COLCORD - Behind 23 points from junior post player Kindle Spry and 19 points from forward Shelley Swicegood the Colcord Lady Hornets sent their old gym off in style with a 61-54 upset of Adair last Friday.
The Colcord basketball teams also held Senior Night ceremonies, and dozens of former players were on hand to mark the final games in the old gym.
Originally built in 1955, the gym will be replaced by a brand-new structure currently under construction. Colcord voters passed a $1.9 million bond issue last August. The gym is expected to be ready by graduation in May.
Many of those present at last Friday's game had mixed emotions about leaving a piece of the past behind, and more than a few of those on hand were convinced that the girls' win came about partly because of the building itself.
The new gym is part of a larger makeover at Colcord schools. The school recently used a $1.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to renovate and remodel interior portions of the high school.
The Hornets and Lady Hornets will open the postseason with district play at Fairland on Friday and Saturday. The Hornets will take on the host Owls at 8 p.m. Friday night with the winner advancing to take on Chouteau for the district title on Saturday night. The loser between Colcord and Fairland will be eliminated.
The Colcord girls received a first round bye to the championship game and will await the winner between Fairland and Chouteau for a Saturday night matchup at 6:30 p.m. in Fairland. Win or lose, the Lady Hornets will advance to regional play beginning next Thursday in Chouteau.
You can read our playoff preview for Classes 2A-4A here. The original article on construction of the new gym in Colcord, originally published in December, is available here.