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South Tahoe High banners and photos will go up

Joe Proudman
jproudman@tahoedailytribune.com

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – The banners and photos that previously graced the walls in the South Tahoe gymnasiums will go back up South Tahoe High School athletic director Don Borges said.

“They’ll be back. They’re still here at South Tahoe High School. They haven’t been thrown away,” he said. “There won’t be banners this year, but we will make sure everyone is happy.”

There were rumors and murmurs in the community that the visual accolades South Tahoe has achieved over the years would not go back up in the newly remolded gyms on the STHS campus, but Borges said it’s simply a matter of timing. The gyms are still not completely finished, with things such as sound systems, security, windows and such are still being worked on. Borges said that the staff is currently focused on those tasks, before hanging the memorabilia.

“We at South Tahoe High School have yet to put up the banners and it looks like we won’t put up the banners till after the basketball season,” he said. “All those things take time away from our custodial staff to get those squared away, before we hang the banners.

“The gymnasiums that are just open, still have some issues.”

A large amount of support for the banners and photos was directed towards the school after it was assumed they would not be hung again. The likes of Jerod Hasse, University of North Carolina’s assistant basketball coach and STHS grad, and Chris Grant, current general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers and STHS grad, emailed in support of hanging the photos and banners again. Borges said it was just a rumor though.

The district has constructed a committee that will meet Monday, detailed with the task of determining where to install the many photos and banners that have been collected by the Vikings over the years. Borges noted the new trophy cases installed near the hall that now connects the two gyms as a place for trophies and possibly the walls of the hall for the photos as well.

“We want the history of athletics at South Tahoe to be preserved and we will do it in a manner that makes sense,” he said. “We finally have a place to do that. We have a trophy case finally that is more than just a few cabinets.”

This is the first time the photos were removed from the gym. Chris Proctor, the current varsity boys’ basketball coach, hung them back up in 2006 shortly after coming back to coaching at South Tahoe.

“I can tell you when I sit there… you’ll watch visitors come into our gym and stand where the pictures would be and just stare at them,” he said. “Those pictures to me signify a lot. They signal individual achievements and signal what local players can achieve if they strive to be what they can be.”


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