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Published August 19, 2011, 09:53 PM

Davies celebrates first home game by helping Minot victims

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - After years of being shuffled around, kids and parents have a new permanent place to call home field tonight. The athletic field is being broken in by the soccer team at Davies High School.

After years of being shuffled around, kids and parents have a new permanent place to call home field tonight. The athletic field is being broken in by the soccer team at Davies High School. While parents and students are celebrating a new home, they're also helping thousands on the other side of the state.

Many parents and kids have waited a long time for tonight. Some students have attended 3 different schools waiting for Davies to be complete. Tonight, there's celebration and outreach to those affected by a devastating Minot flood.

It’s not easy being shuffled around schools. Just ask Andrew Beyer and Connor Linnerooth.

Connor Linnerooth – Davies Senior: "I’m the class that had bounced around between like 5-schools."

Andrew Beyer – Davies Junior: "I went to Agassiz for my freshman year too. And then I was at South last year."

Instead of playing games at either Fargo South, or the Pepsi soccer complex, tonight they finally have a home field to protect.

Connor Linnerooth: "I’m not playing on South's field and saying that's my home. I’m actually protecting Davies High School varsity net."

Overcrowding made Fargo school officials begin building Davies High School 3 years ago.And off the field, parents couldn’t be happier its finally here..

Stephanie Linnerooth – Davies Parent: "We’re very excited for our kids, very excited for our kids to have a home."

The opponent tonight is Minot high school. So it’s only fitting that as these players and parents experience the joy of a new school they help the ones in Minot through the pain of losing their homes.

Greg Potter – Davies Parent: "Someone came up with the idea to do that and that was really good since were playing Minot."

5 buckets collecting donations were scattered around the stadium and passed through the stands. A small gesture to a bruised community.

So as the teams play on no matter the outcome, tonight there's a new sense of Eagle pride here in South Fargo.....

Merry Beyer – Davies Parent: "You can see the atmosphere, everybody's excited."

Tonight people at the game were able to raise $750 for Minot flood relief. Jody will have highlights from the game later on in sports.

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