PHELPS – The Phelps athletic program is putting high hopes on completing their new athletic complex by September 18, for their first scheduled home game against Montcalm High School.
Construction on the new athletic complex has been in progress for well over a year now. The Land development portion of the construction plans is on the cusp of completion and now new construction is set to begin on assembling the structures of the complex. The new sod has been laid and the complex is beginning to take shape.
County and private investors have made this construction project possible and hope it will yield good results. The project was a necessity due to the advancement of other surrounding school and athletic programs. Due to Phelps’s geological location at the absolute corner of Pike County their options are limited concerning consolidation and growth of the student population.
The hiring of head football coach James “Butch” Joplin was a step in the right direction because of the impressive list of accolades the veteran coach brings to the program.
The construction of a new complex will provide greater opportunities for the whole athletic program and will affect all sports at Phelps High School. The football portion of the complex is the main concern at the moment because of the fast approaching football season, but the addition of new baseball and softball fields tethered with a new athletic complex building will provide a great opportunity for growth in “Hornetville.”
(William Plaster is the sports reporter for the Williamson Daily News, he can be reached at 304-235-4242 ext. 2274 or at [email protected] or on twitter @sidplaster)