‘This gymnasium is out of this world’: Outsiders impressed with new THS facility – Reuters

By Ethan Strang

Troup County High School hosted 58 schools Friday night for state wrestling sections, impacting the economy and giving the school a chance to show off its brand new multi-purpose sports facility. .

Some schools drove for less than an hour, while others had to travel for over five hours.

Anthony Edwards brought his team to LaGrange from Banneker High School in College Park. His team was not staying overnight and had to make the hour-long drive back to College Park Friday night before returning to LaGrange early Saturday morning.

The Wayne County Wrestling Team traveled over four hours to compete in the Sectional Tournament. The team stays at the Comfort Inn in LaGrange and praised the Troup County facilities.

“It’s amazing, this gym is out of this world,” said Wayne County head wrestling coach Thomas Swilley.

Clarke Central of Athens braved a trip through Atlanta traffic to Troup County. They booked rooms at the Baymont Hotel and spent the night at LaGrange. Clarke Central Wrestling head coach Shane McCord also praised the Troup County facility.

“The facilities are excellent, among the best in the state right now,” he said.

The praise didn’t stop there, as he was very appreciative of Troup County Wrestling head coach Drew Garner and his help in setting up the tournament.

“The Troup County head coach did a great job sending us hotel information and sending us rates,” McCord said.

“It was really easy to find a place near the school.”

Unfortunately the hotels were fully booked a few weeks ago and it was not so easy for everyone to find a hotel.

“One of the West Laurens coaches called and said everything was sold out in town,” Troup County athletic director Andrew Calhoun said. “The closest hotel he could find was in Alabama.”

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