Guthrie superintendent Terry Simpson tried to be optimistic, but he said the damage from Tuesday's tornadoes was the worst thing he's seen in Guthrie in his 17 years.
“It's about what is to be expected,” Simpson said. “I don't know whether or not we'll have an assessment of the damage. There's still a lot to be unaccounted for.”
Jelsma Stadium, Squires Field and the high school gym did not take any major damage, but other athletic facilities did, said Simpson.
Simpson said the weight room has been completely destroyed. A tennis equipment storage building was also destroyed. The softball field scoreboard was destroyed as well as some of the bleachers.
“It's weird how I fell asleep, and then I wake up, and I still can't believe we had a tornado last night,” said Guthrie football star Kentrell Brothers on his Facebook page.
Guthrie, originally scheduled to be in school the rest of the week, canceled the remainder of the school year. Students are allowed to return to the school Friday morning to clean out lockers and desks and return textbooks and other school items.
NEWCASTLE FIELDS ABSORB DAMAGE
Newcastle athletic director Donna Morris said all gyms for Newcastle Public Schools survived the tornadoes, but the softball and baseball complex did take a hit.
“We lost some stands and a couple of light poles,” Morris said. “Our softball, baseball complex was hit hard.”
Morris said the support from the community and the rest of the state has been amazing. She said coaches and administrators have been calling in from all over the state for any assistance.
EDMOND, NORMAN SCHOOLS OK
A number of school districts in the path of the tornadoes suffered minimal damage or none at all.
Edmond athletic director Mike Nunley said Edmond Public Schools were OK. Deer Creek football coach Grant Gower said the same thing, as did El Reno athletic director Rocky Carter.
Though right at the heart of the storm when it started, Canton did not receive a lot of damage, said football coach Robert Davis. He said things were back to normal Wednesday, and they still had their team camp. Norman was the same way as the Tigers concluded their spring practices with their Orange-White scrimmage Wednesday afternoon.