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Published August 14 2011

Eagles open house: Davies athletic programs excited to have home facilities

FARGO - Fargo Davies High School athletics teams competed as nomads during their first varsity season last year.

The school was without an actual school building to call its own. It used somebody else’s football field, baseball diamond and basketball court. Players dressed in someone else’s locker rooms.

Davies played all of their games on the road because the school was still under construction in south Fargo.

But that life is a thing of the past.

Welcome home Fargo Davies athletes.

When students walk through the doors of Davies High for the first day of school on Aug. 25, they will likely notice the fresh smell of the wood support beams in the ceiling and the large, well-lit common area. Athletes will immediately gravitate to the gymnasium, competitive swimming pool, football stadium, weight room and locker rooms.

“I think everyone would probably say that the moment is here, the time has finally come that we are here” said Davies athletic director Lenny Ohlhauser, whose teams shared facilities with Fargo South, Discovery Middle School and with the Fargo Park District.

“This has been talked about for years and everybody has seen the process of the building being built out here, but nobody could get out here.

“There has been a lot of anticipation.”

The new home was worth the wait.

The Davies basketball arena has a large school logo at midcourt and seating for about 1,500. Small bleachers can be extended from each baseline to add to the atmosphere.

An eight-lane pool has poolside bleacher seating and concrete seats on a second level. Standup tables during meets could be added to a large open concrete area behind the second-deck seating, Ohlhauser said.

The football stadium overlooks a corn field at one end zone and the baseball and softball fields at the other end zone. An eight-lane track surrounds the football field.

The scoreboard reads: Home of Davies High School.

“It’s awesome,” Eagles football coach Jason Thielges said. “Last year was tough. We were practicing on an elementary field and we didn’t really have a home. It made things really challenging. The facilities (at Davies) are absolutely beautiful. We are just pumped to be here.”

Davies volleyball coach Heather Stuberg said playing on campus will help give the school an identity. And teams will finally have a home-court advantage.

“We talked a lot last year about protecting our home court,” Stuberg said. “But when there is a big Bruin paw on the middle of the court, it’s hard to do. A lot of teams are going to rally around the fact that this is their place. And it’s an amazing place.”

The school’s weight room is as impressive as any other part of the school.

There is a cardio room, with several elliptical machines and treadmills. And the main weight room, which has several window overlooking the main student parking lot and the football stadium, is bright, spacious and state-of-the-art.

Davies will officially open their athletics facilities at 6 p.m. Friday when the Eagles boys varsity soccer team hosts Minot. A junior varsity game will be played at 4 p.m.

The Davies soccer teams will play home games in the football stadium. However, there are two practice fields nearby.

“You can tell all of the coaches are excited to have their own facility,” boys soccer coach Nick Christianson said. “And when the kids walk in for orientation you can see their faces. They finally have an identity. This is their school, and they can now represent that.”

“There are some very neat things in here,” Ohlhauser added. “I look at the gymnasium. When the bleachers are pulled out, it’s just a neat atmosphere. Our colors are in there, our logos are in there. Wow, this is neat.”

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