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October 4, 2007 at 10:45 AM

You be the judge: grass vs. artificial turf

At all levels of competition, artificial turf is becoming the surface of choice. You see it at high school (Seattle’s Memorial Stadium), college (Husky Stadium) and professional (Qwest Field).

Not the AstroTurf that blew out knees left and right in the ’80s, but this new synthetic turf often referred to as Field Turf — the namesake of the product’s leading company.

Some love it. Some hate it. Some wonder if their grandkids will even know what it’s like to play on grass.

Studies have shown no significant difference in terms of injuries, between the two surfaces. Obviously, maintenance comes into play. As does frequency of use.

What do you think?

How does the artificial-turf revolution affect high-school sports? Which surface do you prefer to play on?

Any and all thoughts are welcome!

Morning stars

1. Lauren Barfield, Newport, volleyball — The 6-foot-5 senior backs up the hype with a 25-kill performance in fifth-ranked Knights three-set win over Mount Si.

2. Jake Webb, Skyline, boys golf — Webb shot a 1-under 35 at the Plateau Country Club in Sammamish, three shots better than the rest.

3. Roy Webster Jr., Puyallup, boys cross country — Webster set a school and course record with a 14:18 time at the 2.75-mile Wildwood Park. Finished over a minute ahead of the field.

Tonight’s big game

1. Kentwood vs. Federal Way, football, 7 p.m. — The Conquerors (4-1, 3-0 SPSL North) host the Eagles (4-1, 3-0) for sole possession of first place in the division.

2. Eastlake vs. Woodinville, girls soccer, 7:30 p.m. — The defending Class 4A champion Falcons (6-2-0, 2-1-0 KingCo 4A) faces a tough test in the unbeaten Wolves (7-0-0, 4-0-0).

3. Edmonds-Woodway vs. Shorecrest, volleyball, 7 p.m. — The second-ranked Scots (6-1, 1-1 WesCo South) take the court against a Warrior team (6-1, 2-0) that hasn’t lost a set since Sept. 18

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