When discussing Center's Drew Erhardt, Dickinson State University head men's' basketball coach Ty Orton does not go into intimate detail about the fifth-year senior's rebounding or scoring ability. Nor does Orton talk about the son of Janet and Matt Jr. Erhardt's defense. Even though the coach emphasizes the 6-foot-6 center's work ethic, it is obvious in an e-mail interview that the most important facet of Drew Erhardt the basketball player is Drew Erhardt the person.
With the temperatures outside hanging around 20 below zero, it took the Lady Wildcats a while to warm up for their game with the Grant County Coyotes Jan. 15 in Center. Once they did get going, the girls gave the team from down south a tough battle taking them into overtime but still losing 57-45. Grant County's Amber Iverson scored first followed by Center-Stanton's Becca Hovey. The score stayed at 2-2 nearly halfway through the first quarter until Iverson hit a short jumper. The Coyote scored soon after when Abbey Gifford got a two-pointer. Wildcat Mikayla Halone followed with two.
A new champion was crowned this past weekend at the McLean County Tournament in Garrison. The title-holder is a first-time champ. Coming away with bragging rights is winter. Clad in home whites throughout the tourney, winter stormed through the competition with relative ease.
Guard Lisa Fricke scored only five points in Center-Stanton's game against Shiloh Christian last Monday night. But the senior's efforts on defense and her impressive stint at the free throw line, making five of six in the fourth quarter, kept the Wildcats goals of being on top of the district standings alive. C-S routed the Skyhawks 46-35 to remain 3-0 in District 9 and claim their first win of 2009. "That's what we're going to need," head coach Michael Bergstrom said, "people to step up. People are starting to fall into their roles. Things are starting to come together little by little."
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.
The Center-Stanton Wildcats missed 20 free-throw attempts in their District 9 contest against New Salem last Saturday. But they made the final three chances from the charity stripe to win 54-51 and remain undefeated in conference action. Center-Stanton 54, New Salem 51
Practice makes perfect is the tried and true learning strategy most coaches like to use. Practice, practice, practice. But Center-Stanton have been so busy playing that they've missed out on practice time to get all the young players on the same page. But with two games the opening week and a holiday tournament all this past week, the Wildcats have been getting in basketball mood. "Just need more practice time. We went through stretches where we don't get to see the floor a lot," head coach Michael Bergstrom said.
At first glance, Center's Skyler Johnson seems like a typical 17-year-old farm boy. He is enjoying football season, spending time with friends, and helping around the family dairy operation. What isn't so typical, though, is a remarkable bull-riding season crowning the end of his junior riding career. Skyler earned his sixth championship this past season including two buckles. Of the two years Skyler's competed in high school rodeo, he has made the State Finals both times including a sixth place finish as a sophomore. Also, the 5-foot-7 cowboy made the National Professional Rodeo Association finals this fall where as the events youngest rider, Skyler earned fourth place in the second round before being bucked off in the short round.
The Center-Stanton Centations have invited area high school and Just for Kix dance teams to Center Dec. 6 for a "HomeShow." It's a time for the teams to perform for the fans at the Center-Stanton High School gym starting at 2:30 p.m. CST. Teams attending this show are Dickinson High Midgettes, St. Mary's Junior High Saintiques, Century High Centahnas, Glen Ullin-Hebron High Kickin It Dance team, Bismarck South Just for Kix, Hazen Just for Kix, as well as the Center Just for Kix teams.
"Fun and exciting." Those are the words that head coach Janet Erhardt used to sum up a wonderful volleyball season that ended last weekend with Center-Stanton taking sixth place at the State Class B Volleyball Tournament in Minot. And for the Wildcats, who finish the year 29-14, the final three days of their season were no different. Dickinson Trinity 3, Center-Stanton 0