I haven't been in the Fieldhouse since I moved to Indy in 1997. It still looks great. Best damn place to watch a game in the Valley.
FWIWyou may be a little biased as I'm sure I am I like another memorial fieldhouse (where I actually saw Luke Witte play against Nate Witherspoon in around 68) in Canton
There is something special about the Struthers Fieldhouse. There is so much going for it a distinct musty odor (I love it), great atmosphere, the cotton candy, the seating, the lighting. Yeah its the best place in the state to watch games!
guess it was the auditoruim than was it laid out like the fieldhouse I was only 11 and the Canton Fieldhouse is still my favorite place to watch a gameFWIW
Nick Weatherspoon[/B] - AKA 'Spoon'
... McKinley never played Marlington at the Field House
... McKinley (with 'Spoon') and Marlington (with Witte) met 3 times
all were in Section/District play at Canton's Memorial Auditorium
(1967 sectional : 1968 district semi : 1969 district final )
In the 1969 game Spoon scored 37 points while double teamed most of the night
Witte put in 38 points of Marlington's 57
When asked about the Pups game plan in not double teaming Witte, Rupert's reply
"Witte is a fine player, he'll get his 30 no matter what we do, so we'll deny
his team mates the oppertunity to score."
McKinley won 87~57
That’s pretty cool. My mom went to PolandAs for the history of Poland's gyms
The current fieldhouse opened for the 1999-2000 season. This was after I moved to Indy and I've only seen one game (shortly after it opened)
The prior gym opened with the new high school in the 1972-73 season. If there was a distinguishing characteristic when it was built, it was the bench style backs for the seats in the two sections behind the benches. Those were sold as reserved season tickets at the time.
The current middle school gym opened for the 1939-40 season. I loved that band box. Walls on each side of the court with about 8-10 rows of bleachers. A balcony behind the west basket and a stage behind the east basket. I think it was a very common set up of gyms built in the 1930's.
Poland had no home gym for 1938-39 - they played a few home games at Boardman. I believe the new gym was built on the site of the prior gym that had been built for the 1927-28 season. Prior to that, Poland played home games at Elser's Barn in North Lima - yes a barn.
Here's are two blurry images of the 1939 gym from a freshman game in the 1968-69 season. Ten year old me was not a good photographer Note the Tri-County League banners hanging on the walls. This gym also had the three foot restraining lines for inbounding the ball with the walls just right beyond the sidelines and baselines.
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Interesting - I had never researched the Class A tournament back in those days. South High Fieldhouse opened in December 1940. I'm not sure if there was another venue in Youngstown that could have hosted. The old Rayen gym seems like it would have been too small. The Mahoning County Class B tournament was played at Boardman until South Fieldhouse opened.For What It's Worth...
Back in the day when there were only 2 Classes (A & B): Youngstown South
Fieldhouse was the host for many Class A District games; sometimes shared
with Kent State's Gym or the Goodyear Gym (in Akron). McKinley advanced to
Columbus for the OHSAA final-16 many times thru Youngstown.