CEDAR LAKE | The Hanover School Board got a look at a wish list for Hanover Central High School’s athletic grounds during a May work session.
William F. Hutton, of Hutton & Hutton Architects & Engineers in Hammond, presented drawings of possible reconfigurations of the athletic space. The drawings are only preliminary, and no costs or prices were discussed.
Hutton’s drawings showed an increased number of tennis courts and an added soccer field. His plan also suggested that a net be added at the boys baseball field to prevent stray balls from hitting parked vehicles.
The high school’s tennis courts could be reconfigured so the area would contain six courts rather than four in a fenced-in area. For a Hanover Central tennis team to be truly competitive, the school would be better off with eight courts, Athletic Director Jeff Brooks said.
High schools that host tournaments generally have at least eight. Hutton said the plan could be reconfigured for eight.
Tennis is considered a lower-profile sport by some who follow high school teams, “but there are kids who play it, and parents who come to watch,” Hutton said.
Hutton’s plan also contained a separate area for soccer play. Schools that want to host both sports are better off developing separate fields for them, Hutton said, because both have such different impact on the grass and turf.