Mount Airy High School’s basketball teams will host their home games at Surry Community College for the foreseeable future.
Due to freezing temperatures over winter break, Mount Airy’s Howard M. Finch Gymnasium suffered water damage from busted pipes.
According to Carrie Venable, Mount Airy City Schools’ Executive Officer of Communication, multiple experts were called in to assess the damage to a portion of the basketball court. Attempts to dry out the floor to resume the basketball season at home have failed.
“Thanks to our staff at MAHS we were able to catch the water leak quickly at the high school gym,” said MACS Superintendent Dr. Kim Morrison. “Unfortunately, the damage caused to the back left side of the floor requires us to remove the wood and replace it. We hope to get it repaired quickly, and we are thankful for our community and business partners that are helping us move forward with the repairs.”
Due to the water damage, all remaining JV and varsity home games have been moved to Surry Community College’s (SCC) gymnasium located at 630 S Main St. in Dobson.
“It’s unfortunate that we were forced to relocate during the heart of basketball season,” said MAHS Principal Jason Dorsett. “Providing that ‘home’ atmosphere is important and thankfully, with the help and support of Surry Community College, we have an outstanding facility to play. As the repair project is now underway, our goal will remain to return to MAHS by senior night.”
Venable added that Mount Airy City Schools is grateful to Dr. David Shockley, SCC President, for allowing students to complete their season on the Knights’ court. All Granite Bear fans are encouraged to travel to Dobson to support students as they compete this season.
SCC’s Gymnasium is located in the back left corner of campus in building P on the map of the campus. College Circle can be accessed in two locations. It circles the campus and you will find building P closest to Surry Central High School.
Parking for the gym is located in the two small lots closest to the building and overflows in the student parking areas across campus. Once the two lots near the gym fill, spectators will need to park in one of the other marked areas and walk through campus to the gym.
More information on Surry Community College can be found at surry.edu.
MACS student/staff, MAYF, Northwest 1A Conference, NCCA and NCHSAA passes will be accepted at home games played at SCC for the Granite Bears. IDs must be shown at the door for admission.
The regular price for admission is $7.00. Limited concessions (candy, drinks, and nachos) will also be available during games.
As of Jan. 13, the varsity girls team sits at 7-3 overall and 2-1 in the Northwest 1A Conference, and the varsity boys are 2-7 overall and 0-3 in conference play.
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