After a stellar season the Center-Stanton volleyball team can boast it has two more reasons to be proud: their roster includes not only the Coach of the Year out of Region 5 but the Senior Athlete of the Year for Region 5 as well. Although many weren't surprised after watching the pair all season, both recipients, head coach Janet Erhardt and senior Connie Miller, were not expecting the prestige.
Connie Miller named Senior Athlete of the Year By Robyn Rohde A sign sitting high above a bleacher full of Center-Stanton fans reads, "We're so hot even a blizzard couldn't cool us off." And as the final point was put on the scoreboard Saturday, the Wildcats proved that sign was not just another piece of gym artwork. After stormy weather across the western part of North Dakota postponed the final day of the District 9 Tournament twice, C-S withstood Standing Rock's attacks to claim the district championship, second year running.
Wildcats enter districts with regional confidence boost By Robyn Rohde Center-Stanton volleyball head coach Janet Erhardt has said many times that the first day of postseason is a brand new start for every team. And to a point she may be correct.
Slow starts have been a nagging pattern with the Wildcats this season as fans saw again when Center-Stanton traveled to Glen Ullin-Hebron Oct. 21 for a non-conference match. But the Wildcats showed the disciplined defense and service execution they are also known for to defeat the Bearcats 3-0.
Failing to make the playoffs several weeks ago, Center-Stanton said goodbye to another football season last Thursday as Richardton-Taylor came to town. During a year that had people guessing if the Wildcats would even field a varsity team, the 19 players the team ended with in the season may not have tallied the most in the win column but they never failed to play with heart.
Every coach and player in hopes of advancing deep into postseason action knows that the key to success is getting the top seeding and avoiding the grueling first round matches. As of Monday night, Center-Stanton was one win away from the top spot as they played Standing Rock this past Tuesday in the final district bout of the regular season.
Still hitting early in the season, the Center-Stanton volleyballers have had a busy few days. The Wildcats jump started the year earning fifth place at the inaugural Coal Country Invite last weekend. They gave the home crowd a show Sept. 2, opening the regular season against non-conference opponent Underwood.
Opportunity knocks only once as the old saying goes so when the chance to host their own varsity volleyball tournament came tapping on the proverbial door, Hazen and Beulah school administration and coaches didnít hesitate. Thus, the first annual Coal Country Invitational Volleyball Tournament was born with matches split between the Hazen High School and Beulah High School gyms.