Billings Central needed a good eight minutes to settle into its first-round game against Frenchtown on Thursday at the State A boys basketball tournament.
Billings Central's Avery Baldry, who was an all-state and all-conference defensive lineman for the Class A champion Rams last season, has signed on with Rocky Mountain College to continue playing football in the fall.
Connor Cerkovnik, an all-conference and all-state running back who helped unbeaten Billings Central capture a state A championship last fall, has signed a letter of intent with the football program at Rocky Mountain College.
In the past 11 years, Billings Central has established itself as one of the top high school football programs in Montana, winning more than 150 games, capturing two Class A state championships and appearing in six consecutive title contests.
Billings Central led Miles City 30-0 at the end of the first quarter and built the lead to 35-0 on its way to a 62-19 Eastern A win. The Rams are 2-1 in the conference.
Daniel Meyer figured Billings Senior was coming after him. And the Broncs did.
Jim Stergar’s home debut as the new boys basketball coach at Billings Central went about as well as he could have hoped.
Jim Stergar is back, and bigger than ever.
Just under 2 ½ minutes remained in the Class A state championship football game when Billings Central coach Jim Stanton started subbing out some of his seniors.
Well, this looks familiar.
Well, that fall sports season went quickly.
LIVINGSTON — The Billings Central defense picked a great day to be great.
The playoff histories of Billings Central and Livingston could not be much different.
Connor Cerkovnik feels confident that “if we need three yards, I know we can grind it out.”
The stat sheet told a different story than the final score.
With another dominating regular season under its belt, Billings Central is in familiar territory.
LAUREL — Connor Cerkovnik’s teeth chattered in the brisk night as he struggled to get warm.
Connor Cerkovnik carried the ball 28 times for Billings Central, rushing for 196 yards and three touchdowns as the top-ranked Rams ran away from No. 2 Laurel, 41-7.
Billings West coach Paul Klaboe worries about his team having a letdown the week after a big win.
For Billings Central, there was no peering ahead to this week’s rivalry matchup with Laurel, a potential 1-vs.-2 meeting of Class A football titans.