Facility facelift nearing completion at THS
Work on Tonganoxie High School's gymnasium is wrapping up and should be completed a few hours before the first volleyball practice for the fall 2003 season.
Brandon Parker, THS athletics director, said last week that the renovation project was delayed, and is pushing the completion date later than he originally anticipated.
"We're just waiting to finish up a little bit of paint on the floor and to put the finish on the floor," he said. "So it's going to be done right about when school starts."
The work -- which included painting walls, railings and bleachers, as well as refurbishing the court -- carries a price tag of $13,000 to $14,000 -- $5,000 for the paint job and between $9,000 and $10,000 to restore the floor.
Parker had hoped the work on the Phil Lobb Gymnasium would have been complete next Monday.
"It's going to be more like August 17," he said. "Volleyball practice starts the 18th, so it will be a matter of hours."
Fall classes resume on Aug. 19 in the Tonganoxie school district.
Although work is lagging behind Parker's original timetable, he's pleased with the renovation.
"I think it's looking fine," he said. "We just had a few snags with workers that set us back about a week from where we wanted to be. Aside from that, I think it looks good."
Football and soccer players will be playing on better surfaces this fall, too.
Last year, the drought took a huge toll on turf at Beatty Field, the home of the football team, as well as on the soccer field at Chieftain Park.
"I think things are going to be fine," Parker said. "We're in a lot better shape than we were last year. We've been able to water it and keep it mowed and put applications on it for killing weeds."
The soccer season kicks off on Aug. 29 at Mill Valley, while the football team faces Wamego on Sept. 5.
The first action on the home fields will be Sept. 2 against Bonner Springs for THS soccer and Sept. 12 against Bonner Springs for the THS football team.
The volleyball team's first competition comes Sept. 11 in the Bonner Springs Quadrangular, while its home slate begins Sept. 16 with a triangular.
And cross country runners get their first official workout of the season on Sept. 4 in the Tonganoxie Quadrangular.