From September 1986 issue of The Alpenhorn newspaper (I was the owner)
“It was cool and crisp at the new field by Hoffman Elementary School in Running Springs on Saturday morning, September 13 when opening ceremonies for soccer were held. Special events were held to mark the beginning of organized games on the field which was sodded by local residents last May who carried, laid and pieced together over 100,000 square feet of sod to turn the dirt field into a beautiful patchwork of green grass all in one day.
AYSO Mountain Commissioner Sandy Caplinger and her husband ,who is Area Director.) were honored when it was announced that the field would be named “Caplinger Field.” The announcement was made by Rim of the World Recreation and Park and Park General Manager Les Kole. A few minutes later Kole and his wife Linda were honored for their service, not only to the soccer organization but to mountain sports and recreation as a whole. Larry Caplinger stated that “You can hire someone for a job and they do it and work eight hours a day. However, when the district hired Kole they got a man who works until the job is done.” The Koles were presented with a plaque from AYSO and Les was awadred with the traditional honor of making the first kick of the season. While he may not be ready for the pros, with a little practice he might make a team.
At the beginning of the ceremony, soccer players and their families gathered around in a big circle. The children hung onto plastic trash bags filled with red,white and blue helium-filled balloons. At the designated moment, the children opened the bags and let the balloons float into the air .They sailed on the wind symbolically towards Lake Gregory where the opening ceremonies of soccer were being held at the same time on that field.
the first game of the day was played between two Running Springs area teams. coach Ed Kikuchi’s team, the Lightning Bolts beat the Hurricanes, coached by Bill McCorkle by a score of 3-1. The first goal of the game was kicked by Tabitha Dale of the Hurricanes who was presented with the game ball. The game was stopped to allow Larry Caplinger to presented the ball to her. It was a special moment, not only fo her but for everyone who was present. The actual dedication of the field was held the following spring.