Jesup now has a regulation size soccer field
By Cheryl Parker

When Richard and Pam Trumbauer purchased the field to the east of the Jesup soccer complex last fall, they carved out 2.1 acres to resell to the City of Jesup. With that additional ground, Jesup now has a regulation size soccer field. This forward thinking will allow Jesup students an opportunity to participate should soccer become a school-sanctioned sport in the future.
Currently the soccer complex is being used by young people participating in the Cedar Valley Soccer Club. Other members of the club are from Aplington-Parkersburg, Cedar Falls, Dike-New Hartford, Gladbrook-Reinbeck, Grundy Center, Hudson, Independence, Janesville, LaPorte City, Traer-Dysart and Waterloo.

Amy Schares is the new Community Coordinator of the Jesup league, taking the reins from Amy Youngblut who was Community Coordinator when the transaction occurred. The Cedar Valley Soccer Club is open to boys and girls, grades 1 through 12. Other board members include Brad Wilson, Fields Director; Matt Perez, Coaching Director/Referee Coordinator; Angel Copp, Community Registrar; and Jill Chemin, Sponsorship Coordinator. Check out their website at www.cedarvalleysocceerclub.org or their Facebook page for more information about soccer opportunities for Jesup youth.

There were many parties who donated time, materials, and finances to support this achievement. The soccer club would like to recognize some of the major players:

• The City of Jesup had the foresight to add to the soccer complex when land became available. The City also added a driveway off of North Street and will be rocking the new parking area next year.

• Jesup Land Improvement brought in roughly 100 loads of dirt and used GPS components on their equipment to level it - literally laser precision. The grade cannot have more than 1% slope.

• B&B Farm Store mixed and prepared the seed

• ECIC fertilized the field

• Randy Bast fixed the tile and changed the inlets.

The ground was seeded with athletic turf grass and some rye; the remainder was seeded with regular grass and oats for a cover crop. (Because the seeding was done in the heat of summer, the other grasses serve to protect the turf grass until it is mature enough to survive.) The grasses will take over a year to develop the ground to the point it will be suitable for use as a practice and playing field.

Fall season begins September 8 and will run for six weeks with three home games and three away games. After a winter break, games will resume in the spring season. As of press time, the schedule had not yet been determined.
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