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March 14, 2013

CCS grad having success on college court

Freshman guard started 26 of 27 games for Express


“I have loved it this season,” she continued. “It has been an amazing experience. I have really been able to build on the success I had in Cooperstown.”

Erkson played varsity basketball at Cooperstown for three years. She also played both guard positions for the team, moving to point guard her senior year after the graduation of Molly Pearlman.

“Shooting guard is definitely my natural position,” she said. “I feel more comfortable in it. We have a very good point guard, so it helped when she came back. It was kind of the same situation as in Cooperstown where Mr. Niles needed me to play point guard after Molly graduated. In both cases, I think it helped that I had a very good group of girls around me. That helped me make the transition.”

Cooperstown coach Mike Niles said he has been keeping up with Erkson’s accomplishments this season.

“I have been so excited to see her do well,” Niles said. “She did everything we asked her to do. In the three years she played varsity, she took on every role we asked her take on, did every thing we asked her to do. I’m not surprised at all she’s had so much success.

“Just personally, it couldn’t have happened to a nicer person,” he continued. “She’s not just one of my favorite players I have coached. Of the girls I have coached, she’s one of my favorite people too.”

Erkson is also well aware of the success her old team has had this season. She went to the Section Three Finals on Feb. 28 at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse to see Cooperstown beat Weedsport for the Class C title.

“Wells is only about an hour away from Syracuse, so I got to go to the Dome,” she said. “I was super excited. I knew with the girls they had coming back they were going to be good.

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