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Guthrie High athletes lose weight room, historic Jelsma Stadium OK

BY ROBERT PRZYBYLO, Staff Writer, Modified: May 25, 2011 at 8:00 pm •  Published: May 25, 2011

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 athletic director Donna Morris said all gyms for Newcastle Public Schools survived the tornadoes, but the softball and baseball complex did take a hit.

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