New GSHS gym to host Demons-Bears game
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” When the Glenwood Springs girls basketball team trounced Northridge 64-38 in the opening round of the Class 4A playoffs last year, it looked like a perfect sendoff for Spencer-Chavez Gymnasium at Glenwood Springs High School.
Of all the games the sacred gym hosted in its over 50-year existence, this was another excellent example of Glenwood’s hoop talents, an appropriate farewell to the gym that’s being retired and converted into the school’s secondary gym.
The new gym, which was originally set to open at the start of the 2007-08 season, would seat 1,200 people (300 more than Spencer-Chavez) and modernize basketball in Glenwood.
The start of the season has come and gone, and we’re now midway through Western Slope League play, and Spencer-Chavez is still the home for the Demons due to construction delays.
Now, finally, the old gym is in its last days as the main court at Glenwood and the new gym is set to open on Friday, Feb. 15, when the Demon boys and girls host their biggest rival ” Rifle.
After the delays were first announced last summer, the Roaring Fork School District Re-1 and RTA Architects said they hoped for a January opening, but also warned it could be as late as March. The real date fell right in the middle.
“It’s looking really good,” said Glenwood Athletic Director Steve Cable. “The bleachers are done and they are just painting, sanding and finishing the floor.”
That means the Glenwood boys and girls basketball squads have two more games each at Spencer-Chavez. They will first host Steamboat Springs on Saturday (when the girls will play at 4 and 5:30 p.m.) and then the old gym finale will take place on Feb. 5 when the Demons host Eagle Valley (girls play at 6 p.m., boys follow at 7:30 p.m.).
Seating is limited for the remainder of events at Spencer-Chavez as the bleachers have been removed from one side and relocated to the new gym.
The new gym, which will feature a bigger floor than Spencer-Chavez, will not make it in time to be used by the Glenwood wrestlers this season. The Demon grapplers will be at regionals in Craig on Feb. 15-16 and done with all home meets.
The Demons will be at Spencer-Chavez tonight to take on Grand Junction Central’s junior varsity, then host Rifle on Friday before having their last home meet on Feb. 7 against Palisade. All of the meets will start at 6 p.m.
With the girls basketball squad rocking a 13-2 overall record and a 7-2 league mark and the guys currently at 10-4 overall and 5-2 in league, both teams are on the right track for the playoffs.
Their winning ways could match up nicely with the new gym, which will have the capacity of 1,200 spectators required by the Colorado High School Activities Association in order to host home games in the Sweet 16 and Great Eight playoffs.
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