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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.

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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

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PHOTOS – Youth football camp at FHS

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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!

Freddie Baseball Clinic – March 8

There will be a baseball clinic for the up-and-coming athletes on Saturday, March 8 at the Fredericktown Administrative Building Gym (117 Columbus Road).  Grades 1-4 will run from 10:00am until 11:30am and grades 5-8 will run from 12:00pm until 1:30pm.  The cost of the event is $25 per player and all participants will receive a special gift.  Walkup registration is accepted, but early registration is appreciated.  Return forms to the High School office in care of BASEBALL CLINIC.  Checks should be made payable to Fredericktown Athletic Boosters.  For any questions on concerns please contact Coach Tom Craze at 740-988-7994.

Click the link to download the form:  bbclinic

Freddies 56-18 win sets up opportunities

Even in the toughest of seasons there is always plenty to play for, and the Freddies showed that they are far from done with their run for the season.  A goal of their first year in the new conference was to go after the MOAC title and they turned up the tempo to stay in the fight against the Mount Gilead Indians.  Systematically the Freddies tore the Indians down at every chance they got in the 56-18 victory to improve to 4-1 in the conference.

“That was a big win for us and one we’ve been looking for all year,” said Fredericktown Head Coach Brian Baum.  “These boys are a tough team and we play one of the toughest in the division this year.  It was a great thing for boys that have shown a lot of character and heart all season.”

Two long rushing plays on the Freddies first drive by Tyler Ruhl gave him a very short field to work with on the two-yard touchdown with 8:08 left in the first quarter.  The Indians only could catch glimpses of the end zone in the first twelve minutes as the Freddie defense held them to long positions forcing them to kick away.  Fredericktown racked up two more touchdowns on a long 33-yard score by Austin Hathaway and an eight-yard pass to Sam Armstrong before Mount Gilead could break loose in the second quarter.

“We wanted to play a lot of kids and utilize a lot of that talent.  We’re not wearing our kids out and that’s something that we’ve been working on all year to get to, said Coach Baum.  “A lot of them are underclassmen, and as our seniors are building us up as winners we are getting a lot of experience for next year.”

Mount Gilead worked the clock and setup a solid offense that worked to find Freddie weak spots.  They racked up the yards and ate time for almost seven minutes before grabbing an 11-yard touchdown run with less than a minute in the first half.

“They (Mount Gilead) did a nice job of driving the ball and challenged a few things that we have to shore up defensively.  Overall I feel our defense did a great job tonight, but we really wanted to get that stop before the half,” said Baum.

Braxton McQueen setup the return out to the Indian 27 and that’s where Hathaway reached out in a big way to senior Chris Hoar for a 73-yard touchdown pass to further dominate Mount Gilead.

The success of the first half carried over in the final 24 minutes of play as the Freddies started with the ball.  On a second-and-one, Ruhl found a spot large enough to shoot through the Indian defense and run 43-yards for another touchdown with Hathaway grabbing the conversion run.  Mount Gilead didn’t have the ball long before the defense saw an opportunity.  Out to mid-field, the ball was stripped away and Sam Armstrong scooped it up to run 50-yards for a touchdown.

Armstrong grabbed his second interception of the night on the following Mount Gilead drive and advanced the ball to the 40.

“Sam came out and made some nice plays for us, he’s a receiver and he knows how to get out there and get the football.  Our motto is if the ball is in the air, its our ball.  He’s one of those that’s good at that.  It was key at getting those stops.”

Powering through the defense, Jacob Leinendecker, and Ruhl worked to move the ball and setup the spot for Devin Kessler to grab an eight-yard touchdown run and end the scoring for the Freddies at 56.

“He (Kessler) has come a long way in the course of this year and getting into our system last year.  Each week he’s getting better and stronger which helps Ruhl, Hathaway, and the passing game.”

The Indians scored twice in the fourth quarter as the Freddies started substitutions on the field, getting the jayvee and freshman more Friday night experience.

Fredericktown’s offense racked up 485 yards on 43 plays against Mount Gilead.  Austin Hathaway was 3 of 7 for 84-yards and two touchdowns.  Chris Hoar had one reception for 73-yards resulting in a touchdown and Sam Armstrong with two receptions totaling 11-yards and one touchdown.  Leading the rushing battle was Tyler Ruhl with 178-yards and two touchdowns, Hathaway with 90-yards and one touchdown, and Devin Kessler with 54-yards and one touchdown.

On Monday, the official OHSAA ratings were not out, however the unofficial Joe Eitel Harbin points were, and Fredericktown had advanced to ninth place.  With the potential there, the possibilities had the coaches and the team excited in the post game huddle as to what is in store next Friday night.

“It feels good for our program, but we also have stuff to play for,” said Coach Baum.  “Whether it’s a small chance or a big one, its fun.  A potential for league or playoffs is fun and exciting.  We got our eyes set on where we want to be and it comes down to next week with the Centerburg and Highland matchup

 

Spaghetti dinner to benefit Haldeman – Oct 26

Spaghetti dinner to benefit Haldeman

There will be a spaghetti dinner and silent auction on October 26 from 3:00-6:00pm at the Fredericktown Methodist Church.  The money raised from the event will go to help with Tyler Haldeman’s medical expenses from the motor vehicle accident he was involved in.

The cost of the dinner is by donation.  If you are interested in donating an item for the auction, please contact Peggy Smith at 740-507-4838.