November 13, 2013 | Volume 100 / Number 45

Merger Or Co-Op? That Is The Question

The changing face of Montana class C boys and girls sports is becoming more evident daily. Small towns across the state are losing population at an alarming rate, causing schools to lose enrollment, forcing school closures.

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In the school year 1999-2000, there were just two school basketball co-ops in the entire state. Scobey/Peerless and Flaxville/Outlook.

Of those four schools, just one is still in operation. It is now a co-op between Scobey and Opheim. Peerless, Flaxville and Outlook are no more.

There are now 104 schools supporting 88 Class C teams in Montana.  One merger involved 3 sch...

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