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March 20, 2013

Cooperstown grad gives Wells a good shot

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“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, moving from shooting guard to the point as a senior to replace 2011 graduate 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. (Mike) 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.”

Niles said he had been keeping up with Erkson’s accomplishments this past 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 and did everything 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; she’s one of my favorite people, too.”

Erkson kept tabs on her old team, too. She attended the Section Three Class C championship game at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse on Feb. 28, when Cooperstown beat Weedsport.

“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.

“Liz Millea’s older sister (Sarah) is one of my best friends, so it has been really great to see her replace me at point guard,” she continued. “I remember her when she was little. I have seen her grow up. It is amazing to see how good she has gotten and to see her grow.”

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