Centennial boys basketball coach Scott Raper shaves head to celebrate team's title

BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer, swright@opubco.com Modified: March 25, 2011 at 4:59 pm •  Published: March 25, 2011

If his players keep winning state championships, Centennial boys basketball coach Scott Raper says he'll keep letting them shave his head — or he'll even go a step farther.

“They can shave both of my chest hairs if they win it again next year,” Raper joked Friday after his team had buzzed the hair off his head in front of the entire student body to celebrate the school's first state championship.

Raper promised his players last season that if they made it to the state tournament, he'd shave his head, but that team came up short. This year, he upped the stakes, telling them they'd have to win the gold ball if they wanted to see him hairless.

The Bison finished the job, defeating Northeast 64-59 in the Class 3A championship game on March 12.

“I want to let these kids enjoy some of the goofiness of sports,” Raper said. “This was their dream, to see me bald and ugly. But they didn't get anything but bald, so I'm happy with that.”

This is the school's fourth year in existence, and the program has fought through some growing pains, even this year. The Bison began the season ranked No. 12in Class 3A, but made a slow, steady climb toward the top five.

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