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Turf Wars: Girls’ Field Teams Deserve Their Shot Under the Lights

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The field at West Hills Middle is watered nicely, but the holes aren't good for safe play.

The field at West Hills Middle is watered nicely, but the holes aren't good for safe play.

Lainee Miller

Lainee Miller

The field at West Hills Middle is watered nicely, but the holes aren't good for safe play.

Hailee Lamoreaux, Sports Editor

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The girls’ soccer team and the girls’ lacrosse team both had great seasons last year. But both teams also had a common complaint: the turf, or lack thereof. The turf was a new addition to Garrison Field last year and was entrusted to many of our sports teams. Yet, if being able to play on the turf is a such a privilege, why have our girls’ field teams been prevented from using it?

The girl’s lacrosse team has had to play over behind West Hills Middle School where they only have a limited amount of time to play, due to a lack of sunlight and poor field quality. The holes in the field are a serious concern for rolling or even breaking ankles.  Though the girls soccer field isn’t necessarily poor quality, all players deserve the chance to play on the best field, in front of the biggest crowd, and under the bright lights. “Playing on the turf is a very fun experience, and I am bummed I didn’t get to play on it… It would be really cool to see the girls soccer team play on turf,” said Savannah Palmer, Girls Soccer Alum.

Is it really a gender issue? When you compare the success rates of the teams who were given the chance to play on the turf versus those who were not given the opportunity, It’s difficult to ignore. Girls soccer and girls lacrosse have been very successful respectively. “It makes us feel weird in a way. It’s like the boys [are] being privileged because they do really good during and don’t get me wrong they 100 percent do, but it’s kind of belittling,” Chelsea Rasmussen, Girl’s Lacrosse player.

With that being said, the girls deserve a voice and many feel that this is something that needs to change. Being able to play the sport you love is the greatest feeling ever, but on the turf is a bonus. Maybe this upcoming year it will change? We’d like to see these beautiful lady grizzlies get their chance under the lights, we’re sure the other teams would as well.

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