Then and Now: History Edition
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Then and Now: History Edition


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PAGE 2C: THEN & NOW PRESS & DAKOTAN n MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2017 This photo shows a pre-renovated Crane-Youngworth Field during Yankton High School s 2012 homecoming game, as shot by Dave Tunge of Dakota Aerial. Crane-Youngworth Entering New Era BY ROB NIELSEN A s football stadiums go, Crane-Youngworth Field has outlasted the bulk of them. Only two current NFL stadiums Soldier Field and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum remain that were around when Yankton s 1,500-seat concrete variation of the stadium was opened in 1926. Originally set aside as athletic fields, the site that would become Crane Field in 1901 has played host to the Yankton College Greyhounds and the Yankton High School Bucks for matchups that included everything from future Super Bowl winners to blizzards. Chuck Turner, who serves as the Yankton School District s supervisor of buildings/grounds, told the Press & Dakotan the stadium has been meaningful to the community especially since 1985 when Buck football became the sole proprietor of the stadium. It s home to Buck football period, Turner said. Yankton has a very strong football passion. One claim to fame for the field was being where Lyle Alzado played college football with Yankton College. Alzado would go on to play with the Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns and the Los Angeles Raiders with whom he would win a Super Bowl. Another memory came Halloween night of 1991. That night, in the opening round of the state football playoffs, the Bucks defeated Brandon Valley 7-0 in the middle of a raging blizzard. Each team gave up five fumbles over the course of the game as five inches of freshly fallen snow blanketed the field. While it may not have been the prettiest game to watch, the Press & Dakotan quoted then Bucks head coach Max Hawk as saying it would be a memorable game for all involved. That was fun, Hawk said following the game. The kids from both teams will remember this experience PHOTO: YANKTON COLLEGE An early shot of the stadium now known as Crane-Youngworth Field, looking south. Yankton College s buildings loom treelessly in the background. far after they remember who won or who lost. As time went along, the concrete structure of the stadium found itself succumbing to the ravages of time, and over the last couple of years, officials found themselves contemplating the future should a new stadium be built or should the Bucks move into a heavily modified Wil- liams Field on the campus of Yankton High School? Last year, the Yankton School District opted to rebuild the stadium at the same site. The old 1926 concrete grandstands were demolished this past May and the home side will move from the south to the north side of the field. According to Turner, the new stadium will include a roomier and handicapped-accessible press box, along with added restroom facilities and concessions. Delays in construction forced the year s first home game be moved to Freeman. Looking into the crystal ball, if we can get the synthetic field next year, that will have the most impact for the players, Turner said. What we re doing right now is more an improvement for the fans than it is for the actual players. The synthetic turf will dramatically change the football program. Having the new field will also help bring another type of football into Crane-Youngworth for the first time association football, or soccer. In addition to hosting YHS varsity soccer, starting in 2018, Mount Marty men s and women s soccer will also move into the stadium as part of a 10-year agreement with the Yankton School District. Follow @RobNielsenPandD on Twitter. We ve seen 62 mayors, several banks, floods and General Custer pass through Yankton. General George Armstrong Custer, a visitor to Yankton in 1874. After 145 years in Yankton, First Dakota National Bank has seen many things come and go. Everything from teepees to high speed internet, from hoop rolling to hoverboards, from General Custer to Sergeant Pepper. We ve developed a little perspective and a lot of wisdom. We know it takes time and good people to build something worthwhile. We have shown true grit and commitment in the relationships we have made. As a part of Yankton s past, we are involved in the creation of its future. We offer the financial products and services necessary for a vital economy. Over the years banks have come and gone, while First Dakota has grown. We owe that success to you who bank here and the employees who work here. We enjoy providing you with the service you deserve. Visit us soon. Member FDIC Yankton 225 Cedar Street 665-7432 2105 Broadway Avenue 665-4999
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