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Waynesboro Stallions youth football team galloping home to new field on Welty Road

August 01, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com
  • "Guest" no more. The Waynesboro (Pa.) Stallions are moving back to town by creating a field on Welty Road. The field's new scoreboard was installed recently.
By Jennifer Fitch

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — The Waynesboro Stallions youth football team is coming home.

After a few years of playing north of town in Quincy Township, Pa., 125 football players and nearly 100 cheerleaders ages 5 to 14 will soon be on their own field in the Borough of Waynesboro.

“It’ll be amazing to play on a field of our own,” said Greg Wade, president of the nonprofit organization.

When a construction project at Waynesboro Area Senior High School started in 2007, the Stallions lost use of the field they were using.

League officials attempted to move the activity to Pine Hill Regional Recreation Area in Washington Township, Pa., but met opposition from neighbors.

Wade spoke highly of the Quincy Township Ox Roast Association, which offered use of its facilities off Pa. 997. He said volunteers still expect to help the association with its annual fundraising weekend to show gratitude.

“It’s still bittersweet (to leave Quincy), but at the same time, we want to be the ‘Waynesboro’ Stallions again,” Wade said.

Three weeks ago, the Stallions broke ground for a field through a property agreement with Otterbein Church. The site on Welty Road is adjacent to the future home of the church.

The Stallions received a donated scoreboard from Benito Vattelana of Edward Jones financial services and goal posts from Johnson Controls (the former Frick Co. of Waynesboro). Manitowoc Crane Group is sandblasting and painting those goal posts today.

Even with significant donations and donated labor, the Stallions are financing some of the construction and materials.

“We’re still going to have to fundraise $30,000 to $40,000,” Wade said.

Framing is under way for the structure of the equipment room, storage room and press box.

And Wade said there should be a roof in place this weekend.

“We are moving quickly, and we are getting a lot of help in the community to help it go quicker,” said Gary Peck Sr., a board member.

“The scoreboard went up today, so that’s a huge milestone,” Wade said Thursday.

The Stallions will host a celebratory dedication for the public from 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 17. Former Stallions players are planning to return for an alumni flag football game.

“Coming back to the borough means a lot to us,” Wade said.

Peck, one of the Stallions’ founders from the 1970s, coached his son, Gary Jr., in the Waynesboro Stallions and now serves as his son’s assistant in coaching the varsity team.

“I just love football,” Peck said. “I had kids go through it. I had and still have grandkids going through it.”

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