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November 11, 2012

Moore dealing with setbacks

NORMAN — For six months, coach Tim Gray has been without a home. His Moore High girls basketball team has been displaced from the school’s gymnasium and they don’t know when they will be allowed back in.

“We were told the beginning of school or maybe a couple of weeks into the school year,” Gray said. “Then we heard through the grapevine maybe Oct. 1st, then we were told Nov. 1st, last we heard, there really is no set completion date. So we will just do our best.”

The gymnasium at Moore has been under renovation since the end of May as a new air conditioner was installed.

That entailed tearing out the entire ceiling and closing down the gym to all activities.

“Our gym has been under construction since the end of May,” Gray said. “We moved all high school summer activities and canceled our summer basketball camps for the younger kids.”

Gray and boys coach Aaron Howell have had a difficult time getting their teams ready for the upcoming prep seasons without knowing where they will be practicing. But because two coaches have worked together, it’s made the situation a little easier.

“Coach Howell has been extremely gracious and giving,” Gray said. “We have been able to work out a schedule that lets both of us utilize what we have. We may have to share time in a gym or weight room, but it has worked out. I think the situation we were dealt, is just one of those things. You just do the best with what you have where you are at.”

But that hasn’t solved all of the problems the teams are having to deal with.

“The toughest part is not necessarily not having a gym, but not knowing what the next day or week holds,” Gray continued. “We couldn’t do any planning. We had to cancel our ‘Opening Night’ which is a big fundraiser for our booster club. Some days we had to cancel practice or move workouts. But eventually, this too shall pass and we will move on with the business of playing games and trying to help young people achieve their goals.

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