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Lack of interest, little participation in tryouts, scuttled Centennial program

COURTESY GRAPHIC: CENTENNIAL SCHOOL DISTRICT - Centennial girls basketball is unable to field a team for the 21/22 season.Centennial High School will not have a varsity girls basketball team this year after failing to generate enough interest for tryouts.

Head Coach Jeff Stanek said this result has been brewing since 2014, when the Eagles youth program was forced to close because of prohibitive costs to rent gym space. That left a generation of potential basketball players turning to other sports. Compounding the issue has been a lack of a Middle School team within the Centennial School District for the last 12 years.

"All of that and COVID issues have all combined to decimate the program," Stanek said. We only have a few girls in the building who have ever played, and there are only a couple with any varsity skills."

The Eagles attempted to go independent for the last two years, but the 2020 season was marred by COVID restrictions. Even as other schools within the Mt. Hood Conference began practicing and participating in shortened seasons, the Eagles were slower to reopen. Centennial first hit the court two weeks after the OSAA official start date.

"That resulted in many potential players simply not trying out," Stanek said.

The Eagles girls basketball program is working to rebuild for the future. They are taking steps to generate more interest in the team, but that will be a slow process. It is unclear if they will return to the court for the 2022/23 season.


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