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Moline High School's New Phys Ed Facility Nearly Finished

new field house will include a track, basketball courts, & batting cages
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the new weight room at Moline High School

Students at Moline High School will soon have a lot more state-of-the-art equipment and space for their phys. ed. classes and team practices. Monday the school held a media preview for the new Physical Education facility that's scheduled for completion in late December.

Athletic Director Dick Knar says with 2,200 students, the school needed more space for classes and practices.

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new wrestling room

"We had two small gyms and then had a weight room that was very tiny, and you'll have seven classes of 50 kids and there's nowhere to put them and so literally you're using the hallways and things like that. So now we have places for all of them."

That also means more teams can practice after school, and there'll be no need to schedule practices at night. 

But it's not just more space - Knar says phys. ed. classes can be better.

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"What they had to do before for their curriculum was, okay this is the space we have, what can we do with it. Now they're thinking at a different level - we have all these things now, what can we do with them. So it just makes it so much better."

Along with a large, modern weight room, the new addition at Moline High School will have an equally large room for wrestling, offices, locker rooms, and a field house featuring a six lane 200 meter track, four basketball courts, and four batting cages. 

A ribbon cutting for the 14 million dollar project will probably be held in January. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.