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RHS Gym Floor Suffers Severe Water Damage, Will Be Closed During Volleyball Season PDF Print E-mail
Written by Darin Brown, General Manager   
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 4:11 PM

The newly re-finished gymnasium floor at River High School (featured on the front page of last week’s Beacon) will soon be gone. After more than 1/3 of the floor was damaged by water, the decision was made during a special session Switzerland of Ohio Local School District [SOLSD] Board of Education meeting on Fri., Aug. 8 to demolish the floor and install a new one.

When this reporter viewed the floor on July 30, RHS athletic director Mark Romick pointed out warping on the floor that had been caused by water damage. Romick said the water had flowed into the equipment room adjacent to the gym during and after the powerful storm that hit Hannibal on July 27. District officials said the water entered when a roof drain failed. They were unsure whether the drain had clogged due to the heavy rain or if it was faulty in some way.

After the damage was reported, the district contacted The Ohio Floor Company of Holmesville, OH (the company who had just refinished the floor and installed floors at all the district’s new buildings) to access the damage and what would have to be done. After the contractor examined the floor, it was determined that it could not be salvaged.

In a letter sent to the SOLSD Board of Education on Aug. 4, The Ohio Floor Company Sales Manager Todd Starrett wrote, “We found that the maple flooring contains anywhere from 10 to 36% moisture. The normal maple flooring moisture should be 7 to 8%. We recommend to replace the entire maple gym floor because the water damage is over 30% of the entire area and getting bigger each and every day.” Starrett also noted in his letter that the flooring and sub system were “out dated” with replacement parts no longer being manufactured. 

River High School Gym Floor Gets Upgraded PDF Print E-mail
Written by Staff   
Wednesday, August 06, 2014 4:02 PM

The River High School gymnasium floor was past due to be sanded and refinished when the project was finally undertaken this July. At that time, several donors decided they would upgrade the appearance of the floor as well. Thanks to donations from River’s 200 Club, the boys and girls basketball teams, the junior high basketball teams, volleyball teams, and wrestling squads, River High School’s gym floor is now a showcase for the school. The centerpiece is a newly painted 20 foot pilot wheel at center court. Other additions include a painted red border (recalling how the gym floor was painted decades ago), and stained pilot wheel logos. “This gym is now one of the best in the valley. We have a great atmosphere here,” said RHS Athletic Director Mark Romick. Romick praised those who donated funds for the extra painting and staining which came at a total cost of $7,800. While he didn’t want to forget all the others who donated, Romick said of the 200 Club, “The revival of the 200 Club at River has enabled us to do a lot of things that needed done.” Now River High School has a gym floor that matches the rest of its shiny, newly renovated school building.

River High School Cheerleaders Hosted Annual Cheer Clinic PDF Print E-mail
Written by Staff   
Thursday, July 10, 2014 8:15 AM

The River High School Cheerleaders hosted their annual cheer clinic June 23-27. A total of 60 children participated including ages from preschool to seventh grade. Activities included cheers, chants, tumbling, dances, crafts, and even a ride on Kris’ Kaboose barrel train. Their last day of camp included a final performance with awards. RHS cheer advisors are Heidi Pfalzgraf and Jacque Brown. Cheerleaders are Amanda Bennet, Tiffany Brown, Chelsea Pandzik, Zoey Miller, Maria Morrow, Alyson Johnson, Lilli Liskanich, Karigan Pfalzgraf, Meghan Sullivan and Teri Thomas. The cheerleaders appreciate the support of everyone who participated. Pictured above are all clinic participants.

River Sports 6/12/14 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jason Miller, Correspondent   
Thursday, June 12, 2014 10:11 AM

At the Jessie Owens Memorial Stadium at The Ohio State University, two River athletes representing the Pilots competed for a state title on June 6th and 7th.

In the girls 300 meter low hurdles, Abby Caldwell’s time of 45.25 in the preliminaries qualified her for the finals. In the finals, she had a time of 45.30 finishing in 6th place.

This 6th place finish made Abby Caldwell an all-Ohioan.

In the boys high jump, Brok Cross had a leap of 6 feet to finish 12th.

River Sports 6/5/14 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jason Miller, Correspondent   
Thursday, June 05, 2014 9:55 AM

The track teams participated in the regional tournament on May 28 and 30. The 4x800 team of Gabby Good, Shayna Indermuhle, Kara Dotterer and Makenna Collins finished 15th in the relay with a time of 11:24.98. Devyn Potts finished in 17.12 for the 100 hurdles which put her in 13th place. Potts was 9th in the 300 hurdles with a time of 47.76. Abby Caldwell was runner-up in the preliminaries of the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.77 seconds. She placed 5th in the finals with a time of 13.15. In the preliminaries, Caldwell finished 3rd in the 300 hurdles (49.81), while she was runner-up in the finals (46.55). The 4x400 team of Jessica Karpacs, Kyndra Earley, Gabby Good and Shayna Indermuhle were 16th in the relay. They had a time of 4:38. Courtney Imhoff tied for 11th in the high jump with a leap of 4 feet 8 inches. The girls team finished 16th overall, accumulating 12 points. For the boys: Brok Cross had a leap of 6 feet in the high jump.

Abby Caldwell and Brok Cross have advanced to the District III State Track and Field Championship. They will be in the 300 low hurdles and high jump respectively.