By Virgil Vaupel
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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.

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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