Construction causes locker room difficulties for LHHS sports teams
By: Lauren Turner | Published: September 26, 2019
This year, Lake Highlands High School has progressed its construction to connect the main L Building to the former freshman center, the H Building. Although this construction is exciting and will make a great improvement on our school in the future, it has created some issues for our teams whose locker rooms are now closed.
“Volleyball changes in the old boys’ track locker room… it’s smaller than our old locker room,” varsity volleyball player Makaila Swank said. “And sometimes cheer comes in, which can create some conflict due to the restricted space.”
Not only has the construction forced sports to share locker rooms, it’s made some activities lose access to them all together. The Highlandettes have to change in the G Hall restrooms every morning.
“It seems ridiculous to me that a team of 38 girls has to get ready in the bathrooms everyday,” Riley Cole, a junior Highlandette, stated.
Cross country has also had to adapt to the displacement, but in more ways than one.
“We are now in the [H building] locker rooms, and we share it with the band now… because the locker rooms are in the [H building] now. We start all our runs in front of the FC (sic), so we had to change all of our typical routes,” said Zoe Rose, a junior cross country runner.
The girls soccer team has also had to adapt to their change of location. Last year, soccer had a locker room in the L Building, or main building, but this year they use the H Building locker rooms.
“Unfortunately not all of these locker rooms are convenient for every student,” Ian Solstad, the assistant coach for girls soccer, said. “If a soccer player has class in the L Building, it is very difficult to run to the H Building, change clothes, and then run back to the B Field by the track and still get there in a reasonable amount of time. Many of our soccer players choose instead to find a bathroom in the L Building and carry their school bags out to the soccer field.”
Not only have the student athletes been affected, but coaches are feeling the stress as well.
“Last year we had a closet in the girls locker room to keep all of our uniforms, poms, signs, etc. This year, since we do not have a storage area, everything is kept in my classroom,” Cheerleading Head Coach Alan Kirby said.
In the end, students and faculty know that Lake Highlands will thrive with the new expansions that are being made to the school, but until then, more “growing pains” can be expected.
“All in all, nothing is too terrible, but it’s been pretty inconvenient for our usual routines,” Rose said.