While lake area basketball and wrestling teams get set for the stretch run and playoffs, there’s quite a bit going on around the lake area for other prep programs.


Camdenton, School of the Osage and Eldon are all in various stages of either building or renovating sports facilities on their campuses.


While lake area basketball and wrestling teams get set for the stretch run and playoffs, there’s quite a bit going on around the lake area for other prep programs.

Camdenton, School of the Osage and Eldon are all in various stages of either building or renovating sports facilities on their campuses.

Here’s a rundown of the latest on a trio of projects going on around the area.

Osage football field
The field at Osage, which was formerly just the football field, is in the process of becoming much more.

The field was torn up right after the football season ended, and plans are still to have the field completed by the spring.

The reasons for Osage to make the switch were based on two primary factors:?the longterm savings and the ability to create a more versatile facility.

While the initial cost to install the turf might seem like a lot to take on, the reduced cost of maintaining the field each year is significant.

And even if the maintenance costs end up being similar, it’s difficult to put a price on what’s gained, said Assistant Superintendent Tony Hermann.

“We’re really getting three fields in one,”?he said. “And it was a great opportunity for us to get new fields for football, band, soccer and elementary P.E., without having to purchase additional properties.”

Hermann said the crew is about 90 percent done with excavation, and they’ll work on putting down the base after that.

The expected completion date for the project is April 20.

Camdenton baseball field
In what has occasionally been a source of frustration for Camdenton baseball fans, the brand new field that will be the home of the Lakers is nearing completion, but some help from the weather is needed, according to Ron Hendricks, who is overseeing the project.

“What we really need is just 10 days of good weather,”?Hendricks said. “It doesn’t even have to be 10 straight, it could be five and five.”

Hendricks said the field is ready for the turf to be put down, and the contractor has all his equipment in storage on the grounds.

“We’re just at a stand still right now,”?he said. “Obviously we’d like to have those 10 days sooner rather than later.”

If for some reason the field isn’t ready for the start of the season, Hendricks said he’s confident it will be completed by sometime mid-season, which would still allow the school to host the district tournament, as is planned.

Plans for stadium seating will have to wait until after the season, because the school board has yet to approve that portion of the project.

Eldon gym renovation
Just last week, the Eldon school board accepted a bid to do some renovation to the high school gym.

The expected changes include putting in new windows and doing some brick work and other outside appearance work.