Center Republican Sports

With gun deer season coming to a close this weekend, hunters who are not quite ready to pack all the equipment away for the winter can sign up for the Coal Country Coyote Challenge.

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November 19, 2009

Lessons not learned in time

Last week’s Region 5 Tournament in Center read like a Charles Dickens novel with two-time defending champs Center-Stanton playing the best ball of the season followed by some of its worse.

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November 12, 2009

Three-peat not meant to be

Five out of the last seven years, Center-Stanton’s head coach Janet Erhardt has been honored by her colleagues as the District 9 coach of the year. For the past two season, Erhardt has taken the Wildcats to the Class B State Volleyball Tournament.

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The week before the postseason is often overlooked in the high school volleyball season with pairings already determined for the upcoming District 9 Tournament in Standing Rock. But veteran coaches like Center-Stanton’s Janet Erhardt know momentum going into tournament time is just as important. Although the Wildcats split for the week, they ended the regular season 18-16 with a new focus on the fundamentals.

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With the No. 1 seed locked in for the upcoming District 9 Tournament, Center-Stanton played with a different purpose last week. Discarding their usual red and blue colors Oct. 20, the Wildcats paraded around the gym in pink and black to honor their bookkeeper Charmayne Leinius and her fight to raise awareness during national breast cancer awareness month. Through a raffle and donations, the Wildcats raised more than $150 to add to Leinius’ fund as she prepares for the 40-mile Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in May.

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Brett Eckert is generally a positive, upbeat guy. That wasn’t the case for the first-year head coach during the first quarter of Center-Stanton’s final football game Thursday. Fumbling the opening kickoff then adding on an array of miscues, allowed Hettinger to jump ahead 20 points in the first half. Despite a stellar fourth quarter offensive burst, the Wildcats ended the season 1-7 with a final 34-20 loss.

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Before the first volleyball is taken out of storage, head coach Janet Erhardt sits down with her squad and makes a goals list. Despite some rough patches early in the season and a few stuffy noses recently, Center-Stanton can mark a check next to the top item on that list.

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Through the course of four quarters of a high school football game, a missed route or missed block here or there are not necessarily crippling effects. However, last Friday night, those small miscues equaled a large deficit for Center-Stanton.

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On any given Friday night, 21 of North Dakota’s 9-man division football teams walk off a field a little less chipper than their counterparts. For four weeks, Center-Stanton has experienced what those other 20 teams feel when that L is added to the record.

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Traditionally ground-heavy schemes of 9-man football are what Center-Stanton football fans can expect this coming Friday during the Homecoming game. The Wildcats are looking for their first win and Wilton-Wing is the team standing in their way.

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