The decade-long trend of high schools installing artificial turf fields has slowed, and the economic downturn is cited as the reason.
Many bigger schools already have made the conversion to the fields, but for some that still play on grass, efforts to raise money for artificial turf have all but ground to a halt.
Lake Oswego (OR) football coach Steve Coury — the vice president of SporTech, the West Coast distributor for FieldTurf — said his talks with representatives from Canby, North Salem, Ashland and Roosevelt have gone quiet.

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