If anyone wants to question the level of competition in District 9, they only need to look at the battle raging for the seeds in the boys basketball district tournament. Last week New Salem clinched the regular-season championship but even their coach Rick Sturn acknowledged that any one of the top five teams in the race could come away with the wins when it counts.
For Center-Stanton New Year’s has its own tradition, a big match up against even bigger Beulah. When the two non-conference teams match up at the beginning of each new calendar year, no one leaves the gym without a fast heart rate.
Some wins are sweeter than others. With the storied past of teams that come out of the Center-Stanton and Hazen programs, the two town’s proximity creates a natural rivalry. So the Wildcats took no small satisfaction in rallying from a four-point halftime deficit to win 67-62 in Hazen.
It’s been nine months since the Center-Stanton boys basketball team waved their Wildcat colors on the hardwood. Although a different combination of players opened the 2009-10 season last Friday, a few remnants of last year’s squad still remained.
It wasn’t too long ago that Center-Stanton and Flasher were facing off in a tournament. The two District 9 teams faced for the Region 5 championship in volleyball with the Bulldogs earning the title after an intense five-game match.
The Hazen-Beulah boys hockey team was hoping to come out of the opening weekend starting the season off on a good foot. And after two long road trips, their feet were about the only thing that ended up well. Three players were injured last Saturday as the North Stars cruised to a 4-1 win over Wahpeton for non-conference hockey action.