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Speasl not up for enshrinement

CENTRAL POINT ­ New Crater High athletic director Dan Speasl hasspent untold hours helping students and staff alike in the Central PointSchool District as teacher, counselor and coach.

So it wasn't surprising that someone suggested naming a new multipurposeactivities building near Patrick Elementary School in Gold Hill in his honor.But it just didn't seem right to Speasl, who elevated Crater's program intoone of the state's best during a two-decade period before handing the reinsover to present coach Greg Haga.

I'm still breathing and I don't have any intention of quittinganytime soon, says the 44-year-old Speasl. It just came up atkind of an emotional moment at the 40th-year wrestling reunion. Ithink I've finally convinced Greg Haga and Al Morse to simply call it thePatrick-

Hanby Field House and put a plaque on the wall with the names of allthe people who helped build it.

The 2,000-square foot building is on the northeast side of the footballfield where Hanby Middle School plays its football games and runs track.

The building will have restrooms for fans at athletic contests, be usedby wrestlers and tumblers.

It can even be used by adult aerobics classes, Speasl says.

If all goes as planned, the facility should be operational this fall.

We've had tremendous support from all kinds of people, Speaslsays. If we didn't have it, we wouldn't be able to do the building.It would be kind of embarrassing for me to go out and ask for a donationto finish the building if it had my name on it.

He says Ron Overstake, Ron Dungey and Morse were instrumental in gettingthe project off the ground.