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By Tumbleweed Smith.

Meeteetse is a town of about 400 people in northwestern Wyoming. Robert Lee is a town of about 1,000 people in the center of Coke County, Texas. The likelihood of thee two towns playing each other in a high school football game is extremely remote. But it happened. Last May, the people of Robert Lee passed a three million dollar bond issue to build a new stadium. Construction started almost immediately and work was competed just a few days before the first varsity game. “People were real excited about the stadium,” says athletic director and football coach Shay Avants. “All during construction, people would drive by to get a look.” The new facility will seat 1,800 and is big enough to have the track inside the stadium instead of it running outside around the bleachers as it did in the old one. The playing surface is state of the art artificial turf. “With water restrictions due to the drought, the last two years it was nothing but dirt out there for the kids to play on,” says Shay. “It’s a welcome change from what we had.”
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