The Macks Creek community ushered in a new era for sports while remembering past successes.

The Macks Creek community ushered in a new era for sports while remembering past successes.

On Friday, Sept. 13, the Macks Creek school community celebrated a newly renovated gymnasium while commemorating the accomplishments that occurred on the old gym floor. The district chose to specifically honor members of the 1970-71 basketball and cheerleading teams who were the first to play on the old floor. The ceremony was held in between the Middle School boys’ and girls’ basketball games against Hermitage.

Those present were: basketball players; Paul Gould, Joe Rooffener, Mike Klopp, Lynn Dawson, and Lyle Mankey, and cheerleaders; Helen Peavey and Linda Klopp.

Mr. Kempker, high school principal, took a moment to introduce and recognize each athlete from ’70―‘71. Head boys basketball coach Brad Briscoe shared recent accomplishments, and future success that Macks Creek expects to have in the newly renovated facility.

Head girls basketball coach Craig Parrack took a look back in time, as he recalled the numerous conference titles, district titles, and runs in the post season that occurred in the last 43 years on the old floor.

Special speaker Lyle Mankey from the class of ’71 shared memories of the team and the fun times in the gym.

Macks Creek school board President Misty Hicks cut the ribbon capping off a momentous ceremony. All past athletes who had played on the old floor were also given a small piece that was salvaged from the floor during the renovation.

The newly renovated Macks Creek Gymnasium includes:

•a brand new floor

•an updated paint scheme

•reworked banners and signs

•new wall padding

•new hoops and backboards (donated by the Bank of Urbana),

•a different seating arrangement to accommodate more patrons

•the construction of a dividing wall to increase safety and improve the flow of traffic during games

•new scorer’s table

•locker room improvements