Genoa High School Girls Basketball Team will hit the home court for the 2012-13 under the lights of the middle school gymnasium.
The high school gym is still under renovation but is expected to be ready several weeks before its contracted Dec. 27 completion date. Dec. 7 was the most recent date contractors gave the Genoa Board of Education.
In the mean time, the basketball season kicks off this holiday weekend, resulting in some schedule reshuffling.
The modified schedule puts the girls on the middle school court at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23, according to an announcement from Athletic Director Mike Thomas. They’ll return again on Dec. 3.
The boys team’s early season at home games have been rescheduled to take place much later in the season.
The Oak Harbor game scheduled for Dec. 1 has been moved to Tuesday, Feb. 5, beginning at 4:45 p.m. with the freshmen game. The Lakota game originally set for Dec. 5 has been rescheduled for Saturday, Jan. 19.
The school district only changed the location of the girls’ games because officials felt the middle school gym could handle the crowd capacity.
“We are playing Northwood and Danbury. They are smaller schools,” said Schools Superintendent Dennis Mock. The middle school gym seats about 300, which should be able to accommodate the fans, he added.
The point is to try and get through the season with as little disruption as possible to the schedule, Mock said.
The new renovated high school gym also will have a new area for the students and pep band.
Thomas stated school officials want to name this area and design a t-shirt that the kids can purchase and then gain entry into the boys’ basketball games.
To generate some enthusiasm for the new section, school officials created a t-shirt design contest that is open to all students in grades kindergarten through 12. The designs must be turned into Thomas no later than Friday, Nov. 30.
The high school gym reconstruction is part of a $1.4 million renovation that began earlier this fall. The update includes enlarging the court, adding about 300 more seats, renovating the boys and girls locker rooms as well as the public bathrooms in the west wing.
The project is the last major undertaking by the Genoa school system as part of the 1.9-mill bond issue approved by voters in 2008.
The largest project in the plan was the construction of Genoa Elementary on the Genoa-Clay Center Road campus already housing Genoa Middle School, Genoa High School and the administration building. The elementary school opened last year.