There is a certain electric excitement through the town of Amherst this week.
“It doesn’t matter where you go, for coffee to dinner, gas station everybody knows who you are,” said Amherst Principal Mike Klieforth. “They’re talking about it, asking you questions, so it’s definitely around the community and it’s a hot topic of conversation.”
That topic, the completion and grand opening of the new state of the art athletic facilities at Amherst high school, a project a long time in the making.
“It’s something that the school has looked at for probably a decade now,” said Falcon Pride Fundraising committee member Gregg Gutschow. “But the last two years or so is when it really took off and we thought that this is something that could possibly become reality.”
It was a reality was made possible through the $4.2 million Falcon Pride Project. A staggering almost $2 million of which came from donations showing just how much the community cares about the school.
“There’s always been pride behind the facilities that we have,” said Amherst native and current Amherst high school activities director Shawn Groschek. “But now having this, it’s a step above the vast majority of high school athletic facilities in the state of Wisconsin.”
“You know it’s their little diamond that they can take places and say look what we have which is great,” agreed Klieforth. “Not a lot of people have something like this that are our size, so it’s something for the kids to feel proud of and take pride that their community is behind them and supports them to put something like this in.”
The Falcons Junior Varsity football team and Varsity soccer team were the first two to play on the new field on Monday. The varsity football team will take to the field for the first time as they host Weyauwega-Fremont this Friday.