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A new stadium awaits Crooksville by the end of 2022

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CROOKSVILLE, Ohio (WOUB) — 2021 was a difficult year for the Crooksville Ceramics. Due to issues with their stadium, the team was forced to play the entirety of their season on the road. They were also unable to get into the win column finishing 0-9.

The tough schedule of the MVL did not make it easy for the Ceramics and they struggled to put points on the board.  For first year head coach Gage Lotozo, building back the program begins with work ethic and consistency  in the offseason program.

“Right now we have to establish a work ethic that matches our expectations,” Lotozo said. “And right now we expect them to be in the weight room and on the field and when we start camp and two-a-days and that stuff to give the best that they can give… hopefully once were consistent enough and we establish that work ethic, the other stuff will take care of itself.”

The Ceramics are getting a brand new stadium and facilities, and this is generating a lot of buzz with the players and the coaching staff.

“Thats definitely a boost, we didnt have many fans on the road with us last year,” said senior cornerback Andrew Willison. “Its going to be really exciting to have them out there with us this year.”

In addition to a new stadium, the Ceramics will be sporting brand new uniforms, and Coach Lotozo credits both the stadium and the uniforms as a way to help his players buy in to the new culture of the program.

“We want to make this an environment that they enjoy coming to everyday,” Lotozo said. “If you enjoy coming here everyday then youre going to enjoy the process of what we’re trying to do.”

The Ceramics will debut their new stadium on August 19th as they host the host the Waterford Wildcats.