When Niobrara-Verdigre and Neligh-Oakdale face off tonight, it'll be more than just the end of the regular season. It'll be the end of the line for the Cougars basketball court.
On March 20, 2014, construction began on the new Niobrara school, which includes classrooms and a new gym. According to Superintendent Margaret Sandoz, there are hopes to move into the new area sometime next month.
While the current gym will no longer host varsity contests, it will still be a busy venue. It will be renovated to become a fine arts performance area.
Improvements include new carpet, ceiling tiles, new wood floors, built in storage and a built in stage with a retractable 18-foot floor.
It will host one-act productions and music concerts as well as serve as a practice gym for basketball and volleyball, and perhaps host junior high contests.
Final completion date for all work is projected to be August 1, 2015.
Tonight's junior varsity game begins at 6:15 p.m. with the varsity game to follow at 7:30 p.m.