The $1.8 million renovation of Buckeye Stadium is “going pretty smoothly” and the facility will be ready to host Gilmer High School commencement exercises Friday, June 7, project manager Brent Bishop told the School Board Monday night.
The Gilmer Buckeyes JV and Varsity 7on7 squads traveled to Marshall last Saturday, May 25, to participate in the ETBU Tournament. The team welcomed back Jaidon Parrish, Jamel Jackson and Blevin Burns, all key players from Gilmer’s District Championship baseball team at the tournament, but they were without the services of Josh Walker who assisted in coaching during the day while nursing a sore ankle.
MARSHALL — Keris Alexander threw four touchdown passes, including a pair to Keaten Key, while cousin Spencer Alexander’s interception with less than a minute remaining sealed the deal, as Daingerfield beat Mount Pleasant 26-22 in the championship game of the sixth annual ETBU 7-on-7 Football Tournament on Saturday.
The Gilmer Buckeyes officially kicked off their 7on7 season Monday afternoon with a trip to Sulphur Springs for games against the Wildcats at the Sulphur Springs Multi-Purpose Building indoor football facility. The varsity and junior varsity athletes had their games inside and the younger athletes played outside on the practice field. Gilmer took approximately 50 athletes to the event.
GILMER BUCKEYE incoming senior linebacker Josh Walker was announced last week as one of the nominees to play in the 2014 Army All-American Bowl game that will be televised nationally and played at the Alamodome in San Antonio in January.
The $1.8 million renovation of Buckeye Stadium is “progressing well” without major problems, the project manager told the Gilmer School Board on Monday night.
Brent Bishop of WRL General Contractors, Ltd. of Flint, which is construction manager for the renovation, said the overall project is on track to use the stadium for Gilmer High School graduation ceremonies in June, although the new 2-story press box won’t be completed until early or mid-summer.
The stadium’s home side total seating is being expanded from its past 1,800 to slightly more than 2,900, and the number of orange chairback seats there is being enlarged from the past 600 to about 1,000, said School Supt. Rick Albritton. Many seats will have rail backs.