BISMARCK, N.D. - Century Girls Basketball has been ranked number one in Class-A all-season long, and the Patriots are doing it with the same core that won back-to-back state volleyball championships.
Maddie Klein is one of those athletes, and she's in this week's Sports Spotlight.
Maddie Klein is a positive presence for Century Basketball.
"She always brings a smile to her face. And she's one of those girls that never gets mad," says Hannah Schwartz, senior point guard.
And it helps during the grind of a season. Or in Maddie's case, two.
"All five of our seniors are huge as far as the leadership roles that they've taken for this year. And the experience they got through the volleyball season has just carried right on over here, they haven't missed a beat with it," says Patriots Head Coach Ron Metz.
Klein, along with fellow seniors Regan Dennis and Hannah Schwartz, are Back-to-Back State Volleyball Champions.
"I was just overwhelmed with accomplishment that my teammates had gotten through the entire season of just staying together and playing the whole way, so it was just an incredible feeling," says Klein.
The euphoria of another state title has carried into basketball season.
"We were just really excited about that season, and it just kind of lighted a flame in us, I guess, and we're just ready to keep going," says Klein.
Klein will keep going with volleyball this fall in college at MSU-Moorhead.
"I made my decision that I wanted to kind of get out of town, and I knew I wanted to play volleyball, so I just picked a program that I liked and a school that I liked," says Klein.
Hannah Schwartz received interest from the Dragons, but she opted for St. Thomas in the cities.
"She understood. It wasn't anything, like, devastating. We knew that we would still be friends," says Schwartz.
Schwartz has been Klein's setter and point guard since middle school.
"It'll be different getting used to the new setters and stuff in college, and I've been so used to Hannah being my setter for the past few years and before that. So, it'll be different, but it'll be exciting too," says Klein.
While she's excited for what lies ahead in volleyball, leaving basketball is bittersweet.
"It'll be really sad. I love basketball, and I've loved playing here with all my teammates, so it'll be really sad, but it's been such a fun season so far, and I can't wait to see what it will bring us," says Klein.
She's got a good shot at bringing the Patriots another state title.
Klein and the Patriots are back in action Thursday when they host Dickinson at 6 p.m. Central Time.