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Freddies post 565 rushing against Clear Fork

Photo By JASON BOSTIC – Off to a rough start in the valley on Friday night, the Freddies out powered, outlasted, and overcame to a victorious win. Devin Kessler in this photo is pushing through for another Freddies first down. Kessler finished the night rushing 10 times for 96 yards and one touchdown. Fredericktown’s offense had 565 rushing, 268 passing.

 

VIDEO: Freddies outlast in 69-49 shootout at Clear Fork

Video highlights from last nights Fredericktown at Clear Fork football game.  Click to view the video in Quicktime!

Streby honored by FHS and Conference

There aren’t too many events at Fredericktown that you can’t find Dean Streby in attendance either to watch or assist in one way or another.  On Friday night at the scrimmage against Mapleton he was led to the 50-yard line by Athletic Director Randy Endsley to be presented with a framed certificate and lifetime pass for his years of dedication.
Raised and graduating from Fredericktown he left for a short stint in the Navy before returning to start his family.  Dean and his late wife Jane raised four children, all of whom graduated from FHS.  His service to athletics began in 1958 when he began filming football and basketball games for the coaches.  He would take the reels to Mansfield to be developed so the coaches would have them the next morning.  Streby assisted further in helping prep the area of the new football field when it moved from Taylor Street, assisted in erecting the first set of bleachers, and many other projects.
In 1986 he starting taking care of the officials for football and basketball games.  Greeting, assisting them, and getting refreshments at the half/post game Dean stays very active.
Streby has been involved with Fredericktown Athletics, including the boosters for over 50 years, serving as President of the boosters for several years.  He assists with taking care of game officials among many other duties that you can find him take part in.
Dean and Jane traveled all over the state to watch not only the Fredericktown Freddies, but to watch and enjoy high school basketball.  Dean has attended every OHSAA Boys State Basketball Tournament since 1957.

PHOTOS – Two-a-day practice – August 7, 2014

The full gallery of images from the Thursday session of two-a-days is now available online.  In order to view the images, click the picture below.  Continue to check back to the site for more pre-season photos and other sports pics throughout the year.

Photo By JASON BOSTIC

PHOTOS – Stadium Progress – August 7, 2014

The following are photos from August 7, 2014 of the progress on the home stands at Fredericktown Field.  Aluminum surfaces are going up and the new look for events down at the field is taking shape.  The bright red highlights are going to make the home stands pop out.

PHOTOS – Two-a-day FRIDAY

The full gallery of images from the Friday session of two-a-days is now available online.  In order to view the images, click the picture below.  Continue to check back to the site for more pre-season photos and other sports pics throughout the year.

PHOTOS – Youth football camp at FHS

The full gallery of images from the Monday session of football camp for grades three through eight is now available online.  In order to view the images, click the picture below.  Continue to check back to the site for more pre-season photos and other sports pics throughout the year.

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Stadium renovation underway

Concrete is being poured today at Fredericktown field in front of the home stands.  The new pad will be the approach to the ADA ramp and stair area.

Stadium Preview Night – April 26

The Fredericktown Athletic Boosters Club is hosting a “Stadium Preview Night” on April 26th as a fundraiser for the Stadium Rehabilitation Project.  The gates to the stadium will open at 5:00pm and the cost of tickets is $10 pre-sale or $12 at the gate.  Concessions as well as a hog roast will be available for purchase throughout the evening.

Bands will begin at 6:00pm that evening with more details coming out over the next few days.  The two bands at the moment are Grape Candy and Off The Hook.

There will be raffles, membership tables setup, and great entertainment throughout the evening.  In the event of poor weather conditions, the event will be held in the Fredericktown H.S. gymnasium.  Make sure to bring your own lawn chairs or seating options, as the bleachers are unavailable.

Tickets are available at the Fredericktown Local Schools Board Office at 117 Columbus Road.  For more information and updates, check www.gofreddies.com

Stadium Rehabilitation Project

Hello my fellow Fredericktown residents, alumni, and those residing within or served by the Fredericktown Local School District.  It should come as no surprise that there is a project going on within the community to rehabilitate the bleacher seating at Fredericktown Stadium.  We’ve heard about proposals in the past, but the project has now been taken by the horns by a joint effort between the FLSD and the Fredericktown Athletic Boosters Club.  Together the two groups are spearheading the drive to raise money to make sensible improvements.

This structure has served us well and has done so since 1969, however something subject to environmental conditions for 45 years at some point needs more than just a little TLC.  In addition to the wear and tear on them a lot has changed in the way of safety codes and the requirements needed in order to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  According to information provided by FLSD Superintendent Matt Chrispin, they failed in 18 of 21 categories when inspected.  Just looking at them, even the layperson could see a number of concerns, and as a parent of a child who will attend there and does sit in the stands I too am concerned.

What all needs completed you ask?  The highlights of the project include:

  • Utilizing the current steel structure and press box.
  • Removing rust and painting the existing steel structure
  • Removing the wood plank seating and walking surfaces and replacing with aluminum.
  • Removing gaps between the seating and flooring by installing aluminum planks.
  • Railing replacement
  • Widening of aisles for handicap accessibility
  • The addition of a handicap ramp and accessible seating located on the home side stands.

Why am I standing up for this and why do I wish to see its success?  As someone who was raised in this community, an FHS alumni, and a parent, why would I not want a safe stadium that can be enjoyed for years to come?  Its about having some pride, doing the right thing and coming together to see this project through.  Just because they are still standing and nothing catastrophic has happened to date is no reason to delay making this happen.  We’ve been lucky that nothing has happened; the time to repair is now.

Even though football Friday nights is the stereotypical thing that comes to mind when you hear stadium, it should be no surprise that it is used for far more.  These bleachers are used for High School and Junior High football, Track and Field events of all ages, the Marching Band, Youth Football, and public events that utilize the field.

What exactly is the next step, and is this project going to move forward you ask?  Volunteers from the community are anxiously awaiting a break in the weather to begin removing all of the wooden boards from the bleachers to make way for the renovation to begin and have an impact in cost reduction.

People within the community are already in action getting the word out of the importance to get the community backing.  Through charitable donations from the Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County, Kokosing Construction, Ariel Corporation, Dr. Kyle Randall, MD. (Class of 2000), and booster volunteers, the funding is well underway.  We aren’t there yet and we need YOUR help in order to see it through!

Donations can be made in the form of a check made payable to the Fredericktown Stadium Rehabilitation Project and mailed to:

Community Foundation of Mount Vernon & Knox County
Fredericktown Stadium Rehabilitation Project
1 South Main Street
Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050

Any amount possible that is donated will help this project out.  Imagine if just the alumni that are reading were to donate $10 each how far that would go to completing the bleacher renovation?  Please spread the word, please forward this to your alumni friends and encourage them to step up and give back to a worthy cause.

Thank you!