NWJH rededicates football field

Football makes its return to Sarepta this fall in conjunction with a refurbishing of Zolon Stiles field that will include new field lighting and perimeter fencing, redesign of locker rooms and restrooms. A new concession area and other improvements will also accompany the updates. A rededication of the field will take place at 6 p.m. Monday, August 21.

Home games for North Webster Junior High were moved to Springhill a number of years ago, relegating the campus field to practice use only. The slow deterioration of the stadium along with the loss of home campus games proved less and less satisfactory, leading to an effort spearheaded by campus Principal Gwenzetta Bradford and her staff along with District 3 School Board Representative Charles Strong, who began planning efforts for the return of games at the Zolon Stiles field at North Webster Jr. High. Architect Perry Watson, who designed Sarepta’s new campus, was tagged to oversee the redesign. The campuses’ maintenance tax fund is being utilized for the improvements.

According to Bradford and Strong, there has been strong desire and support for bringing home games back to the campus, and for keeping the entire facility in good repair and full use. Faculty, staff and students are excited. The community is encouraged to SUPPORT THE CHARGERS as they make their way back to playing on their home field.

The field is 99% complete as the lights are already in place, the perimeter cleanup including brush removal is complete, new fencing is complete, a new concession stand has been built, and work continues full speed ahead for football to come back home for the North Webster Junior High Chargers in the fall of 2023.

Head Coach, Brian White states, “I am so appreciative and excited about our new stadium at NWJH. I know the students will be fired up about it. We look forward to a new look with a new attitude going into this season.”
Mrs. Bradford states, “When I’m able to welcome the community to our field and see our football players play, then it will be 100% complete.”

We would like to thank all parties involved because this took a team of people as well as the efforts and the care of managing things while it was a work in progress.

Thanks to Principal Gwenzetta Bradford for her desire to make lasting improvements, bring the community together, and promote a stronger quality of dedication and commitment for everyone.

Thanks to Assistant Principal Mr. Lonnie O’Neal for caring for and helping to manage the project.

Thanks to Mr. Jeff Franklin, Supervisor of Transportation, Maintenance, and Security for his part in managing and spearheading the project.

Thanks to District 3 School Board Representative, Mr. Charles Strong for his support and his dedication to rebuilding the community.

Thanks to Superintendent Johnny Rowland for his commitment to serve every community in a capacity that will allow growth and prosperity.

Thanks to all the companies who helped to rebuild and renew this project.

The 2023 Charger football schedule follows: 8-22-23 Haynesville @ NWJH

8-29-23 Farmerville @ NWJH 9-5-23 NWJH @ Homer 9-12-23 Homer @ NWJH 9-19-23 TBD

9-26-23 Caddo Magnet @ NWJH

10-10-23 NWJH @ Haynesville
Enjoy Charger football at home with us. Go Chargers!