Truckees new gym is a gem
At last, Truckees new gym is more than just a tease.Last year it was just that, a large box of a structure that sat unused throughout the school year, well after its originally slated mid-summer opening. According to archived Sierra Sun articles and several irked coaches I spoke with last year, the floors faulty finish was to blame.All seems well now, though just dont bring up the topic to the class of 2007. Its a sore subject.For post-2007 Truckee grads, however, the new gym is quite a treat, and is worthy of comment.I like it, its nice, Truckees Melanie Lashbrook, a senior volleyball player, said. It gives us a lot more practice space. Its so much better than the old gym.Indeed, like a Cadillac fresh off the lot, smoked windows and a sharp paint job, parked beside a late model Subaru dotted with dents. Both serve a purpose, but only ones got panache, which may best be observed from the plush interior.Walking into the new gym, the spacious nature of the 20,000-square-foot building immediately stands out. As does the much-improved lighting system that illuminates the floor, which is highlighted by an orange-eyed, snarling wolverine painted at center court.Two large scoreboards, each jet black and in clear view from anywhere inside, grace both ends of the gym, and six retractable glass backboards allow for three full-court basketball games at one time.And for those whose attention spans may wane during prep competition, the super buzzer with decibel levels rivaling the largest and loudest of concert speakers is sure to redirect the focus of even the most inattentive fan. In the stands, which feature a three-tone color combo of red, white and gray, no longer is there need to worry about dropping personal items through the slots, which dont exist. Tough luck to the kids who scavenge for coins and other goods under the bleachers.About the only thing that could be improved is the amount of space between the back row and the wall for leaning purposes.Besides that, the Wolverines new gym gets two thumbs up.Sylas Wright is the sports editor at the Sierra Sun. He may be reached at email@example.com.
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Students frustrated at the cancellation of sports waved signs and delivered speeches at a Truckee High School protest in an attempt to return to the field this year.