BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - There have been some tough Friday nights in the fall for Albany High School football in recent years. The Hornets haven't reached the playoffs since 2009 and finished just 2-8 last season. However, third year head coach Blane Westmoreland and his team have some positive vibes going into 2015. The Hornets are nearing the completion of a brand new field house and football operations building, which is nearly a $2 million investment into the program.
"It's a big venture for us in this community," says Westmoreland, "It's something that this community has long deserved, something these kids deserved and have fought for. It's something that our community and school can hang their hats on and say 'we did this'. And it's something I'm extremely proud to be a part of".
The building should be ready to go in roughly a week and is filled with many different amenities.
"We got a new weight room, locker room, training room, film room, everything you could ask for," Westmoreland continues, "We were working out in something, that's probably 1/3 of what our weight room is now. Now we've got twenty different stations, plus three stations of dumbbells we can get guys work in and two stations of medicine balls."
Albany anticipates less lost time moving forward, as team activities should be most more organized and consolidated. Bad weather could often scatter the team throughout the Albany campus and lead to a bit of chaos.
Will the positive vibes of the fieldhouse lead to better results on the field? The Hornets will find out soon enough.