Carmen Garrett Armistead walked onto the field that was painted with bright colors to welcome the crowd to the ceremony on Friday afternoon.
The St. Pius X High School head of school concluded the ceremony to dedicate the new turf field at the school’s Parsley Field at Kubiak Stadium by walking around the field and sprinkling holy water around the field alongside Deacon Pat Hancock, a St. Pius X class of 1973 graduate.
Hancock had just finished blessing the field along with Deacon Ed Herrera, St. Pius X class of 1969 graduate.
“The center of this field has been home to boisterous celebrations and silent disappointments. It has been the place of legend and legacy, all formed by this Dominican school,” proclaimed Armistead. “This new field is more than just a field; it is a sign of hope. It is a sign that St. Pius X High School is a school on the move. It is a school with a vision. it is a school with a shining future.”
She remarked that the field is not only the home of Panther football, but also of Panther rugby, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls lacrosse, the Panther band, the Pantherette drill and dance team, the cheerleaders, and, occasionally, even the school choir.
“We at St. Pius X are always blessed, and we are blessed to have benefactors, friends, faculty, staff, parents, and students who always step up and do the right thing, generously giving up their time, talent, and treasure,” Armistead remarked about the countless people who made the new turf field possible.
“I’m excited for the student athletes, the St. Pius community and the amazing tradition that we are going to continue on this field,” stated St. Pius X athletic director Jeff Feller. “Back there is several state championships (pointing to the 12 state championship posters that are at the top of the visitor’s bleachers), and we are going to continue that legacy. This is truly a field fit for a Panther.”
He mentioned the field’s utility and ease of upkeep in addition to its beauty.
As an example, he talked about Tropical Storm Beta that had come through the area earlier in the week and stated that, if the field had been a grass field, it likely would have been ruined for the rest of the season. Instead, the new field looked as good as new.
The Panthers play at Parsley Field at Kubiak Stadium, named in honor of Robert H. Parsley and Georganna Strake Parsley and Texas High School Football Hall of Famer Gary Kubiak, (St. Pius X class of 1979) who led the Panthers to three consecutive state championships as quarterback.
St. Pius X won their first game on the new field, beating Lutheran North 42-6. St. Pius X received the opening kickoff and marched down the field to score a touchdown on the first drive played on the new field.