FC: Hawk Stadium - how the dream became a reality!
1: It started out as a conversation between several men at an away track meet in 2007, which soon turned into a big dream for them. They put together a non-profit organization and found others in the community willing to help who were as excited as they were.
2: The men who first discussed the idea of a new track and field at the Burnside track meet, were Jim Uthe, Kevin Thiele, & Max Phillips. The idea spread around the community and soon many people wanted to help and a committee was formed: Jim Uthe- President, Teri Mayfield- Secretary, Brian Crnkovich- Treasurer, Lance Kooiker- Fundraiser. The committee began holding monthly meetings, which soon turned into weekly meetings. They dreamed, they planned and they began the fundraising efforts. Jim Uthe was a huge part of making this whole thing happen and become a reality. Not only did he spend countless hours in the planning stages and fund raising efforts but he, and his family, also put many hours of hard labor and their own money into the project. The school board voted to name the new stadium, "Uthe Stadium" to honor the man that had the dream and determination to see this project through, but being the humble man he is, he asked the committee to reconsider and leave the name "Hawk Stadium", and they could honor him by naming the track "Uthe track & field."
3: Now to share with you how the Woodward Granger football field and track went from this... | To this... with a lot of dreams, ideas, fund raising, community support, monetary donations as well as in-kind donations!
4: Prior to construction on the Woodward-Granger track and field, the field ran east to west, and the cinder track was 440 meters long.
5: Before every home football game, the boys walked down Hawk Drive to the field. November 2, 2009 was the last time the team walked down that road to the "old field." The Hawks won their final game against Panorama, 34-6. The last track meet, "Hugh Cavanaugh Relays" was held in 2002.
6: After the last home football game of 2009, a ground breaking ceremony was held. During the ceremony, community members had a bonfire on the field, and the "first dig" was made by Jim Uthe, Jennifer Pierce (School board member), Bill Dean (Woodward Academy), and Jody Gray (Superintendent.) While history was being made, parents discussed the future of Woodward-Granger athletics and how this project would make an impact on the community and future athletes. | The community celebrated the last win, on the old field together.
7: Construction quickly started after the final game.
8: Construction continued... | ..and continued.. | ..and continued.
9: Construction still continued... | ...and continued.
10: Even with the track not finished, the first football game was played and won on August 27, 2011, against Prairie Valley.
11: Details on the stadium were still being worked on until, April 7, 2011, when the first meet was hosted. Due to weather, the meet was not finished. It was rescheduled and postponed once again because of weather. As of now, a new date has not been set.
12: Fundraising Events: -5k run -Can collection -141 garage sale -Advertising -Asking for donations from businesses -Benefit concerts -Donations by individuals and families -Pancakes breakfasts -Spaghetti dinners -K-12 competition -Auction -Granger Days Barbeque -Car raffle -Elementary Carnival -T-shirt sales | Special thanks to the Woodward Academy for the $250,000 pledge. Woodward-Granger and Woodward Academy, share the new track and field as a home stadium.
13: "Rocks of Support", the entrance of the new stadium, lists individuals and families who made a $1,000 donation or more. (Listed as printed on bricks.) | Aldrich Land Surveys Banning Family Earl & Gloria Beaver Beneventi Chevrolet The Bermel Family Maggie, Briley & Nick Bermel Edible Arrangements Darrol & Helen Bice Mike & Kathy Bice Brandon Bice Stephanie Bice Harris Lindsey Bice Ocker Bice Trans Laurie & Tim Bice Wayne - Alisha Alyssa -Alex Bice Blue Flame Fuel Tim & Laurie Bice Mike Blazer Blazer Electric Alex Bodermann Evan Bodermann John & Mary Bustad Joe Bustad Ann Cosimano Allie Bustad Anna Bustad Drew Rice | Jennings Turf Services Gene & Maggie Jennings Knuth Farms Kooiker Family Steve & Beth Krehbiel Joel Krehbiel 2011 Ben Krehbiel 2015 J. Hunter Krichel Grant Krichel Kuehl Brothers LLC Scott & Barb Kuehl Sarah Kuehl "2011" Blake Kuehl "2013" #64 Emily Kuehl "2016" Faith Kuehl "2021" Robert & Valerie Kuehl "1985" Austin Kuehl "2009" Miranda Kuehl "2013" "Kuehl" #50 1984 Football Playoff Team #50 Harold D Kuehl Class of 1957 W.D. Lytle Family MAFCO Inc. Charlie Manning Jack Manning Haley Manning Alec Marshall | Alex Rice Jason Brown Tanner & Logan Canova Don & Kathleen Connor Dean Elliott Michael Connor Sean Connor Doris & Carl Crnkovich Talyor, Cory & Snyney Crnkovich Mike & Patty Crozier Melissa, Mike & Matt Danilson Ronald & Juli Danilson Daughtery Construction Anne & Ken Denger Verla Elliott Elliott - Stoering Family Envision Woodward! Larry & Marie Frantum Ashley, Jerilyn & Luke Geneser Kendall & Sherri Geneser Jodi Gray H&H Plumbing, Inc Chris & Kim Hansen Mary, Matthew, and Lucas Hansen Hodges Family Dan - Jodi Riley - Reese - Rian Jamison
14: Ryan Mayfield Bob & Teri Mayfield Sean & Amy Meusburger Frank Milani Lindsey (Uthe) Milani Nicholas Miliani Oliver Miliani Minburn Telephone Lee & Debbie Moran Abby Musser Jacob Musser NAI Electrical Contractors In memory of Paul Newbrough Paula Newbrough Chris & Jill Newland Lilli & Jackson Newland Britt Jr-2009 Brenna-2012 Osbor Ben Parsons and Jacob Parsons Wanda Paulsen Peaceful Lodge A.F. & A.M. Dan & Shannon Peterson and Family Max & Sherrill Phillips Aaron Phillips Kate Phillips Madison Phillips Pleva Mechanical Inc. Mark & Sue Pleva Ariel Pleva Class of 2000 | Andrew Pleva Class of 2003 Sentry Valve Co. Inc. Eric & Stephanie Polich Ramsey Concrete Construction Toby, Kristin & Tanner Ramsey Tjaden Mallory In Memory of Howard Ramsey Howard & Ruth Ramsey Michael & Janice Ramsey Logan Roberts Landon Roberts Rothfus Family Reghan Santi Brian & Genie Olesen Schueler Family Howard & Deb Schutt Doyle & Denise Scott Scott Family Katie Seivert 2009 Mark Seivert 1982 Marty Seivert 2007 Missy Seivert 1983 Mark & Missy Seivert Bill & Joan Siglin William M. and Virginia J. Siglin Snyder & Associates Bob & Jane Sturgeon Brandi, Brittni & Bud Sweeney
15: In Memory of Ed & Kathy Sweeney Jessica and Jennifer Taylor Amber, Terra & Payton Tague Kevin Thiele Bill Thorpe Family Grand Junction Dennis & Rose Tiernan Mark & Gina Tiernan Tometich Engineering Total Quality, Inc. Jim & Cathy Uthe Michael Uthe Katie Uthe Veenstra & Kimm In memory of Elton B Wade Frances A Wade Mark & Karen Weiss Jozy Welch Luke Welch Wells Fargo Bank Granger, Iowa Ray & Carol Wendel West Central Co-op Dylan Wiedner Tyler Wiedner Wiedner Family VanWall Group Classes of 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020, 2022 W-G Youth Tackle Football | W-G High School Booster Club W-G Elementary PTO Woodward Academy | Thank you to everyone for making this possible!
16: Made by: Jadyn Kooiker Class of 2011 Senior Project
17: As the memories continue......