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Osgood Man Finds Home For Used School Gym Floor

An Osgood Resident uses court floor from Lawrenceburg High School gym to create a court of his own.

  • Barn for Basketball

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    Photo: Bill Shaw WTIU

    An Osgood resident converted this barn into a basketball court.

  • Gym Inside

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    Photo: Bill Shaw WTIU

    A look at the inside of the barn. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of spring 2015.

Lawrenceburg High School is getting a new $11 million gym, but for one Osgood, Ind. resident the remains of the school’s old gym are what matters.

From the outside, it looks like an old barn, but climb up to the loft and it’s far from ordinary.

Mark Comer adopted Lawrenceburg High School’s old gym floor. Now, the slats of wood are at home in his barn.

Comer remembers running up and down this hardwood many times in the ’60s.  His team, the Batesville Dragons, traveled to Lawrenceburg at least once a season for what always proved to be an exciting game.

When Comer received a call that the school was demolishing its gym and the floor was up for grabs, he had 24 hours to decide whether to take it.

His family and friends were surprised that he jumped at the chance to get his hands on the old court.

“They really didn’t think it really made much sense honestly,” Comer says.

But Comer had a vision.  He wanted to build a place where kids could come practice and learn to love the game.

“If they want to turn into an athlete, then go for it-go big at something. Why here’s a place where they can do that if they want to.  They can learn any skill they want right in here ,” he says.

Comer expects the construction to be done by next spring.

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