Bear River won’t hit the slopes

Ski and snowboard teams cancelled
By: Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer
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The Bear River High ski and snowboard teams have been cancelled this year, according to former coach Janis Serrano. “Bear River has decided not to have a team for ski or snowboard anymore. It’s really sad. They have had one since the beginning of the school,” Serrano said. “The have decided to discontinue our program. I don’t know what’s going on with the other schools. It’ll be sad if we are the only ones in the Foothills that don’t have a team.” State budget woes and the more strict enforcement of pay-to-play practices in public schools have forced many schools in the district to make cut-backs to athletic programs. These are the first sports that have been eliminated in the Auburn-area altogether, though. In an interview at the beginning of the school year, Bear River athletic director Duwaine Ganskie said all of the athletic programs were under review. According to Ganskie, funding was not the main criteria in the school’s review. Ski and snowboard programs were being looked at to be eliminated because of the resources (not necessarily monetary) needed versus the number of students that participated, not funding shortfalls. According to Ganskie less than 20 kids were on the ski and snowboard teams in recent years. “Are we able to offer that program safely? Are we best serving the kids?” Ganskie said. “We are the only one that offers a full array of sports. We are smaller than Placer and a little bigger than Colfax. We might just be spread a little thin.” For more information on ski and snowboard teams in the Auburn-area check back for a full-story in a weekend edition of the Journal. ~Sara Seyydin