By Kyle Lovern
The grand opening for the Williamson High School Athletic Hall of Fame has been scheduled for Thursday, June 12 from 6 to 8 p.m.
The new renovated room, which formerly served as the old hospitality room at the Williamson Fieldhouse, has been completed.
The room has been enlarged and the WHS HOF board members, as well as the Williamson Park Board members, are very proud of the new room.
The inside walls of the room have paintings of the Fieldhouse basketball court, the Williamson Fieldhouse, Lefty Hamilton Park, the old Williamson High School building and a huge Wolfpack logo.
The floor is a shiny black and the walls are a nice, bright varnish similar to a basketball court.
The plaques of past WHS Hall of Fame members are displayed on the outside wall, protected by Plexiglas. So that anyone who attends an event at the Williamson Fieldhouse will be able to see the past inductees.
The room will be used for future induction ceremonies of the WHS HOF and may also be rented for high school reunions and other meetings.
The committee has been taking donations for the work on the room. They are still in need of money to help pay for a heating and air conditioning unit, tables and chairs.
The WHS HOF group is also assisting the Park Board with trying to raise funds to remodel and modernize the bathroom facilities at the historic structure. They want to make them handicapped accessible.
For years the Williamson Fieldhouse was the home of the Williamson Wolfpack, until the consolidation that combined WHS with three other schools to form Mingo Central High School. The adjacent Lefty Hamilton Park, which has also been dubbed Jim Van Zant baseball field and John Moricle football field, were home to many great baseball and football teams.
The HOF plaques had been housed at the Williamson High School cafeteria until the consolidation. Board members stored the plaques until a suitable home could be found to display them.
They felt the celebrated Fieldhouse site in West End was the best place for the plaques to be presented.
(Kyle Lovern is the Sports Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 304-235-4242, ext. 33 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)