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Centations continue to progress

1/01/09 (Thu)

Last season the Center-Stanton Centations accomplished something that has never happened in Center before: They earned two third place trophies at NDADD State competition.

And already in the 2008-2009 season, the Centations brought home three trophies from their opening competition Dec. 20. C-S earned a first place in jazz and a second in hip-hop and kick from the Bismarck Demonettes Invitational to return to their winning ways.

As competition starts heating up in January the Centations are ready to make a mark not soon forgotten with even stronger routines, more members and the addition of an extra twist not seen in Center dance yet.

But head coach Nicole Albers knows the loss of dancers from last year’s team is going to add a little inexperience as the Centations look to go even deeper into State finals this season. C-S lost SheraLynn Ternes, Lisa Fricke, Brittany Kalmbach, Brittany Layton and Becca Aman from last year.

With 10 girls out for dance this year and one on injured reserve, the Centations do have plenty of willing and athletic young women to choose from. Returning seniors are Shantell Schutt, Bethany Klein and Lacy Bornemann. Junior Holly Price also added four years of experience. The team gained three newcomers in seventh grader Siam Simpfenderfer and eighth graders BreAnna Schutt and Whitney Wiedrich.

Junior Kayla Heilman is also on the team but stationed on injured reserve. Bornemann will dance but her wrist injury may need to be casted.

"We can actually have practice four days a week," Albers said about the one morning a week practice schedule incorporated to mesh with basketball season. The rest of the time they practice after school in the Civic Center, something they could not do with last year’s schedule.

"The dedication has been a lot better this year."

The Centations are going to need that extra practice time as they have already made large changes to their routines. After the Dec. 20 competition, judges’ remarks surprised the Centations.