Wellston athletics gets a new look tonight on ESPN

Wellston High will gain some national attention as the renovation of the school’s athletic facilities will be chronicled on ESPN’s “RISE UP” TV series tonight at 7 p.m.

Wellston was among four high schools nationwide selected to receive upgrades prior to the start of the 2011 season. The school has struggled to keep up with other area athletic programs due to economic difficulties and poor playing venues. The positive news surfaced just weeks after the community was left reeling following the sudden death of longtime baseball and basketball coach Jim Derrow, who suffered a heart attack at age 52.

For more in-depth coverage of the RISE UP project, click here and for before photos click here.