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Town refurbishes basketball gymnasium in community center

PENCE, Wis. –– The town of Pence has something that is very old but is also new.

It is the renovated, refurbished and refinished basketball gymnasium in the Pence Community Center.

Believed to have been built in 1944, the gym was considered something special for its time and even had the narrow lanes with a circular-lined top that made it look like a key. The narrow lanes with the round top first came into being in the 1920s.

Deke Routheaux, who worked on the resurfacing and renovating, along with his son, Tim, and wife, Debbie, said this is how the basketball term "top of the key" came into b...