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Hunter court refurbishment almost complete

Aug 01, 2018 02:03PM ● By Jana Klopsch

Comflors removed the old basketball court and is laying a new base. (Craig Stauffer/Hunter High School)

By Greg James |  [email protected]           

As the school year approaches construction on the new basketball floor at Hunter High School is nearing completion. 

The project began as the final two weeks of the school year finished. The work zone became off limits after the closing assembly, construction began the next day. 

The floor is being replaced by Comflors, a family owned and operated business that specializes in indoor sports flooring. They have completed other floor restorations around the state. The Ogden based company has installed flooring at Granger, Corner Canyon and several other local schools. 

The new Wolverines floor will cost approximately $270,000. The Granite School District awarded the contract to Comflors in February after receiving two other bids for construction. 

The new flooring is designed to be highly resilient and has consistent shock absorption to reduce injuries. The system combines laminated planks and plywood to provide stability and strength. 

The old floor was removed completely to the subflooring and replaced with highly functional plywood sheets during construction. 

The flooring design will be similar. A large letter H will be prominent at center court and two Wolverine logos will be placed inside each three point line. 

Construction has forced summer programs like volleyball, basketball summer camps and cheerleading workouts to be moved to other parts of the school or to local junior highs. 

The Wolverines basketball floor has hosted many fabulous performances since its opening in 1990. 

The boys basketball Utah state champions played on the surface in 2004. The team coached by Dave Filimoehala won its final 14 games of the season including its 33-32 victory over Cottonwood in the championship game. 

The basketball team is not the only championship team to compete on the Hunter surface. Its drill team, the Silhouettes, won back-to-back state championships in 1997 and 1998. 

They were coached by Jenni Carlson and dominated the 5A high school classification for several years. This year they are being coached by Courtney Carsey. 

Last season the Silhouettes returned to the state competition after a three year absence. They placed fourth overall in Region 2 and competed in day one of the state drill finals. They lost in the pairing to Herriman, Layton and Westlake who all advanced. 

The Wolverine volleyball team placed second in Region 2, but lost in two straight matches at the state volleyball tournament to Bingham and Copper Hills. This season the volleyball coach is Becky Dees. 

The flooring refurbishment is scheduled to be completed before school opens in August. The Wolverines volleyball team is slated to host the first events on the floor against Farmington High School Aug. 21 and Logan Aug. 23. 

The last competition held on the old floor was the fundraiser donkey basketball game held in May.