By Ray Hamill — No home, no problem for the Eureka Loggers. They’re just glad they get to play this year.
With high school football canceled for most Mendocino and Lake county schools, not having a home field to play on right now doesn’t seem that big of a deal to the Eureka coaches and players.
“We’re taking the mindset that first and foremost we’re appreciative to be out there,” Eureka head Andrew Haraldson said. “We need to appreciate every moment and the kids are doing that and doing a great job.”
The state cleared the path for a return for football and soccer last week, and the H-DNL is hoping to kick off both seasons in the coming weeks, with teams returning to practice on Monday.
The Loggers, however, will not be able to play at Albee Stadium, or even practice at the school, with sink holes and severe drainage problems on the sports fields.
Albee Stadium is set to undergo a major renovation over the next couple of years, which will include an all-weather turf field, along with the addition of a new gymnasium at the school.
For now, the boys and girls soccer teams will practice and play at Washington Field, while the football team will practice at Zane Middle School and play all road games.
The H-DNL is still finalizing a football schedule and still working on getting approval from local health officials, but a proposed schedule would see scrimmages in two weeks and a five-game all-local season beginning on March 20.
Haraldson looked into possibly playing games at College of the Redwoods or Humboldt State, but was unable to secure either site.
“It was disappointing,” the coach admitted. “But we get to play football and we get to be out there, and we’re going to prepare and compete in every game.”
The proposed soccer schedule kicks off on March 17.