Basketball begins with no floor in the gym |

Basketball begins with no floor in the gym

The faulty floor in the new Tahoe Truckee High School gymnasium is continuing to experience problems, and now that basketball season has begun, the absence of a usable court is causing added tension.Thats a topic I dont even want to talk about, said Keith Crawford, coach of the boys varsity basketball team. I was tired about talking about the gym issue two months ago because its like a roller coaster ride. We keep getting our hopes up high and then we cant get in. It has impacted my team.Truckee High added both a freshman girls and a freshman boys basketball team to its athletic program this year, in anticipation of having two usable gymnasiums. Now, with only one gym, six basketball teams are vying for practice time after school, and as many as 80 physical education students at a time are bumping elbows during the day.

Late night practices and the waiting game have been hurting team morale, said Principal Jay Cunningham, and in order to remedy the issue, the varsity basketball teams might begin practicing in the gym at Alder Creek Middle School come January. Freshman teams have already resorted to using the gym at the old Sierra Mountain Middle School.Were a little slow in developing skills this year because its difficult to teach full-court games in a half-court, said Geoff Stephens, assistant coach for the girls varsity basketball team, who said that splitting gym time also means sharing courts. [The players] are making progress, but we are a lot slower than we were last year.Truckee Highs new 20,000-square-foot gymnasium was expected to open mid-summer, but moisture has been causing dimpling and cracking in the floors finish, said Director of Facilities John Britto.

The floor was re-finished for the fifth time Dec. 11, said Crawford, and still its not up to par.Clark & Sullivan Constructors Inc., of Reno, the company hired to build the gym, has been meeting with district personnel to discuss options and timelines for fixing the job, but as of yet, no resolution has been reached, Britto said.As of press time, Clark & Sullivan had not returned the Sierra Suns calls for comment.If the contractors decide that drier months will be necessary for properly finishing the floor, then students might have to wait until the 2007-2008 school year to use the gymnasium, Britto said.

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