School athletic directors assess facilities (GALLERY)

weight room crestview high school

Area coaches said their schools' athletics facilities are largely sufficient but sometimes come up a bit short. Pictured is Crestview High School's weight room.

RANDY DICKSON / News Bulletin
Published: Friday, April 26, 2013 at 04:01 PM.

CRESTVIEW — In an era when competition has never been fiercer in high school sports, sometimes, the quality of facilities can make the difference between winning and losing.

From well maintained fields and gyms to weight rooms and locker rooms, Crestview High School and Baker and Laurel Hill schools’ coaching staffs frequently improve what they have to make the experience more enjoyable for players and fans.

Crestview High School

So far, Crestview athletic director and head football coach Tim Hatten, who was hired last month, says he’s impressed with the Bulldogs’ venues.

Hatten — who came to Crestview from Pearl River Community College in Mississippi and, prior to that, was Haines City’s head football coach — has visited numerous high school campuses in Mississippi and across Florida, and he said Crestview's facilities are among the best he's seen.

"We probably had 22 high schools in our recruiting district at Pearl River, and those schools ranged from 1A high schools to 6A high schools, with the top-end enrollment being right at 2,000 students," he said. "Certainly, we would be in the top 5 percent in the state, from what I've seen in recruiting over the last 11 years. And in my 14 years in Polk County, I would say our facilities are as good (as) or better than any of the 20-something schools in Polk County."

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