As Trey Auchtung dribbled out the final seconds in the Ripon High School boys’ basketball team’s 66-52 victory over Omro last week Saturday, it marked more than just the Tigers’ third-straight regional championship.

It signaled the end of an era.

The game, which featured a packed crowd, was the final high school contest in the gymnasium Ripon called home since 1964.

The high school’s indoor sports will move tRo a new, bigger facility this fall as part of the renovation to combine the high school and middle school.

While the old gymnasium won’t host any more high school games, the sounds of bouncing basketballs, squeaking of shoes and hitting of volleyballs will continue to echo throughout it.

Ripon Middle School will move into it and use it for physical education classes, as well as practices and sporting events.

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