Chieftain Field chosen for state
Tonganoxie`s new soccer field has been selected as the site for this year`s 4A State Championship game.
Chieftain Field, which has already been the site of a college-level game when Kansas City Kansas Community College played there earlier this season, is a full-sized field completed at the beginning of the season.
Chieftain Coach Harold Pittman said the field was wider than most other fields in the area.
He said that added space opens up teams` passing games and promotes more team-oriented play.
"We`ve got a good field," Pittman said. "Everybody`s been telling us how much they enjoyed playing here."
This year is a special one for area 4A schools.
After years of a combined 4A-5A state tournament, enough smaller schools have added soccer to their athletics programs to warrant a separate 4A tournament.
"Year after year, I see good 4A schools run into tough 5A schools and get knocked out," Pittman said.
So the Chief-tains are playing host to the inaugural 4A State Championship game.
"It sure would be nice if our team makes it," Pittman said.
The first round of games began Monday, but Tonganoxie received a bye because of its record. The first round continued on Tuesday, with regional finals scheduled for Thursday. The quarterfinals are scheduled for Oct. 31.
And the state games are Nov. 3-4.