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Posted: Friday, July 6, 2018 10:04 am

The days of making phone calls to check if Goulds Park was available to rent for their sports teams to use for games and practices are over.

Somerset Academy Silver Palms is taking over the Princeton Christian School and its athletic facilities with additional plans for upgrades in the near future.

“I’m hoping in the next two to three years to make a huge impact in the community there in the South Cutler Ridge and Princeton area,” Somerset Silver Palms athletic director Ken Floyd said.

Somerset will now play its football, baseball, softball, and volleyball games at the Princeton Christian School grounds while benefitting from obtaining a large weight room.

“We just took July 1st and that’s going to be our home field for all of our facilities until we get the new high school,” Floyd said.

The high school is set to have a new location off 248th Street and 124th Avenue. Floyd expects the school to have an increase of 100-200 students to have about 700 in total with the expectation of continuing its growth.

“I anticipate growing a lot especially as the facilities come online and people become aware of the great situation academically and athletically,” Floyd said.

The school is set to break ground on a new gymnasium in the near future with hopes of having it completed in six to eight months and ready to use for the 2019-20 school year. It is currently in the permitting process.

“It is a fully-functional gym with a huge weight room, facilities, and two stories overlooking the gym,” Floyd said.

Floyd hopes to have a football stadium with artificial turf on the property west of the high school beginning in 2020.

“There’s a lot of plans right now,” he said. “We’re working at it right now and that way we can compete with anybody.”

Floyd is pleased with the academic situation at Somerset Silver Palms, which he believes will help attract more quality players and coaches to the school.

“Our school grades—we are A’s across the board from elementary to the high school,” Floyd said. “There’s very few schools that out-score us that are public schools.”

The Stallions’ football team, coached by Javi Valdes, is coming off a 1-8 season without a home field. The team had seven players on the team shortly before last season before eventually expanding to 28. This year’s team has nearly 50 players participating in preseason workouts.

“I believe that we’re on the right track,” Floyd said. “We’re going to be very competitive this year. We’re growing and we have the nice weight room now. Things are going in the right direction with our football program.”

Floyd hopes the football team is on an upward progression along with the rest of the athletics at Somerset Silver Palms.

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