High school basketball: Coyle wins last game in 86-year-old gym

by Scott Wright Published: January 22, 2013
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photo - Members of the Coyle boys basketball team stand under class photos near an entry to the gym before a game in Coyle, Okla., Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. Coyle High School hosted its final regular season basketball game in its current gym that was finished in 1939. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Members of the Coyle boys basketball team stand under class photos near an entry to the gym before a game in Coyle, Okla., Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. Coyle High School hosted its final regular season basketball game in its current gym that was finished in 1939. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Originally built in 1927, the Coyle High School gymnasium hosted its last varsity basketball game Tuesday night, and it went out in style.

The Coyle boys, ranked No. 6 in Class B, defeated No. 7 Mulhall-Orlando 65-42 in the final game played in the 86-year-old gym.

“We invited all the alumni who ever played a game in that gym to come back for a group photo on the court between the boys and girls games,” boys coach Josh Sumrall said. “This gym seats 300 people. We have a new one being built that will seat 1,100. It's about two months away from being finished, so we're really excited about it.”

When the old gym was built in 1927, the court ran north-south, but in 1939, as part of a WPA project, it was rebuilt and the court was turned to run east-west. It remained that way for the next 74 seasons of Coyle basketball.

The old gym will become a practice court and physical education facility for the school after they move into the newly constructed gym.

The school expects the new gym to be ready in time to host graduation in May.

by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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