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Walsh Jesuit ready to break ground on $1.5 million athletic project

By Michael Beaven Published: May 15, 2014

Walsh Jesuit High School will break ground on a $1.5 million turf and track project on May 23 at 2 p.m. at Conway Memorial Stadium.

The renovations will include a state-of-the-art synthetic turf field for the football team, an all-weather polyurethane 400-meter track and new field and meet equipment.

The football field will be named in honor of benefactors and alumni parents, Ron and Nancy Marhofer, and the track will be named in honor of benefactors and alumni parents, Marilyn and John Volpe.

Walsh Jesuit alumni Chris Scala (class of 1975) and Lou Ciraldo (class of 1971) provided project oversight and alum, Chris Wynn (class of 1979) donated many hours in design for the new complex.

“This upgrade is really a fantastic effort from our alumni parents, current families, alumni and friends of Walsh Jesuit,” Walsh Jesuit President Karl Ertle said in a prepared statement.

“We are thrilled with all that the new turf and track will offer each and every student who attends Walsh Jesuit. From our marching band, to our physical education classes, to our intramural sports, to our community and even CYO events; we can’t wait to utilize all that the complex will offer.”

The first phase of the project was completed in April with high efficiency lighting, three times as bright as the old direct current system and at one-third the cost. The Motz Group, out of Strongsville, Ohio will be the contractor for the project.

The project is estimated to take two months to complete. The first football game in the new stadium will be played on August 29, 2014.




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