Low numbers means no C-team basketball
When Tonganoxie school board members were asked in July to consider a cut policy for high school sports, they balked.
Instead, they offered an alternative creation of a C-team in sports if participation exceeds available positions.
The idea hasn't been used yet.
Turnout for this fall's volleyball team didn't warrant a C-team, and boys' and girls' basketball won't have any either.
Boys' basketball has 36 players, with 12 varsity, 12 junior varsity and 12 freshmen.
The numbers don't allow for a C-team, but a Kaw Valley League rule stipulates that seniors can only play varsity basketball, unless there is an agreed upon circumstance, such as a senior foreign exchange student or a senior with severe injury coming back through rehabilitation in junior varsity.
Kansas State High School Activities Association rules state teams can only have 12 players on Sub-state varsity rosters.
THS boys' basketball coach David Walker had nine seniors, but not all have had varsity experience. Walker doesn't have available varsity spots, and the league rule doesn't allow them to play junior varsity.
"These are not easy decisions but sometimes we're forced to make decisions for the good of the team and not the individuals," Walker said. "No coach across the country becomes a coach to make these kinds of decisions."
THS girls' basketball coach Leslie Foster said she has 24 players this year five seniors, three juniors, five sophomores and 11 freshmen. Numbers won't allow for a C-team for her either.
Athletics director John Lee said that the C-team policy is a good idea with extra numbers.
"At the end of the year we might need to look at a cut policy," Lee said. "Once every several years it happens."
Lee, who has been at THS for eight years, was referring to an increase in numbers. The basketball program had enough players for a sophomore team about four years ago.
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