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Home sweet home, WPHS unveils new floor for 2011

August 27, 2011

West Point Green Wave boy’s basketball coach Brad Cox gave the Daily Times Leader a sneak peak at the new floor that was recently completed inside the West Point High School Gymnasium.

The floor, which was built when the new gymnasium was constructed over a decade ago required it’s annual upgrade which is standard for hardwood floors that go through the wear and tear of basketball games and PE classes.

Over the years, layers of varnish buildup begins to make the flooring too dark and starts to change certain colors on the floor, like white to yellow.

“The whole process lasted about three weeks,” Cox said as he explained the process of how the flooring got it’s shiny new look.

The first stage is sanding down the floor back to the original wood and then re-varnishing the floor. This takes almost a week to complete. Another crew comes in and paints the borders and the lines before another guy comes in and does the artwork, like the new logo at center court which is facing the home side this season.

Roberson Flooring, out of Indianola completed the project which was funded by the West Point School District. Roberson does work all across the state including jobs in New Hope, Albany, Tougaloo and Co-Lin Community College as well as several schools in the Delta region.

“It looks good,” Cox said. “It’s good to have pride in your court, makes you want to protect it.”

Cox said this new court should last between 12-15 years. He hopes to complete other projects in the gym like repainting the walls and putting the new logo on them.

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