Independence High School Pushing for New Softball Fields

By Ellen Kurt, KCRG-TV9

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa — Independence High School is changing and developing its campus and that’s starting with getting all of their sports fields in one location.

“A lot of schools and parents think we are all over the place. Our soccer field is at the old school … our football team is at the middle school, our basketball and wrestling [are at the new high school]. I mean we’re everywhere,” Cecily Corkery, senior, said.

That’s why Our Town Independence is making the final push to end the everywhere and bring everything together. High school and Middle school students just finished their first year in their new building. The next step is outside.

“While we had this nice school, the only bad thing was that we had to travel to and from which [is a hassle] especially after school when the parking lot gets busy, and you have to get to your practice at a certain time,” Nicholas Holt, Junior, said.

Through penny tax, PPEL funds and donations, the district will build all of its sports fields on the school’s 42 acre campus in the next three years. It’s already started laying turf on the school’s football field. It’s a process with a lot of community support.

“It’s just been a tremendous asset to our community and to our school,” Brandon Krusey, Independence High School Activities Director, said. “There has been a whole lot more pride that has shown up there.”

There’s so much support the district added softball and baseball fields to its immediate plans.

“That was something we wanted to do long term, we just didn’t know when that was going to happen,” Jean Peterson, Independence Community School District Superintendent, said. “Because of that interest and their willingness to help donate to a project like that, that really helped create this final push.”

“ I think that’s amazing because not everywhere you go there’s the community support. They don’t care, but our community cares so much it’s almost unreal,” Corkery said.

All the fields will sit between the high school and East and West Elementary Schools near Trotter’s Trail. Student athletes are excited to show them off.

“More people are amped to show up to a nice field or a nice building, because they think it’s pretty and it makes you feel like a star,” Corkery said.

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