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Change of venue for Round 2 of Monroe-Westover basketball game part of thought process

The Dougherty County Schools athletic committee, in hopes of accommodating an expected huge crowd when The Herald's top two boys teams, No. 1 Monroe and No. 2 Westover, play again Feb. 5, are in the thought process of moving that game from Monroe to either Darton College or Albany State.

In their first game this season, played Jan. 8 at Westover, the Tornadoes won, 61-58.

In Tuesday morning's meeting, three primary issues were at hand -- crowd accommodations, cost and whether Monroe would be open to having its Feb. 5 home game taken away for the sake of having a larger crowd.

The Albany Civic Center was briefly discussed as a site but appeared to be discounted from the conversation due to what it charges for use of its facility.

The Herald recently ran an opinion poll, asking readers if they would favor this game being moved to a bigger facility and the responses favored moving the game. Dougherty County Schools athletic director Johnny Seabrooks said he was not sure if the poll had any impact on Tuesday's meeting.

"I can't answer that, I'm not aware of that," Seabrooks said, regarding The Herald's poll.

School board member Michael Windom, who also is a member of the athletic committee, said, "There is some merit in possibly moving it to a neutral site to anticipate an increase in fans. We are certainly exploring it as an option. It may or may not happen."