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August 21, 2008

The Harve not quite ready

Those hoping to check out the new surface at Harve Collins Field for tonight’s Norman North-Edmond North scrimmage are out of luck.

Heavy rains the past two weeks have pushed back the new field’s preparations, namely the addition of rubber pellets used to make the field feel more like real grass, as well as the addition of team logos from each school.

While it looks playable now, those two finishing touches are important to put down before The Harve is ready to go.

“They just have a couple things left to do,” NHS athletic coordinator Trey Selmon said. “It should be ready in plenty of time for the first home game (Sept. 18) and we hope it will be ready to go next Thursday for our scrimmage with P.C. North.”

Several Timberwolves expressed their excitement to hit the new field for the first time at last Saturday’s intrasquad scrimmage.

Instead, they’ll take on the Huskies at Edmond North’s campus, not the University of Central Oklahoma’s Wantland Stadium, where the Edmond schools play their home games.

“They’re just anxious to get out and hit somebody from another team,” North coach Lance Manning said of his players. “They’re a little disappointed, but they just want to go play.”

The Tigers, meanwhile, will be in Lawton for their first scrimmage of the preseason.

“I think everyone’s just tired of hitting each other,” NHS coach Greg Nation said. “We’ve shortened our practices some because school has started. Our biggest thing is getting kids back into a routine, getting them back into a schedule.”

Both scrimmages will have the varsity squads taking the field around 7 p.m.

Now the Tigers will be the first team to play on The Harve’s new surface, whether it’s next week against the Panthers or the Sept. 18 home opener against Moore.

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