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Texas A&M, Barrington HS (IL) Capture NFCA/Turface Maintenance Field of the Year Awards

COLUMBIA, MO -- Texas A&M University was the college/university winner and Barrington High School (IL) was the high school winner in the NFCA/Turface Maintenance Field of the Year award for the 1999 season.

This marks the first year separate divisions were established for colleges and high schools. Texas A&M head coach Jo Evans and Barrington High School head coach Perry Peterson will receive their awards at the NFCA National Convention in St. Petersburg, FL.

The "Fightin' Texas Aggie Softball Field Crew" is supervised by Leo Gertz and assisted by Craig Potts. Working for Goertz and Potts on the ground crew are two other full-time workers and three student employees. The Aggie Softball Field was completed on March 30, 1994. The complex features covered raised seating for 1.750 four feet above playing field level. The facility includes a lighted field with a Tifway 419 Bermuda outfield. Field dimensions are 220 feet to center and 190 feet to left and right field.

In the spring of 1999, Lebanon Valley College unveiled a new softball field as part of the school's multi-million dollar athletic field project. The softball field includes terra cotta colored brick dugouts and grandstands to go with brick piers along the outfield fence and a warning track made of natural red stone that completely surrounds the field. Outfield dimensions are 210 feet in centerfold and 200 feet down the left and right field lines.

Barrington High School’s "Fields of Dreams" is a four-field baseball/softball complex, which plays host to the Barrington HS girls softball team and the Barrington Youth Baseball/Softball Organization, as well as numerous events throughout the year. The high school season begins in early march and the high school teams participate in "Spring Cleanup." The high school season runs until early June, while youth baseball/softball takes place from April through July. School District groundskeeper Steve Jenny is in charge of both the high school and youth summer seasons. The "Fields of Dreams" has played host to the AFA 14-Under national championship in each of the last four years. The facility was recognized by Athletic Business in 1995 for its success in constructing a community facility for its youth.

The University of Arkansas' "Lady 'Back Yard' is a four-year-old stadium built on the school’s former baseball field. The 'Yard is home to 60 games per year and the Arkansas State High School Softball Championships, as well as five clinics and camps put on by the Arkansas coaching staff. Seating capacity is 2,000. Arkansas was the national award winner last year.

Award winners were chosen by a panel of independent judges made up of grounds maintenance professionals selected by the NFCA and Turface.