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Construction delays keep ballplayers off the field

Sign at the Fairgrounds ballfields. - Photo by Celeste Cornish
Sign at the Fairgrounds ballfields.
— image credit: Photo by Celeste Cornish

The Olympic Trojans are sick and tired of being the other 4A school in the Central Kitsap School District.

And with recent news that the Trojan softball and baseball teams are not allowed to use the Kitsap County Fairgrounds ball fields for a second consecutive year, school officials and parents are letting the district know it.

“We just want an equitable situation,” Olympic athletic director Steve Lutz said. “We just want the kids to say Oly is first-rate. They can’t blindly look over our situation anymore. We have to deal with it straight up.”

Olympic is the only secondary school in the district without its own baseball facilities, and the Fairgrounds also is home to the Fairview and Olympic softball teams.

CKSD athletic coordinator Mike Akers found out before winter break that Olympic would not be able to use the fields in a conversation with Cris Gears, the director for Kitsap County Facilities, Parks and Recreation.

“Evidently, he made the decision and let Mike know he made the decision, due to the facilities, that they’re not available,” Lutz said. “There are things they have to do. The improvements aren’t done.”

Gears said the county tried to have the five fields (four are used for softball and youth soccer, one is baseball-only)

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