SPORTS GALORE: What to name a stadium?


By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 11:44 am on Monday, October 24, 2011

If you haven’t heard by now, the Greenville Yellow Jackets football team will be playing in a new location next year.
With the season nearly over, there is only one thing left to do – besides finishing construction – and that is to name the field.

Greenville officials (story in Thursday’s Daily News) are asking for help in naming the new facility. They are taking recommendations and will pare it down to the best options and present it to the school board, who will make the final decision.

Some of the names already mentioned include Community Field, Legends Field and Heritage Field.

Of the three, I like Heritage Field best. Part of the definition says something that is passed down from preceding generations – a tradition.

This would be true of the new stadium as it was with Black Field.

A big push is being made by community members and Greenville staff to have the field named after longtime trainer Jeff “Doc” Day. Day has been a part of 486 games at Black Field and will be there for the new one, too.

I posted a question on The Daily News Facebook page yesterday and an overwhelming response was received in favor the naming it after Day.

Day, a lifelong Greenville resident, has made the commitment and dedication to the school that rivals few.

Obviously, with that being said, it should make him a candidate. The question is would he accept it?

At the volleyball match the other night I mentioned the buzz to him that has been going around regarding the naming. He acknowledged he had heard and quickly changed the topic and made a joke about naming it Aebleskiver Stadium.

I’m not sure he would want the attention, but is definitely deserving.

Final chance for playoff push

Tonight is a big night in high school football. It is the final chance for some teams to qualify for the playoffs and for others to solidify their position and possibly earn homefield advantage.

The Montabella Mustangs are in. They sit 7-1 overall and are looking for a school record eight wins at St. Louis tonight. Getting to eight wins would improve their chances of hosting the first game of the playoffs, but that doesn’t guarantee it.

The Central Montcalm Hornets are in a must-win situation to guarantee a playoff spot. They have to do it against Morley Stanwood (7-1) on the road. A loss would mean they would have to rely on playoff points to make it as a 5-4 team and it could snap their streak of four consecutive playoff appearances.

Greenville has to win, as well, to at least have a chance at 5-4. They are at Northview tonight.

On a side note, my alma mater, Livonia Churchill, needs to win its final game to qualify, and they have to do it against heated rival Livonia Stevenson. Go Chargers!

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