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Bleacher bids for stadium due

Posted by on March 25, 2013 in News | 0 comments

Mike James, The Independent ASHLAND — Time is running out for hiring a contractor to install bleachers at a restored Putnam Stadium in time for the first Ashland Tomcats football game in August, which is why school officials are nervously awaiting the opening on Monday of bids for the project. The school board is meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday to review the bids and is expected to hire a contractor at the meeting. The construction window is short — the project will have to be “substantially complete” by Aug. 1 — and that means once a...

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Bleacher phase bids advertised on Monday

Posted by on March 11, 2013 in News | 0 comments

Mark Maynard, The Independent ASHLAND — It may be fourth-and-goal for the Putnam Stadium restoration project, but the game’s not over. Bids will be advertised on Monday for the bleacher phase, with a pre-bid meeting for contractors scheduled for Thursday at the stadium site. Final bids must be in by March 25, which may be just in time to have everything done for the start of the 2013 Ashland Tomcat football season. The bid specifically states the project is to be “substantially complete by Aug. 1, 2013.” The Tomcats’ first home game...

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Putnam demolition on hold

Posted by on February 15, 2013 in News | 0 comments

Mike James, The Independent ASHLAND — School officials are holding off on demolishing Putnam Stadium until they are sure they can find a contractor who will rebuild it at a price they can afford. Demolition bids are in hand, but the Ashland school board won’t hire a contractor until architects have had a chance to review bids for building new bleachers, and those bids won’t come in until next month, district business manager Tim Walters said. Of the 12 bids to demolish the 75-year-old stadium, the lowest was $59,900 and the highest was...

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This is just the beginning

Posted by on October 15, 2012 in News | 0 comments

Mark Maynard, The Independent ASHLAND — Putnam Stadium will always be Putnam Stadium to Greg Jackson no matter what changes come. He loves the place and defends it like he did as a player on the famed 1975 Ashland JAWS team. Jackson chairs an 11-member Putnam Stadium Restoration committee that has a heart for all things maroon. The news that the Ashland school board was approving $1.5 million for the renovation of the 75-year-old stadium was met with glee from Jackson and his committee. But it’s only the beginning. Five years ago, the...

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Putnam walls to come down after season

Posted by on October 15, 2012 in News | 0 comments

Mark Maynard, The Independent ASHLAND — The walls are coming down at Putnam Stadium. The Ashland Board of Education gave unanimous approval in a special meeting last week to spend $1.5 million on Phase I of a restoration project of the 75-year-old stadium after the Ashland Tomcats have played their last home game of the 2012 season. The crumbling concrete underbelly of the historic stadium has been a safety concern for several years, even decades, said Superintendent Steve Gilmore. There was no way to put a timetable on how long it would be...

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Phase 1 to begin after season

Posted by on October 9, 2012 in News | 0 comments

The Ashland Board of Education gave a unanimous approval in a special meeting last week to spend $1.5 million on Phase I of a restoration project of the 75-year-old Putnam Stadium. Construction work will begin after the  Tomcats have played their last home game of the 2012 season.

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Tomcats battle past physical Belfry

Posted by on October 6, 2012 in News | 0 comments

ROCKY STANLEY, The Independent ASHLAND Leon Hart called it likely the most physical game he has been involved in during a 10-year stint as Ashland’s head coach. On Senior Night, the Tomcats used big plays on both sides of the ball to beat Belfry 35-20 in a bruising battle at Putnam Stadium. Ashland lost its top offensive weapon, freshman running back Quinton Baker, to a sprained foot on the first series but turned to its passing game and a relentless defense in the matchup of Top 10-ranked teams. “It was a playoff atmosphere,” Hart said....

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Tomcats win on homecoming night

Posted by on October 1, 2012 in News | 0 comments

ROCKY STANLEY, The Independent ASHLAND Leave it to Ashland defensive end Cade O’Bryan to take matters into his own hands. O’Bryan, who is both large and opportunistic, stripped the ball from a Boyd County running back midway through the first quarter and rambled 32 yards untouched to the zone. The play triggered the Tomcats to a 56-16 Homecoming romp Friday night at Putnam Stadium. Ashland fans have seen it before. O’Bryan, 6-foot-3 and 245 pounds, had two fumble returns for touchdowns in the season opener against Lawrence County,...

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Freshman Baker big in blowout of Rowan

Posted by on September 22, 2012 in News | 0 comments

AARON SNYDER, The Independent ASHLAND — “Q” is becoming a master of drawing O’s all over the football field. Ashland freshman running back Quinton Baker spun circles around Rowan County tacklers on his way to four touchdowns in a Tomcats blowout of the Vikings on Friday night at Putnam Stadium. The scoreboard reading “48-0” painted about as pretty a picture as Ashland coach Leon Hart could have drawn up to open Class 4A, District 8 play. “We didn’t have a good week of practice,” Hart admitted. “It was almost like we...

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Ironton back breaks big play in win over Ashland

Posted by on September 15, 2012 in News | 0 comments

ROCKY STANLEY, The Independent IRONTON Ironton’s Mr. Big Play came through again. And again. And again. Senior halfback Patrick Lewis never seems to run out of heroic exploits. Just ask Wheelersburg, Russell, Gallipolis, and now Ashland. Just like the past three weeks, the hard-working runner with breakaway speed did his thing. Lewis bolted for three long scoring runs Friday night to send the Fighting Tigers past Ashland, 27-17, in a battle of unbeatens at jam-packed Tanks Memorial Stadium. “He did it again,” said first-year Ironton head...

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