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Beckley basketball to play at Woodrow Wilson High School Friday

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The book of Beckley basketball will add a new chapter Friday. For the first time in school history, Woodrow Wilson will host it's home basketball game at the high school instead of the Beckley Raleigh County Convention Center.

"It's a little bit different but I'm excited and I'm sure the kids are excited to be the first team ever to play in the home gym," said head coach Ron Kidd.

The game against Winfield is one of two on the schedule that is moved to the high school, and while some fans may have mixed feelings, the players welcome the change.

"I'm happy myself, being a senior and we're the first group to ever do this, so it's pretty big for us," said Jaylon Breckenridge.

The Woodrow gym recently had a facelift. With stands that can hold over 1,300 people and a new sound system, the facility is finally ready to handle the Flying Eagles followers.

Brent Osborne said, "they put in a nice little sound system so I'm sure pregame will be jumping."

While the home court is beyond fitting for a high school basketball game, Woodrow's Athletic Department has made one thing clear. The change is a just a scheduling conflict, and the Armory is still where Beckley basketball lives.

"I think it's a special event the way I look at it. I feel good about our kids having the opportunity to play in front of our school. So, we never want to leave Armory, because we feel like that's our home," added Kidd.

Though the change is just for a couple games, the players are still hopeful loyal fans will pack the house.

"I think it's going to be a great turnout either way, doesn't matter if we're at the Armory or here, I hope it's going to be good," said Noah Hancock.

Wherever the flying eagles spread their wings, one thing is for sure, the venue may be different but the mindset is the same.

"It's basketball. Beckley basketball," explained Breckenridge.

Kidd agreed, "once a Flying Eagle always a Flying Eagle."

The legend of Beckley basketball continues Friday at 7:30.