King's Way christens new sports field

Knights host first soccer, football games on Saturday

By Paul Valencia, Columbian high school sports reporter

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The soccer team won. The football team lost. The big winners? The King's Way sporting community.

King's Way Christian hosted their first games Saturday on their new field on the private school's campus. More than 400 fans were there for the 8-man football game, the first true home game for the program after years of using other facilities for "home" games.

For now, the field is the attraction. Next week, the scoreboard will be installed. Eventually, there will be grandstands. And a track around the field. Lights are also part of the plan.

But the football and soccer teams wanted a home game this year so organizers scrambled to make it happen.

"It was finished yesterday," said Randy Graves, the field campaign manager, referring to maintenance done on Friday.

The synthetic field is lined for soccer, football, and lacrosse. Graves said King's Way is hoping to lease the field to other organizations when the school is not using the facility.

"It gives us a sense of community," said Mike Brown, superintendent for King's Way schools. "Every member of the King's Way community can be involved in this."

Now, there is one destination for King's Way home games.

"We are very appreciative of all the different venues and schools who have hosted us through the years," Brown said. "But it is something special about coming home."

Appropriately enough, it was Homecoming Week for King's Way.