Rector Athletic Complex Open House Held

Thursday, October 4, 2018
Shelly and Tony Lockhart, Shayne and Teresa Roofe and Glenda and Larry Pruett arrived early to view the new Rector Cougar athletic facility Friday afternoon. Superintendent Johnny Fowler gave the tours.
TD photo/Jane Gatewood

An informal open house was held Friday, Sept. 28, hosted by Superintendent Johnny Fowler, as the public was given the chance to tour the district’s athletic complex. The open house showcased the Rector Athletic Complex which had served as the Armory building until purchased by the Rector School District in the summer of 2016. With much work completed inside the facility, it was transformed into a multi-sport field house and ready for use by both school and community in the spring of 2017.

On the south side of the large central area covered with artificial turf, purchased from a company specializing in such repurposed football field material, are offices, locker rooms and restroom facilities with showers. A team meeting room with bleacher seating and a large wall-sized chalk board exist for breaking down football schemes and diagramming plays.

On the north side of the indoor practice area are multiple batting cages. The softball and baseball teams use the area even more than the football team does. The athletes can practice batting and fielding when the weather is bad or for short practice sessions before games.

Fowler remarked that the school district welcomes the community’s youth teams to utilize the facility for the younger-age teams and the t-ball kids. “It’s packed from January through May. The school and the community use the facility and it’s a huge benefit for both,” he surmised

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