WTH Mug Todd Lancaster

Well, we are getting down to brass tacks with the fall season. We will know more about football sectionals after this is published, but one thing that we will know is that the football facilities at WHS will still need a desperate upgrade.

Without getting into the politics of new buildings or new fields, people need to come up with a plan to greatly upgrade Hatchet Hollow and the practice facilities around it. The football program, the youth football program, and the band could all use a multi-purpose field and upgrades to the locker rooms. The stands need to be addressed as well and although things would most likely happen in phases, it shouldn’t done as separate projects.

Folks, it is happening all over southern Indiana, and it needs to happen here as well (and we can start by tearing up that track). Our coaches, players and athletic department work too hard to be saddled with a facility so obviously out dated. This isn’t a project that will be easy or inexpensive and there will be plenty of different opinions, but WHS is being left behind. Tax dollars are precious and we often look like we are putting sports first, but ultimately it is something that affects a bigger part of the community than one might think.

In a related way, this was something that I noticed recently with tennis. We have had some tremendous tennis that has been played over the last few seasons across the area and that was evident again this year, with nine players named to the all-District 7 team this year. However, even with those impressive numbers, I couldn’t believe what I saw at regional with what Jasper has invested in its tennis facilities. I would guess that when the new indoor courts are done there, that will be the best facility in the state. That facility didn’t happen overnight, but has been looked at as an investment by the community and it continues to payoff with success and as a source of pride for the community.

On an unrelated but happy note, basketball has essentially started for the girls, and the WHS Lady Hatchets are drawing a lot of interest. One thing is for sure coach Gretchen Miles is taking nothing for granted. They have one of the best senior triple threats in Jesse Ledgerwood, Alaina Thorne and Kencia Levasseur, and there are some youngsters who should make a name for themselves as well. This could be a very exciting year that group.

If you are looking for a boys basketball prediction, here’s one, B-R, LHS and North Daviess will be in the top 5 all season, regardless of how the head-to-head match ups go.

Until, next week, keep kicking it around.

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