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Construction on beach volleyball courts nears completion


Courts, which are at the high school, will be open to the public starting sometime in July

“Isn’t it exciting,” said Crook County High School Head Volleyball Coach Rosie Honl. “It’s going to be so fun.”

Honl was referring to the latest athletic facility going in at CCHS — two regulation size beach volleyball courts.by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Construction began last week on a pair of regulation size beach volleyball courts. The courts, which are at the high school., are being donated by Rimrock Volleyball Club and will be open to the public.

The courts, which are located just north of the CCHS tennis courts, which are also nearing completion, are being donated to the school district by the Rimrock Volleyball Club.

“Rosie is telling me that beach volleyball is a big time college sport now,” said Crook County High School Athletic Director Rob Bonner. “Not only the energy that brings to the facility out there, but it’s more options for PE?classes to use — for athletics at Crook County and for youth of all ages.

Construction on the courts started last week with the final load of sand arriving from Florence earlier this week. The courts will have adjustable height nets and padded barriers around the edges of the facility for safety and comfort.

Honl expects the courts to be completed by early July and is hoping for a ribbon cutting and first tournament in the near future. How soon that will be is anybody’s guess, but Honl is hoping that the courts will be ready for use over the Fourth of July weekend.

“Just as soon as the equipment arrives,” she promised.

Honl expects to be able to run summer beach volleyball tournaments as well as utilize the courts for physical education classes and volleyball camps and clinics.

Bonner also expects the courts, which should be open to the public during non-school hours to see heavy use.

“For a facility like this to be donated by coach Honl and her Rimrock program — we are very blessed and fortunate that we have people like the Honls in the school district,” Bonner said.