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Wednesday, May 31, 2023
May 31, 2023

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Middle school sports options expanding for Battle Ground students

The Columbian

BATTLE GROUND — Middle school students will have access to more sports options this coming year in Battle Ground Public Schools. The district is adding girls volleyball and co-ed track in 2022-23, in addition to longer seasons of basketball, soccer and cross country. Except for soccer, sports will be open to all students. Soccer will be available to seventh- and eighth-graders.

Registration for each sport opens a few weeks before the season, with girls basketball and co-ed cross country registration beginning Aug. 10.

This is the second year of a multi-phased rollout of middle school sports in the district. Middle school sports were eliminated in Battle Ground Public Schools following a double levy failure in 1982 that necessitated budget reductions. Several district surveys showed the return of middle school sports was a high priority for parents and the community and, in 2019, the school board committed to making that a reality. This commitment, and community support for a replacement four-year Educational Programs and Operations levy in November, ensured the launch could go forward. The initial rollout included five-week seasons of boys and girls basketball and soccer, as well as co-ed cross country.