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Plans on track for permanent snack shack at Earl Crabbe Gym

Placer cross country coach Randall Fee spearheading project
By: Matthew Kimel, Journal sports editor
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A permanent snack shack is coming to Earl Crabbe Gym. 

The new fixture at the historic facility is expected to be ready in time for Placer High School basketball season, said Athletic Director Mark Lee.

The project, part of a three phase operation, is the brainchild of cross country coach Randall Fee, who made a generous donation to get the process started.

“I, like so many Placer alumni, feel it’s important to give back to your alma mater so future generations can experience the great times at Placer as we did,” Fee said. “In following the tradition of so many contributors to Placer in the past, I wanted to start this fundraising project for the Earl Crabbe Gym.” 

In addition to remodeling a physical education storage closet to a snack shack by the dance floor inside of the gym, a trophy case will be installed by the new food bar and display cabinets will also be brought in to house the new Placer Sports Hall of Fame.

The gym, which was opened in 1946, has always sported a makeshift snack shack composed of folding tables. 

“People are so excited about it,” Lee said. “Our parents and students and athletes have always dreaded the burden of setting up the snack bar.”

The new feature will have an ice machine, a sink, roll-up opening door and a nacho machine.

“It’s going to look legitimate,” Fee said.

Regular staples such as pizza and hot dogs will still be available.

Fee and Lee are seeking additional donations to finish the three phases. 

Phase 1, expected to be complete before the Nov. 26 Hillmen     foundation basketball games, needs about another $3,000 of funds until it’s finished. The process includes the remodeling of the vacant storage room, adding plumbing and storage shelves.

Phase 2, which needs another $5,000 and is expected to be done by March, pits a permanent trophy case on the east wall outside the new snack bar. There currently is no place to display all the trophies and awards won by Placer students. The awards are currently scattered across the campus in various buildings and being held by coaches. 

The old trophy case, located in the cafeteria, is full and its sliding doors have been inoperable for years. 

Phase 3, in need of an additional $3,000 of funding and will host the new Hall of Fame, won’t be complete until about September.

Both Phase 2 and 3 will be completed upon necessary approval of the school district, which Fee and Lee are expecting to be OK’d. 

Thus far, about $4,000 have been raised. Donations can be made to Placer High School Athletics to help with the fundraiser and dropped off at the main administrative building. 

Fee and Lee believe the Hall of Fame and trophy case will appeal to visiting alumni and those who have never been on campus before.

Said Fee: “I think it will be a showcase for Placer and the Earl Crabbe Gym.” 

Reach Matthew Kimel at matthewk@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @matthewkimel