Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Teams Get Community Support High School Squads Borrow Practice Sites

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Teams Get Community Support High School Squads Borrow Practice Sites

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Bartram Trail High School's unofficial motto seems to be borrow while you build, and that applies to the new school's football, golf and girls volleyball and swim teams.

So until the new Northwest St. Johns County school's gymnasium, baseball, softball and football facilities are done, Principal Jim Springfield said his teams are "spreading out," using both public and private facilities to practice and compete.

That means the boys and girls swim teams practice in the pool at the South Hampton subdivision swim club, while the girls golf team plays at the South Hampton golf course.

The Bartram Bears football team practices at the county soccer park on Race Track Road, then plays home games at rival Nease High School. And while the boys golf team plays at The Champions Club at Julington Creek Plantation, the volleyball games are held at Switzerland Point Middle School.

"It is just good cooperation between these groups," Springfield said. "The golf courses are happy and it is good for the sport. We don't have enough property, and it is way too expensive to do golf on our property, and to make good use of the pools is good, too. We will always depend on the community. That is why we want to be part of the community and let them depend on us for some things."

Cheryl Graham, spokeswoman for the 960-acre South Hampton development on County Road 210 a few minutes from the high school, said "it is a perfect situation" for the swim team, which practices every weekday afternoon, while the girls golf team practices every Monday.

"With Bartram being so new and the high school-age children in our community going there, we liked to show our support when they asked for our help," she said. "It is working out great. The kids seem to be happy, and the residents seem to be happy."

St. Johns County officials built the high school near Sampson because of population growth in the northwest part of the county. Classes at the $31 million, 1,500-student school started Aug. …

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