Exeter High School’s Smith Gym gets new floor, lights, fresh coat of paint

By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN

EXETER – The Smith Gym at Exeter Union High School is one of the few remaining relics going back to the old hanger style design still in use. The insides resembled a gym that had seen better seasons. Over the last month and a half the old gym has gotten a complete face lift.

The actual work took eight weeks, but there was planning and preparation for the remodel back during winter sports season. The gym floor had not been replaced since 2006. Paint on the old logos and the blue basketball keys had began to peel. The ballast for the old fluorescent lights were old. Certain sockets in the scoreboards were broken. The celling had multiple leaks that had begun to leave water stains along the insides of the wall.

“It was unsightly,” Exeter Union High School athletic director Andrew Montes said. “I have heard, during the time I’ve been here, that this floor looks terrible.”

The district payed approximately $90,000 from their facility maintenance fund to cover the cost of the makeover, said Exeter Unified Superintendent George Eddy.

“I love it,” Eddy said. “It all came out very nice and it looks beautiful.”

The flooring was done by Pro Sports Floors. It has the Monarchs new logo, which matches the logos on the crash pads underneath each of the baskets, and at mid-court, which takes up about a fraction of the old logo. There is no blue in the middle of the keys, which makes for a simpler look.

Exeter’s head volleyball coach Samantha Hilvers is excited about the new floor because there is no longer a shadow line which runs across the 10-foot line. The Monarchs have hosted eight section playoff games in Hilvers’ three seasons. For each game, she has had to put tape down along the 10-foot line because the shadow line was not in compliance with CIF rules.

“This upgrade has been long overdue,” Hilvers said.

The painting along the walls was done by Coast to Valley. The walls are now white with the Monarchs’ colors, blue and gold, wrapped around the interior.

The upgrades are still not done. Montes is expecting some new scorers’ tables to be delivered at the end of the month. There still needs to be some signage put up, and he is also working on a complete list of all of Exeter’s Section Championships to purchase banners.

One thing that will still not be installed is an air conditioning unit.

The Monarchs have their home opener against the Clovis East Timberwolves on Sept. 5. That begins a stretch of four home games in 13 days.

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