The venerable Oberlin Stadium was officially retired from athletic competition this weekend as the Phoenix junior varsity football team, the girls soccer team, and the boys soccer team all held closing contests Saturday.
The venue opened in the fall of 1974 when the home team bleachers, light stanchions, and press boxes were moved — courtesy of the Oberlin Athletic Booster Club and city — from the former high school, which is now Langston Middle School.
The field and pitch hold many memories, from the championship football teams of the 1970s to the inaugural boys and girls soccer games in the 1970s and 2000s, respectively.
And many Oberlin alumni recall the marching band light shows that have created excitement and thrilled the crown each year.
As for the closeout action, the JV gridders lost a tough one to Clearview 22-12. With both the soccer teams celebrating Senior Day, they split with Wellington — the girls dropping a 5-0 decision to the league-leading Dukes before the boys team closed the day’s action with a resounding 7-2 victory.
Scoring for the boys were Syncere Shahid with two goals and Julian Cross, Jovanni Neal, Roman Robinson, Kieran Thornhill, and Silas Jenkins with one apiece. Jack Page recorded a pair of saves in the net to secure the win.
Oberlin’s soccer teams will play on the road to close out the season during the next couple weeks. The football team, which has three remaining home contests, will play those games under the lights at Oberlin College’s Bailey Field.