Minden looks to add second competition gymnasium


Because of the basketball hoop's close proximity to the wall
and doorway of the Minden High School gymnasium, varsity
games are played in the C.L. Jones Middle School gym in
Minden. A nearly $26 million bond would allow for a larger
competition gym to be built, along with a new high school.

MINDEN — With just inches of space between the end of the Minden High School basketball court and brick walls that line the east and west end of the playing surface, anyone making a play near those boundaries better watch out.

Of course those walls are padded during games and the court is only used for middle school athletic. And all high school basketball and volleyball contests occur at the much more spacious C.L. Jones Middle gymnasium.
A sunken 1,500-seat competition gymnasium is part of the proposal to build a new high school here. That is about 200 more people than there is room for at the C.L. Jones gym.

"If you're going to add a gym then you just want to make it available and nicer, so you can do competitions in both," activities director Phil Hoyt said. "Safety is an issue there. I have to pad the walls and it's tight in there. It'd be a much better deal with a bigger gym. Of course if we have that new competition gym and we also have the C.L. Jones gym we'll have two nicer gyms."


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