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Stop those bulldozers: Taft Senators may need Stargel Stadium for one more game

Posted at 3:21 AM, Oct 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-27 03:30:25-04

CINCINNATI - They might have to wait a little longer before they tear down Stargel Stadium.

The Taft Senators may need it for one more game.

Willard Stargel

Taft's 28-8 victory over Aiken Friday in what was supposed to be the final game on the West End field may have earned the Senators a home game in the first round of the Ohio Division IV, Region 16 playoffs next weekend.

The final playoff pairings won't be announced until Sunday.

READ WCPO's playoff projections.

Before Friday's game, Cincinnati Public Schools paid tribute to Stargel, a legendary coach and teacher at Taft and Walnut Hills High School and a star athlete at Old Woodward High School and the University of Cincinnati.

Josh Hardin, athletic director of Cincinnati Public Schools, presented a plaque to Willard Stargel's youngest son, Jason Stargel,  in a ceremony on the field attended by the Stargel family and CPS leaders.

Stargel Stadium in the West End with the Downtown skyline to the south.

Stargel Stadium will be demolished to make room for FC Cincinnati's Major League Soccer Stadium. A new Stargel Stadium to be used by Taft and other CPS schools will be built across the street from Taft  on Ezzard Charles Drive.

READ why Willard Stargel was a giant figure in the West End and in Cincinnati sports.