HOOP DREAMS: Jr. Pro Games At CCHS Possible

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When you're a kid playing youth sports, one of your dreams is likely to one day play where the big boys (and girls) do.

If you play youth football in Cannon County, you already roam on the field of the top Lions.

If Matt Rigsby's plans pan out, Jr. Pro basketball players may soon be playing on the Lions' court at Cannon County High School.

Rigsby, who coaches the CCHS boys basketball team, also heads up the Jr. Pro hoops league, along with Greg Mitchell.

He brought up the subject of using the high school gymnasium for youth games during Tuesday's Cannon County Board of Education workshop.

Either Risgby or Mitchell are scheduled to attend Thursday's monthly meeting of the BOE at West Side School to talk about the use of Veteran's Memorial Gymnasium for Jr. Pro games during the upcoming season.

Rigsby said he only recently began studying what would be involved in moving league games from the Veteran's gym to the high school, and he doesn't have all the details worked out.

However, he sees doing so as a possible win-win for the league and the school system.

The school system would benefit because it would use maintenance and facility fees the league would pay to play at CCHS to help pay the cost of refurbishing the gym floor, which must be done every two to three years.

At the same time, the league would also continue to pay for some of the upkeep and maintenance at the Veteran's gym, which is owned by the school system, and use it for team practices and AAU games.

Rigsby said once he had a plan of action worked out to play Jr. Pro games at the high school, he would present it to the board for consideration, possible at its October meeting.

Signups for Jr. Pro Basketball this year are scheduled to begin the first weekend in October, Rigsby said, with games starting the first weekend in November.
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