NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) - Peninsula Catholic High School rededicated its new soccer field Tuesday afternoon after vandals damaged it before it could be used.
A special blessing from a local priest and a ribbon cutting by the school's varsity soccer team all but erased the disappointment students felt Sept. 5 when what would have been the season's opening game was cancelled. Police say four suspects drove donuts in a pickup truck on the field, ripping the turf, making it unusable for athletic competitions.
The brand new $100,000 athletic field is new again with new sod, a replaced goal and motivated players. Two games were cancelled due to the vandalism and players are ready for competition.
Alexander Parr, a team captain, told WAVY.com "Just got to let it go. Things happen in life. Just got to move past it and keep a positive attitude."
Coach Rafael Mendivil told WAVY.com, "the kids are pretty excited. We've been talking about this for awhile. Improved from the field we used to play on."
Insurance has covered most of the repair costs along with money from the school.
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