Overton home games cancelled

Due to mitigating circumstances involving the current state of the football field, Overton will be playing its homecoming game away on Oct. 15 against district opponent Big Sandy.

The game will be played at at Sabine High School’s James Bamburg Stadium in Liberty City.

Alan Umholtz, Overton Independent School District superintendent, indicated there was little chance the Mustangs would play any home games at Coach Chester Roy Stadium this season.

“We are looking for a site for ‘Senior Night’ on Nov. 5th,” he said.

The Mustangs were scheduled to host Hawkins for their final regular season game on that date but, according to the school’s website, the location has been changed to “TBA.”

Over the Summer months Overton’s home opener against Cayuga on Aug. 26 was rescheduled as an away game, despite assurances that it would be ready in time, with the next home game against Sabine rescheduled as the home opener on Sept. 24, which was also later rescheduled as an away game.

Next Friday’s homecoming game was then set to be the home opener before those plans were also scrapped, and now the final home game of the season is in serious doubt.

Overton’s home field, Coach Chester Roy Stadium, is being renovated as part of a $6.5 million bond package. Demolition of the field began June 1, and the old gymnasium was demolished in October 2009.

Voters in the Overton ISD school district approved the bond issue by a narrow 24-vote margin in May of last year.

OISD board of trustees next meeting is set for 6 p.m. this Monday Oct. 11 in the Overton ISD annex building, 111 E. McKay Street.

Trustees are scheduled to hear an update from Patrick Bryan, construction manager for general contractor J.E. Kingham Construction Co. of Nacogdoches, the company in charge of ongoing field renovations.

Many area residents have already indicated plans to attend the meeting and voice their displeasure at the repeated delays.

For photos of the current progress of the stadium, go here.

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