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High school basketball: Scott Raper leaving Centennial to be new Yukon boys coach

by Scott Wright Published: April 2, 2013
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/articleid/3779026/1/pictures/2000432">Photo - Scott Raper, shown here addressing students and faculty at Centennial after winning the 2011 state basketball championship, was named the head boys basketball coach at Yukon.  PHOTO BY STEVE GOOCH, The Oklahoman Archives
Scott Raper, shown here addressing students and faculty at Centennial after winning the 2011 state basketball championship, was named the head boys basketball coach at Yukon. PHOTO BY STEVE GOOCH, The Oklahoman Archives

Walking away from something he built from the ground up was not easy for Raper. But the decision was about more than basketball. “It took a lot of thought,” Raper said. “I told the players that I knew I was leaving a team that more than likely was a state championship team.

“I'm very thankful to all the players I coached at Centennial, and all the faculty and administration, because it was great and I enjoyed it.

“I have an opportunity to go to a school where my wife and I will be able to teach in the same school district and my son will be in the same school district with us, and I'll be able to watch the things that he does growing up.”

Raper currently lives in Moore, where his wife previously worked in elementary education.

While he won't be starting a program from scratch at Yukon, Raper has a building project ahead of him. The Millers won two games last season, and coach Ralph Nigro stepped down at the end of the year. Yukon hasn't been to the state tournament since 1996.

But with facilities that rival any high school in the state, and the eighth-largest student body to pull athletes from, Raper has some valuable tools to work with. And his presence should bring a shot of energy to the program.

“Not only is he a great coach, but he's a great man,” Fisher said. “It's so important these days to have good, ethical men and women in coaching who can give your kid a moral compass and help them in today's ever-changing society.

“It's valuable to have somebody to lean on and look up to, to make sure they're learning some great life skills, and that's an area where Scott is above reproach.”

by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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