Thursday, April 21, 2011
Byhalia adds new weight room
By BARRY BURLESON
Markeith Washington is all smiles showing off the newest addition at Byhalia High School.
A new weight room includes eight workout stations, new flooring, new paint and more.
“This is for all athletics – not just football,” said the school’s athletic director and head football coach. “It’s for baseball, basketball, softball, volleyball – everybody.
“The kids are excited. They love it.”
Washington said it has been difficult to compete with the likes of Center Hill, Senatobia and Lafayette County, schools with top-notch weight facilities.
“It was a big disadvantage for us,” he said. “This will help to balance out the playing field.
“We felt the number one addition we needed was a weight room.”
He said concerning football, in the past it would take more than four hours to work out the entire team.
“Now, we can do it in 30 to 45 minutes,” Washington said. “Everybody is working out at the same time.”
He thanked the people of the Byhalia community for contributing to the Booster Club.
“The Booster Club supported us big-time, and we appreciate their support so very much,” he said.
He thanked the high school principal, Don Jackson, for accepting the project.
Wilder Fitness in Pontotoc, the equipment company, also “helped with a plan for our athletes,” Washington said.
The Indians, who are moving back down to Class 3A next season after two years in 4A, will start spring practice in early May and visit Tunica Rosa Fort for a spring game on May 19.
The 2011 schedule follows – August 19, Tishomingo County, home; August 26, Senatobia, away; September 2, Center Hill, home; September 9, Holly Springs, away; September 16, Coahoma County, away; September 23, Lewisburg, home; September 30, Charleston away; October 7, Independence, home; October 14, Winona, away; October 21, M.S. Palmer, homecoming; and October 28, North Panola, away.
New district opponents are Charleston, Independence, Winona, M.S. Palmer and North Panola.
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