Was away much of Monday as the week – and road – to Gridiron Classic kicks off.
One of the cool things the TNT has always done is get out and visit not only some of the out-of-area football programs playing for state championship, but trying to get a sense of the community in which these coaches and players live.
On Monday, went down to Montesano High School to meet with coach Terry Jensen and his staff, and sit in a few meetings as the Bulldogs prepare for No. 1 Royal in the upcoming Class 1A state championship.
Here is the story I wrote for the section Tuesday (hint, bring a bucket!).
A part of the story that I was unable to expand on is the future of Jack Rottle Field and its 70-year-old grandstands – which suspiciously burned down in September. As mentioned in the story, all the debris has been removed, and all that is left is charred gravel.
Amazingly, the team was able to get enough community support – bringing in portable seating and getting a few of the massive lamp posts rebuilt – to host its final home game at Jack Rottle Field. Obviously, it wasn;t the same with one side of the field completely gone, but it was important for the seniors to go out on their own field.
Jensen told me a community meeting is scheduled for Thursday to come up with a plan and time frame to remodel the facility – and how it will be paid for, whether it will be privately funded or through a school bond.
The facility could be restored to its original design, or it could be upgraded to artificial turf and separate locker rooms, Jensen said. In any case, the expectation is that what work is done will be completed by next season.