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Football loses practice field
LEBANON -- Friendship's football team has surrendered its practice field in order for the school to build a six-court tennis complex on that site.

Located on the south side of Pirtle Field and adjacent to the soccer field, construction has started with an eye on having the facility operational in February of 2016 -- in plenty of time for the spring season.

"The generosity of parents and grandparents of former and current tennis players and community friends is making this facility possible," said Friendship Christian President Jon Shoulders.

According to Shoulders, lights will not be a part of the initial construction project. "But we are prepping the site in order to add lighting later," Shoulders said.

In the short term, football will utilize existing facilities for practice.

"For the time being, we'll practice on our game field, the soccer field and in the outfield of the baseball field," FCS football coach and athletic director John McNeal said Monday. "We have made plans for the eventual construction of a small practice field behind our visitors bleachers."

Due to the lack of an on-campus tennis facility, FCS athletes have historically utilized the courts at Cumberland University for practice and matches.

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