Ingalls Field advertising board

One could forgive Warren “Sherm” Sherman if he was ready to retire from the business of improving Ingalls Field through his volunteer work.

After all, he’s already put in decades of work making Ripon’s football, track and soccer facility into one of the finest in the region.

But even though his health has kept him out of the game for the last few years, Sherm finds himself called back by a higher power.

“I’m 86 — I’ll be 86 in October — and He’s not done with me yet,” Sherm said, laughing. “That’s the only conclusion I can come to.”    

This time, he’s seeking new advertisers for the sign behind the visitors’ bleachers — an exercise that could net hundreds of thousands of dollars to ensure the

Ingalls Field facility remains top of the line for the next generation of athletes to come.

“God works in mysterious ways,” Sherm said.

a job in the field

In fact, that’s why he became involved in the Ingalls Field volunteer group years ago, he explained.

“The good Lord has been moving me on Ingalls Field since [the early 1980s],” Sherm said, noting the volunteer group formed a year or so before that. “I’ve been working on it ever since.”

Over those years, there’s been no shortage of improvements to be done.

A locker room in 1981.

New track in July of ’83, followed by re-sodding the center of the field a month later.

The field’s first press box in ’84.

Visitors bleachers in 2003.

And, of course, years of field work between 2002 and 2007 as the crew tried to salvage an over-used turf as worries about injuries mounted.

His crowning effort? Putting in the original field turf in 2008.

Read the full story in the July 2, 2020 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

Ian Stepleton is the editor of the Ripon Commonwealth Press, and been with the paper since September 2000. Starting with fall 2016, he also is an adjunct professor of journalism at Ripon College, and advisor to the college's newspaper, the College Days.

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