Maryville Gym Renovations Mark End of an Era

Published 06/19 2013 10:11PM

Updated 06/20 2013 08:36AM

(MARYVILLE, Mo.) Changes are coming to the gym at the Maryville High School this Summer.

Renovations include a new hardwood floor, which is bittersweet for alumni that want to hang on to history.

Excitement is building as the installment of the upgraded floor nears its finish.

"I think it's going to be a real nice improvement to our gym," Maryville boys basketball coach Mike Kuwitzky said.

But with the changes comes one last chance to make a memory on the old hardwood.

"Thats the only floor I've coached on since I've been here."

Since the high school was built in 1964, every home volleyball triumph, every girls basketball conference championship, every journey toward a boys basketball district title began on this floor.

Kuwitzky -- who is entering his 28th year at the school -- gets sentimental thinking about the playing surface.

"I mean that's the only floor I've ever seen," Kuwitzky said. "All the practices and all the games, you think about being on that floor."

"It's a family floor, it's an alumni floor, it's a school floor," Maryville athletic director Paul Snow said.

The new court will feature a block "M" at midcourt, a change from the old Spoofhound logo that was displayed on the old floor.

But the change is one that MHS needed.

"I think of the benefits of a new floor, and how nice that's going to be," Kuwitzky said. "There were hollow spots on the old one. There were weak spots and stuff, so it was really time."

Renovations will be complete by August 11th, just in time for Fall volleyball practice.

For those fans wanting to salvage a memory, they can own a little piece of Maryville history.

"We had it advertised to sell chunks of this floor, and didn't hear a whole lot," Snow said. "Then all of a sudden the first cut was made, the saws were going, and 30 people show up outside the school wanting to get pieces of that floor."

It's a chance to hang on to the past, while entering into the next phase of Maryville athletics.

"It's a slow, long process," Kuwitzky said. "But it's one we needed."

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