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Ex-Panthers invited

Any former Plant High players or coaches are invited to attend the final regular-season home game in the history of Plant High's gym Friday against Hillsborough High.

A brief ceremony will be held for all former players and coaches before the game, which begins at 8 p.m.

Plant's gym, opened in 1929, will be torn down this spring, and a new 2,000-seat facility will be built before next season.

"I will miss this little gym because of its great atmosphere," Plant coach Mike Phillips said. "It's loud, and the fans are right there on top of you. It just has a great feel to it.

"But I'm also looking forward to having more than four baskets in the gym to practice with. And I'm also looking forward to some better lighting."