Viking View

Question of the Week: In an effort to improve communication we will start having a “Question of the Week”. If you have a question please email it to [email protected]. Then one of the questions submitted will be drawn to be addressed in the following week’s Viking View. Questions cannot involve personal situations among students, staff, or parents. They should be general in nature and related to public information.

This week’s question: Why does it seem like athletic schedules/game times are always changing?

There are many reasons why schedules get changed. A big reason for it is less participation in sports overall. Each Spring AD’s plan for JV and Varsity games for the following year. However, fewer athletes seem to be going out for sports so by the beginning of the season there might only be half of the schools with a JV team. Throughout the season JV numbers sometimes drop below the required amount to hold a contest. When this happens, games get cancelled so game times change as late as the day of the contest. Another reason for schedule changes are lack of officials. The number of folks willing to be referees is dwindling all over the country due to abuse of officials or the time commitment involved. Just last weekend a game between Hellgate and Helena High was stopped before the end of regulation because of unruly fans. Most officials have full time jobs so when they contact the AD about changing times because they can’t find officials to cover games there is not much anyone can do about that. A third reason is lack of bus drivers. There are many times when a driver has to drop off the team then drive back to the home school to run the bus route then go back to get the team. These are just 3 of the main issues that force schools to rearrange schedules. Other impacts are regionalized scheduling, cultural events, weather events, illness issues, and lack of game administration for clocks, books, line judges, etc. We have been relatively lucky this year with scheduling. It is something we try to keep up with on facebook and emails when there are changes. Until participation increases, there are more officials, and there are more bus drivers you can expect more of the same in the years to come.

State Wrestling: The wrestlers are headed to Billings this week for State Feb. 10-11. Good Luck to Aubrey Sharbono as she competes at the next level!

District BB: The District Basketball Tournament starts Feb. 16 in Polson at the Linderman gym. Daily tickets are $10 Adults and $7 for students and seniors. Tournament Pass is $25 for Adults/seniors and students are $20. The girls play at 2 PM Thursday then TBA from there forward. The boys play at 1:30 PM Friday then TBA from there forward. Tournament Brackets will be posted to the school facebook page.

Pep Bus: We will be offering a pep bus to the girls game next Thursday of the District Tournament for grades 6-12. Permission slips are available in the office. Students are responsible for the price of admission which is $7. The bus will leave after students eat lunch and arrive back to the school around 4:30 PM that day. If you have questions please call 644-2206.

February School Board Meeting Change: The regular monthly school board meeting for February will be held on Feb. 15 at 7 PM instead of Feb. 21.

Little Dribblers: A flyer went home to K-5 students with details on Little Dribblers this past week. If you did not get one but want more information please call the office 644-2206.