Middle school sports officially return with boys basketball tipoff

January 26, 2022 cbrown

Middle school sports officially return with boys basketball tipoff

Jan. 26, 2022

Competitive sports are officially back in Battle Ground Public Schools’ six middle schools for the first time in 40 years. Seventh and 8th grade boys basketball teams tipped off their opening games of a two-week season on Monday. To celebrate the occasion, the Portland Trailblazers sent their own mascot, Blaze, to greet excited fans and players at Pleasant Valley Middle School, where the Patriots took on the Dragons of Daybreak Middle. 

“It was super exciting to see the boys playing, wearing uniforms representing their schools,” said Tom Adams, the district’s Director of Student Services. “The student, staff and community support was amazing. I don’t know how many times I heard, ‘this is so cool’ from all the groups that were in attendance.”

The return of middle school sports was long a high priority for parents and community members in district surveys. In 2019, the district’s Board of Directors set plans in motion to bring competitive sports back to Battle Ground’s six middle schools. This commitment, and community support for a replacement four-year Educational Programs and Operations levy this past November, ensured the launch could go forward after a pandemic-caused delay. Sports and extracurricular activities are supported by local levy dollars that pay for equipment and coaches’ wages. Sports and gate fees typically cover officials and transportation to games.

This inaugural season includes three weeks of intramural scrimmages, followed by two weeks of competition between other middle schools in the district. A full schedule is available on the district website.

Girls basketball season begins Feb. 7, and registration is still open for students in 7th and 8th grades. Students must complete a sports physical before they can participate. Details and information on signing up are available online

Other sports planned for this spring include cross country (6-8 grade) and soccer (7th and 8th grades). Other sports are planned for future years. To help manage the cost of reintroducing the middle school sports program, sports will be phased in over several years and use existing facilities.

Middle school mascots and Blaze

Boys Basketball Schedule

Monday, January 24

4:00PM
Daybreak at Pleasant Valley 8th
Tukes Valley at Laurin 8th

4:30PM
Laurin at Amboy (7th/8th Blended)

5:15PM 
Chief Umtuch at Pleasant Valley 7th
Tukes Valley at Laurin 7th

Wednesday,  January 26

4:00PM
Daybreak at Tukes Valley 8th
Pleasant Valley at Laurin 8th

4:30PM
Amboy at Daybreak (7th/8th Blended)

5:15PM 
Chief Umtuch at Tukes Valley 7th
Pleasant Valley at Laurin 7th

Friday, January 28

4:00PM
Laurin vs Daybreak 8th at Chief Umtuch
Tukes Valley at Pleasant Valley 8th

4:30PM
Daybreak at Laurin (7th/8th Blended)

5:15PM 
Laurin at Chief Umtuch 7th
Tukes Valley at Pleasant Valley 7th

Monday, January 31

4:00PM
Laurin at Tukes Valley 7th
Pleasant Valley vs Chief Umtuch 7th at Daybreak

4:30PM
Amboy at Laurin (7th/8th Blended)

5:15PM 
Laurin at Tukes Valley 8th
Pleasant Valley at Daybreak 8th

Wednesday, February 2

4:00PM
Laurin at Pleasant Valley 7th
Tukes Valley vs Chief Umtuch 7th at Daybreak

4:30PM
Daybreak at Amboy (7th/8th Blended)

5:15PM 
Laurin at Pleasant Valley 8th
Tukes Valley at Daybreak 8th

Friday, February 4

4:00PM
Chief Umtuch at Laurin 7th
Pleasant Valley at Tukes 7th

4:30PM
Laurin at Daybreak (7th/8th Blended)

5:15PM
Daybreak at Laurin 8th
Pleasant Valley at Tukes Valley 8th

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