Gallant checking damage to sports facilities
Norm Gallant is counting his blessings after the June 17 tornado.
The new WDC activities director has been checking out sport facilities since the twister that slammed into the high school.
The only impediment at this time to fall sports is the damage done to the Wadena tennis courts, which are directly west of the high school. The chain link fence surrounding the court was destroyed and the surface of the courts is in "rough shape," according to Gallant.
Clean-up efforts were quickly underway at the WDC softball field and the baseball field can also be used after debris is cleared.
The football field and track was scarcely touched by the devastating F4 tornado.
"We lost a couple lights," Gallant said.
Gallant paid a visit to the football/track press box and did not find anything wrong.
"It looks fine but we are going to have to have it inspected," Gallant said.
WDC's top-ranked Class AA volleyball team will play their home games this season at the WDC Elementary gym, which is smaller than the high school gym but has new lights and a new floor. The gym once housed all WDC High School varsity activities.
Cross country, volleyball, football and girls' tennis teams are set to begin practice Aug. 16.
Winter sport will demand more indoor space. The WDC boys' hockey team and the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek girls' hockey team suffered the loss of their home arena in the tornado. Area schools have been quick to offer their facilities and Gallant believes most of difficulties for athletics can be worked out.
"We're just going to have to be more flexible," Gallant said. "We've got great coaches in place and we can do it."