After a tough loss to Central Prairie May 18, the Washburn-Wilton-Center-Stanton co-op entered the field re-energized last Tuesday to take on Kidder County in a loser-out battle to stay alive in Region 8. After jumping to a 4-0 lead in the second inning, the Cardinal pitching staff allowed a few small glitches that snowballed into the final 15-4 loss after five innings to end the season. WWCS finished 13-9 overall in a season that has been hard on baseball teams across the state.
Coach Duane Schmidt has noticed a strange phenomenon out of his golf team this year: Center-Stanton golfers report better scores the worse the weather conditions ravage around them. He’s not sure if it is determination or sheer coincidence. But as Region 5 golfers converged on Dickinson’s course Monday, Schmidt’s team saw the best weather of any meet all season and some of their worse scores.
They have been training … They have been throwing … They have been running … They have been jumping … Now the Center-Stanton track and field team is going to put it all on the line this weekend for the regional meet Saturday at the Bismarck Bowl. Head coach Jamie Entzi knows it’s what they have been working for all season.
Each track and field faculty has it’s own quirks, certain terrain that either helps or hurts a team scrapping for precious points. After figuring out all the trouble spots of the Hazen location these past couple weeks, the Center-Stanton boys track team decided to venture to new lands.
It was a long winter. Harsh temperatures and blowing snow caused the rescheduling and cancellations of numerous games in numerous sports this past winter, keeping teams, coaches and athletic directors on edge. That might have just been a warm-up for this spring.
A possible new era in high school boys and girls basketball as well as volleyball could be on the horizon as the North Dakota High School Activities Association introduced its new three-class system proposal last month.
Warning: Being a Center-Stanton boys basketball fan is not for the faint of heart. Staying true to their nature this season, the Wildcats used second-half runs and skillful shooting to earn the third place honors during the Region 5 Tournament last week in Bismarck. But not without a few heart-pounding moments for the fans first. Shiloh Christian 71, Center-Stanton 65
The Center-Stanton Wildcat boys put this theory into practice. After a sluggish start, the Wildcats turned on the defensive intensity to eventually scrap out a 75-69 victory over the Wilton-Wing Miners Monday evening in the first round of the Region 5 Boys' Basketball Tournament at the Bismarck Civic Center.
Jacob Henke may not physically put on a hard hat and carry a lunch pail when he goes to work but the Center-Stanton senior brings that blue-collar mentally to the court every game. No more evident than last week's District 9 Tournament when Henke poured in 42 points in three games as the Wildcats earned a Region 5 berth. "Every team concentrates so hard on Andrew (Anderson) and Shae (Brown)," head coach Scott Jung explained. "When Jacob (Henke) steps up it takes the pressure off. (Opponents) had to back off from doubling down on them. It's a nice compliment."