High Point Central-Andrews Basketball Game at HPU

High Point University’s Millis Center will be packed with blue and red when the High Point Central Bison take on the Andrews Red Raiders on Friday, Nov. 30.

The boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball games were scheduled to be hosted by High Point Central, but were moved after district staff learned the gymnasium renovations would not be finished in time.

The schools are athletic rivals and these games are traditionally well-attended, so staff worked to find a new, neutral location to hold the matchups. High Point University generously volunteered its James H. and Jesse E. Millis Athletic/Convocation Center for the games.

“We are thankful that High Point University is willing to host these important games,” said Guilford County Schools Superintendent Maurice “Mo” Green. “We have a great partnership with the university, and their generosity ensures this will be a special event for our student-athletes, parents, staff and community supporters.”

The Millis Center has hosted Big South basketball and volleyball tournaments, as well as regionally televised games. President George W. Bush spoke at the Millis Center in 1992. The facility went through a major renovation in 2008.

“High Point University is honored to host this rivalry basketball game between two very fine High Point high schools,” said University President Dr. Nido R. Qubein. “It is because of the importance of this game to the community and the unusual difficulties that High Point Central has had with the construction of their facility that we felt compelled to get involved. HPU has partnered with Guilford County Schools on many initiatives in the past and is committed to being an advocate for our local school system.”

The varsity girls’ game will tip off at 6 p.m. and the boys will take the floor at 7:30 p.m. High Point Central staff is working with the university on additional details, including parking, tickets and concessions.

High Point Central’s gym is undergoing extensive renovations. Miles Builders was awarded the contract in April of 2011 and the building was scheduled to be ready for games in October of 2011. The Guilford County Board of Education terminated that contract in November 2011 after delays and reports the contractor was not paying subcontractors. In April 2012, the Board approved a replacement contractor, KMD Construction, which was selected by Miles Builders’ surety company. KMD Construction provided the district with a new date to occupy the facility of October 2012. That date has been pushed back and the district is working with the contractor on a new schedule.

High school athletic directors worked together to find new locations for High Point Central’s other home basketball games, and moved all the games to Southwest Guilford High until the new year. Varsity games will be played in the new Coggins gym and junior varsity games will be held in the annex. Southwest Guilford High also hosted High Point Central’s basketball games last year. The athletic directors and other staff will continue to find additional locations for High Point Central’s home games in the new year, should that be needed.