Fields of Dreams
It's one of the biggest honors anyone can have bestowed upon them, living or posthumously, when a high school district decides to dedicate a football field in your name. Football is generally the most popular sport in town. The lights on Friday n...
It's one of the biggest honors anyone can have bestowed upon them, living or posthumously, when a high school district decides to dedicate a football field in your name. Football is generally the most popular sport in town. The lights on Friday nights seem to draw in fans like a flame does to moths. Fans talk about the game for the next few days, recalling certain plays, while gearing up for the next big game. Schools may have teams with more success in other sports, but there is something about that once-a-week athletic thrill. The anticipation of waiting an entire week to enjoy the atmosphere outdoors with friends. So when a football field bears your name, it truly is an honor.
Of the 20 football teams in the Tribune coverage area, six now have fields dedicated to someone who influenced that particular school district in one way or another. Two others have names not significant with an individual.
There currently is Yellow Medicine East's Volstead Field, Willmar's Hodapp Fiield, Dawson-Boyd's R.B. Clay Field, New London-Spicer's Pederson Field, Redwood Valley's Stephen P. Inglis complex and Benson's Brock Field.
All six honorees have passed away, but their legacies live on. As each year passes, the name becomes less familiar to the new generation. So we're going to take a look at each of the six dedicated football fields, giving new fans a history lesson and old fans a refresher course. We'll look at who each field is named for, a little background on that person, and when it was named.