Goal scorers often are more recognized than defensive players on the soccer field, but senior defender Ashley Westbee's isn't bothered by it.
"It's a lot of responsibility and it's not necessarily you got a lot of accolades from it but it shows in your teams success in how well your defense is."
Westbee captained an underdog Century team to the state title this year and earned first team all-state honors as a defender in the process.
"It was hard to believe right away, it felt we had more to go. We played with a lot of heart. We may not have been the most talented team, but we put forth the most effort," explained Westbee.
"Ashley played a huge role for us especially starting for freshman in the state tournament. That's almost unheard of and you'd almost think that's kind of risky, but with Ashley, she gave those freshman that confidence and that cool, calm collective persona on the field where she just reeled them him. She got them dialed them in. They were calm. They played really well for us and Ashley led them. When we went up she got them all together and basically told them we don't give this us we finish the game," said Century head coach Nate Ulness.
Westbee's skills earned her a spot with the Concordia College women's soccer team next year and when she suits up for the Cobbers, goofing around or telling jokes likely won't be what she will be known for.
"She definitely is the more serious one," added Ulness. "I like to joke around at practice and sometimes Westbee will give me that look like, 'Nate that's enough lets get going.' The girls will buy into that."
"You have a lot of crazy people on your team and you got to have someone to pull them all in and have them focus," said Westbee.
Her head coach agrees.
"She keeps us level headed, great leader for the team, great leader for the squad. The girls all looked up to her, and we're definitely going to miss her next year."
Westbee's coach next fall at Concordia will be Kevin Roos. He coached against Ashley in Saturday's state championship.
Sunday, March 9 2014 12:06 AM EST2014-03-09 05:06:58 GMT
The Century Patriots took home 1st place overall in the Swim and Dive State event finishing with 349 points. Followed by Minot with 323 points. North Fargo took home 3rd place overall at 297 points. West
The Century Patriots took home 1st place overall in the Swim and Dive State event finishing with 349 points.
Sunday, March 9 2014 12:04 AM EST2014-03-09 05:04:37 GMT
The West Region Class A boys and girls basketball season concluded play today, and the state qualifiers are set. On the girls side Bismarck High won the tournament with a 64 to 61 win over Century. Both
The West Region Class A boys and girls basketball season concluded play today, and the state qualifiers are set.
Sunday, March 9 2014 12:04 AM EST2014-03-09 05:04:04 GMT
The Class B Boys season wrapped up the state tournament tonight in Grand Forks. Fargo Oak Groves defeated Rugby 68 to 58 in overtime fashion. North Star defeated the Lions from Linton-HMB 60 to 49 in the
The Class B Boys season wrapped up the state tournament tonight in Grand Forks.
Sunday, March 9 2014 12:00 AM EST2014-03-09 05:00:06 GMT
Chair-lifts were packed and tube runs were full, as hundreds of families enjoyed a day at the Bottineau Winter Park. But Saturday was no ordinary day in the Turtle Mountains. It's was the grand opening
Saturday was no ordinary day in the Turtle Mountains. It's was the grand opening of Annie's House, a new ski-lodge and adaptive center.