Schools Host Final Home Games

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

It's a year full of final moments for three eastern Kentucky school systems.

Cumberland, Evarts and Cawood will consolidate in the fall.

On Tuesday night, some of the basketball teams played their final home games.

Some say the new Harlan County High School Gym will be an arena compared to what these students will leave behind.

Tuesday night, it was a time to remember the past.

It's the end of an era as two high school teams play their last home game.

“I'm really sad to see it close. I was hoping to get to see her get to go to Evarts High School like her parents,” Heather Hall said.

Many are also looking forward to the new high school facility.

“It's almost too huge and too enormous to describe. I don't even think people in Harlan County right now realize how big a school is going to be out there,” Evarts Principal Bob Howard said.

Evarts hosted its last senior night at the school. It was just one of many traditions not soon to be forgotten.

“It's been a great tradition to be here so emotional and sad, but it's just something that eventually had to happen,” Howard said.

The Evarts gymnasium is named in honor of Earl Rogers, a gym teacher and coach for more than 30 years.

“I really like it up here and I think some of the best people in the world live right here,” Rogers said.

In just a few months it will no longer be the Wildcats, Trojans, and Redskins.

Harlan County fans will be cheering on the Black Bears.

The last home game for the Cawood girls was also Tuesday night.

The Cawood boys will host the district tournament, so they will play at least one more time in their gym.

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