Seven Years of Lights
Tradition continues under the lights
The tradition Granville athletes look forward to almost as much as homecoming returns for its seventh year from Sept. 19 – 23 – it’s time for Lights Week.
Lights Week returns to Granville for the seventh time with games on four nights with a schedule of games under the lights for most outdoor varsity sports.
Gas-powered lighting units owned by the Whitehall Recreation League will once again be rented and hauled to town for nighttime competition by the varsity teams.
Among the sponsors for the annual week of games, Bernardo’s owner Ben Bernard said Thursday he was happy to be part of what has become a special tradition for the Granville athletics he enjoys so much.
“This was developed for the kids because school sports are all for the kids,” Bernard said. “When we started this I just wanted to see if it was going to work and I’m glad it did because it’s good for the school and good for the kids,” he said.
Last year the field hockey team missed their night game when the scheduled opponent Hoosick Falls refused to play at night. This year that won’t be a problem as the schedule and a team to play against, were worked out well in advance.
Despite some recent hard work, long hours and losses thanks to Tropical Storm Irene Bernard said all of the sponsors looked forward to putting the lights show on once again.
“We went through a tough period recently, but this is a good thing we can rally around and do something for the kids,” he said.
Bernard said one of the most rewarding things about getting involved in bringing lighting units to illuminate what are otherwise dark fields, is the fan support seen at all of the night games from the additional spectators who come out to the support other teams show for their fellow athletes often showing up with signs and painted faces.
“The response has been great every year, the community has really come out and supported the games,” Bernard said.
“It brings the community together; it really shows that it can work. I’m just glad to be a part of it,” Bernard said.
The week begins Monday night, Sept. 19 as the Granville Golden Horde boys soccer team hosts the Schuylerville Black Horses under the lights at 6:30 p.m. at the Telescope Fields.
On Tuesday night the girls soccer team also hosts Schuylerville, with the same 6:30 p.m. start time and same location.
Wednesday, Sept. 21 the field hockey team faces off against the Black Horses behind Granville Elementary.
Thursday night the lights will be idle.
Capping the Light Week festivities will be the Granville High School Homecoming Game as the Granville Golden Horde football team hosts the Mechanicville Red Raiders; kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Bernard said sharing the cost of the lights allows several area businesses to get involved without one taking on a huge financial burden during tough times.
The lights week is brought to the community through a combined donation by Bernardo’s, Camara Slate, M. Shaw Insurance, Manchester Newspapers, Subway and Zappone Chrysler Jeep Dodge.
Every Lights Night
Monday, Sept. 19,6:30 p.m.- Granville Golden Horde boys soccer hosting the Schuylerville Black Horses
Tuesday, Sept. 20,6:30 p.m.Granville Golden Horde girls soccer hosting the Schuylerville Black Horses
Wednesday, Sept. 21 Granville Golden Horde field hockey hosting the Schuylerville Black Horses
Thursday, Sept. 22 no lights game
Friday, Sept. 23,7 p.m.kickoff Granville Golden Horde football hosts the Mechanicville Red Raiders