Over the last few years as the baseball coach for Washburn-Wilton-Center-Stanton, Kip Erickson has seen massive talent come through his program. Three specific players that top his list are Cole Bender, Cody Durkee and Charlie Retterath.
Going into the Class B State Track and Field Meet for the first time last weekend, Wendlin Berger was overlooked as a strong competitor in the 100-meter hurdles. It’s a status that didn’t seem to bother the Center-Stanton junior as he burst out of the blocks for a preliminary time of 15.93 seconds. It was a shock to the other members of his flight as the 15th seed placed second in his flight.
Holly Price is a busy young woman. The list of activities the Center-Stanton senior is involved in includes volleyball, dance, student council, yearbook, science club, band and choir. She also just finished giving her co-salutatorian speech last Sunday for her high school graduation.
Kirby Kraft already locked up his return to the Class B State Track and Field Meet with a qualifying leap in the triple jump. Last Saturday at the Trinity Town Crier Meet in Dickinson, he qualified for state and won the triple jump with a jump of 42 feet, 5 inches. His mark puts him among the top five in the state so far.
During the preseason, coach Kip Erickson knew he was faced with the challenge of maturing a young group into a solid contender among Region 8 competition. Nearly two months later the co-op between Washburn, Wilton and Center-Stanton schools is hitting the downward slope of their season and have only four conference losses to their name while sweeping three other opponents.