall along with contributions from several members of the Herd Alumni.
“The soccer field was in good shape, but we wanted to make it fully usable, so the softball dirt infield didn’t hinder soccer players sliding on the field,” said Nason. “The only way to accomplish that was to lengthen the field on the other end, and that meant cutting trees, flattening the area, building a retaining wall, and adding loam and sod. It came together much quicker than anticipated.”
Nason, along with Lucas Butler, Director of Facilities at the Piscataquis County Ice Arena, used their heavy equipment know-how to cut trees, dig out areas for the retaining wall, construct a driveway to the field, and lay sod that will allow for play this fall. The project was aided by members of the FA Alumni, John ‘JJ’ Dyer ‘90 and Elwood Edgerly ‘72, providing needed services to the project. The donated loam from the town was an added benefit to moving this forward.
“It was truly a team effort to get this done,” said Nason. “We plan on moving the softball field to a new spot on Alfond Field, and with the addition of the retaining wall, it’s going to make a nice field even better.”
“Foxcroft Academy has been responsible for running the town’s youth sports programs for the last ten years, and during that time, they have allowed us to use all their facilities such as fields and gyms, which has been really great for the community,” said Jack Clukey, Town Manager of Dover-Foxcroft. “We had a surplus of loam, and we wanted it to go to good use. This gift helps not only FA student-athletes but all of the youth that will use the field. It’s a win-win for our area kids.”
The Foxcroft Academy Boys’ and Girls’ soccer teams currently use Oakes Field to host varsity games, and they practice on Alfond Field. While some games will continue to be on Oakes Field, especially for night contests, Alfond Field will be a welcomed addition for the program to use permanently.
“We’ve been fortunate to have outstanding fields to play and practice on for years here at Foxcroft Academy, and that will continue to be the case for years to come,” said Arnold Shorey, Foxcroft Academy Head of School. “This donation from the town came at a needed time, and thanks to the quick thinking of Tom (Nason) and Lucas (Butler), our student-athletes will have the opportunity to have another great field to call home.”
Currently, the Foxcroft Academy Soccer teams are seeing success on the field in the form of victories. The boys’ team is now 3-0-1, and the girls’ team recently picked up their first win of the season and are 1-2 on the year playing in Class B. #rideonponies