Move over Boise State. You have competition. The Broncos' blue artificial surface will not stand alone in the football world. The Barrow High Whalers are about to get a blue turf, according the Cathy Parker of the site Project Alaska Turf.
The move to blue was a cost decision, according to Parker, a Jacksonville-area accountant who has been spearheading the movement to raise $500,000 to have an artificial field installed in July next to the Arctic Ocean.
The Whalers, who were training in the Lower 48 the past month, headed home Thursday and by all accounts, their visit was a smashing success. The team arrived last month in Jacksonville, and trained with Bartram High, which includes Clemson commitment Kyle Parker, son of Cathy Parker (listen to our radio interview with Cathy by clicking here). Players also frolicked on the beach and went to Disney World.
"They left here and traveled to Nashville where they participated in another camp," Parker writes. "Seven of the Whalers started in the scrimmage held on the last day of that camp. They sat down with the Governor of Tennessee before departing for their trip out West."
The team ended up in Chadron, Neb., and participated in a camp at Chadron State College. Then the Whalers packed up and headed for Denver and the return trip to Barrow.
Although Parker's fundraising efforts remain short of the $500,000 goal and she continues to ask for donations, Barrow officials have agreed to meet the difference to get the artificial turf installed.