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New soccer field opens at Wisdom Middle/High School

Jennifer Daigle speaks to those gathered in St. Agatha on Tuesday, Aug. 29, for the dedication of a new Wisdom Middle/High School soccer field named in honor of her late parents, Richard and Carol Derosier. (Don Eno | SJVT/FhF)

ST. AGATHA, Maine — Organizers, fans and the family of the late Richard and Carol Derosier gathered on Tuesday for the official opening of a new Wisdom Middle/High School soccer field named in their honor.

“A lot of long hours went into this,” Jennifer Daigle, one the Derosier’s’ daughters, told those assembled at the field Tuesday. “There has been tremendous support.”

The Richard & Carol Derosier Memorial Field, informally called the “Field of Dreams,” was many years in the making, according to Kevin Lavoie, Wisdom High School’s former athletic director and current girls’ soccer coach.

Speaking prior to the official ribbon cutting, which proceeded a Wisdom versus Ashland girls’ soccer game, Lavoie spoke of the Derosiers enthusiasm when he approached them in 2007 with the idea of converting an old farm field into a new soccer field.

“If it’s for the kids, I am all in,” Lavoie recalled Richard Derosier telling him back then.

Family of the late Richard and Carol Derosier gathered in St. Agatha on Tuesday, Aug. 29, for the official opening of a new Wisdom Middle/High School soccer field named in their honor. (Don Eno | SJVT/FhF)

With donated labor and equipment from the Army Corps of Engineers, the first phase of the new field was completed in 2015. Following that, Lavoie and a committee of supporters organized many volunteers to seed the field and make finishing touches.

A third and final phase will involve the installation of lights, although no completion date has been set for that. Currently, Wisdom has to play both of its boys’ and girls’ soccer games at the same time, so that they can be completed before sundown.

The girl’s previously played on a shared baseball/soccer field, with a pitcher’s mound and base lines. This made for awkward and dangerous play, Lavoie said.

“It means a lot,” said Daigle, who recalled playing sports on the old field.

Daigle said she can see part of the field from the Lakeview Restaurant, which she now manages and which her parents created.

“Kevin did so much work,” on the project, Daigle said after the ribbon cutting. “So many people helped. People were out here raking the field by hand to get it done.”

Players from the high school and middle school teams gathered at Tuesday’s ceremony, which included a flag presentation by National Guard member Allen Gervais and the national anthem sung by Denise Thibeault.

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