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New Hanover High players, parents looking for more time on Legion Stadium field

New Hanover High School lacrosse supporters are pushing for the teams to have more time at Legion Stadium. Right now, boys and girls lacrosse teams play most of their games on the back field at Legion, and are each granted one game per season on the main field. Coaches and parents are asking for the teams to have more time on the main field, which has better conditions. So far, that request has been denied because of contracts with the Hammerheads and other events at Legion, but it is an issue the Legion Stadium Commission is considering changing. "The school wants more use but they're not really coming to the table with the funds. They're looking for the county to do so and we can only fund so much,” said Jason Thompson. “So the problem in my opinion is that the school board has allowed too many sports to become varsity and with title nine, they can't pay for it." Thompson said the main field can only take so much use. There are plans to make improvements to the PA system and bleachers at the second field.

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Sports is a drain on the budget

what is all this talk about needing money for sports when kids with disabilities are suffering from lack of funds. Priorities are kids first, then sports. the average child with autism will cost the taxpayers over 1.4 million dollars each. if you reach a child with autism early enough there is a chance that the child will grow up to live an independent life as an adult. its pay me now or pay me later and im afraid later will be extremely costly.


As A NHHS Softball Mom we would just LOVE to have a field to call ours. The girls deserve this!! Look at what a GREAT field the boys have. Maybe some day someone will care about our girls as much as they do boys.

Re: Jason misses the mark!!!

Jason Thompson is worried about funding??? Worried about what the school board is bringing to the table. REALLY!!! Admission is paid for these games and those lacrosse parents do pay something called taxes and they do vote. Last time I checked Legion Stadium was home of the Wildcats, not home of the Hammerheads. We are the only school that has to request permission or receive a blessing from the Legion commission to use this field. Per the Legion By-laws the #1 use of the field is for NHHS sports and everyone is second. The lacrosse parents have been trying to fight this batter for over a year now. We are also the only school that has had to circulate a petition and fight for what the student athletes are entitled to. The lacrosse parents have received the support of Hoggard Lax parents, Ashley Lax parents and Laney Lax parents. It seems that the Legion stadium commission is our biggest roadblock! Whoever signed the contracts with Hammerheads should be fired, especially if those contracts push New Hanover Athletics out of the way? Since Jason thinks that improving the pa system and throwing some bleachers down (which will disappear during the Azalea Festival as they do each year) is acceptable-my question to him is when can we expect the Hammerheads to start playing on that field???? On a side note it is not the school board that allowed lacrosse to become a varsity sport. Beginning with the 2009-2010 school year, high school lacrosse (women's and men's) is a sanctioned sport by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association!!