Locker rooms closed for spring season

Teams find alternate spaces


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Junior Sarah McCallon pushes her way past an opposing team player to pass the ball during the 2018 lacrosse season. During the 2019 season the locker rooms will be under construction and spring sports need to find a place to change before practice.

Marta Hill

When girls’ lacrosse captain junior Sarah McCallon reflected on the locker rooms being closed for the entire spring season, she said she thought the inconvenience will pay off in the long run.

“I think (the construction) will be worth it in the end. It will be nice to have new facilities and new and improved spaces to be in,” McCallon said. “It will end up benefiting everyone. It is just kind of hard for the time being.”

According to athletic director Andrew Ewald, the construction project involves a complete renovation of the locker rooms.

“They are basically demolishing and reconfiguring the locker rooms. They will be separating athletics and physical education lockers into different spaces, and there will be new mechanical, electrical and (Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning) systems,” Ewald said. “It won’t look anything like it looks right now.”

Ewald said interrupting the whole spring season was the best option for the project, which will last until August 5.

“It is too big of a project to do just in the summertime,” Ewald said. “Everybody felt that starting a school year fresh and clear was the way to go.”

According to boys’ tennis coach David Breitenbucher, starting the project in the spring was the best option.

“I think to get it done by the fall season it was a good choice to start it now. I feel bad for the spring sports, but I think it will pay off in the end. The kids are flexible, so we will adapt to this,” Breitenbucher said.

Ewald said the administration’s plan is for students to use their school lockers and alternative storage space.

“Everybody has an assigned locker here in the school, so we are encouraging people to use those. And then if people have equipment that is bigger — like lacrosse, golf, softball, et cetera — we will just store it (in the athletic office),” Ewald said. “We know it will be messy and complicated, but it will be inconvenient for everybody. We just need to make the best of it.”

According to McCallon, she is unsure if lacrosse sticks will fit in the school lockers, so the lacrosse team is trying to figure out an alternate plan.

“We were surprised to hear that we wouldn’t have any access to the locker room. We don’t really know what we are going to do yet,” McCallon said. “There are girls who drive, so they can leave their stuff in there, but it’s just harder for the younger girls who don’t drive.”

According to Ewald the bathrooms by the athletic office will be open and the trainer’s room will be moved into the gym.

“We are encouraging people to use the bathrooms to change in. The bathrooms right by the athletic office will be open after school, because they are typically locked,” Ewald said. “The athletic trainer will be housed in the main gym in the girls’ team room.”

According to Breitenbucher, although this season will be discombobulated, overall it will be OK.

“As long as we are communicating and planning ahead I think it will all work out fine. When I look at the big picture, it will be so nice to have new facilities, so you have to (be) careful when you complain about the minor inconveniences,” Breitenbucher said. “I think we will all adjust to the differences for this season.”