On a crisp, cold night last night, intrepid Spartan sports fans, students, parents, and family members gathered for the grand reopening of St. Johns' soccer field. After extensive renovations to improve field performance and drainage, St. Johns is proud to unveil the revamped field for the 2018-2019 season. Director of Athletics Traci Livingston opened the ceremony, introducing members of administration and Mr. and Mrs. Brad and Tyree Crews and their children.
"I would like to recognize and personally thank Brad and Tyree Crews along with their children Payton, Paige, Paxton, and Parker as well as Brad’s father, Mr. Pat Crews, for making this new field possible," said Head of Administrative Affairs Tanya Powers. "It was a field of champions before, but now thanks to the Crews family support it is a field for champions!"
Then Mrs. Powers introduced Head Soccer Coach Mike Pickett, who has led the St. Johns soccer program for nearly 20 years. She listed the incredible statistics:
- 2 time National Champions and, for the past two years, two consecutive perfect seasons
- 10 state championships
- 72 consecutive wins and 85 games without a loss
- And the list goes on!
"So many of our Spartans have been influenced, coached, counseled, and inspired by Coach Pickett over the years," said Mrs. Powers. "His passion and commitment to not only the game but to our students and St. Johns is awe inspiring and is a tradition in and of itself." With that in mind and without further ado, St. Johns pulled back the curtain to unveil the Michael L. Pickett Field.
"It has been wonderful over the years," said Mrs. Fisher, "for Rod and me to have watched Mike both play and coach Spartan soccer. As a youngster, Mike already ran circles around the varsity players and now he's teaching his girls to do the same. Naming the field for Mike honors the legacy of the many years he has dedicated to St. Johns."
Mrs. Fisher cut the ribbon with the help of the youngest Crews family member, Parker Crews '31, and the field was officially christened.
With this honor, Coach Pickett and his Spartan Girls Varsity Soccer team took to the field to warm up for the season opener against Oak Hall, while the boys team took charge on the lower field. And what season openers they were, with the girls winning 8-0 at the half under the mercy rule and the boys taking Oak Hall 7-0.
Congratulations, Coach Pickett and Spartan soccer players!
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