By Tiffany L. Rehbein
They might not be the flashiest seniors to decorate the gym floor at Havre High School, but they have been steady throughout their careers.
Tiffany Shrauger and Erin Patera are the only two seniors on this years squad, and they will play their final game tonight at the Blue Pony Corral.
Shrauger has been playing basketball since the fifth grade at Havre.
Tiffany said she will always remember the bus trips and playing in front of the Blue Pony fans.
Having the opportunity to play in front of our crowd, and the pep band will be a great memory, Shrauger said. Theyre the best in the state!
Winning the state A basketball tournament in 1997, and being named the Great Falls Tribune Athlete of the Week during her senior year are two accomplishments, Shrauger said.
Coach Dierman has been a great inspiration to succeed because he always pushed me to work harder and he helped me build my self confidence, Shrauger said. My mom has been, too, because she always believed in me when I thought no one else did.
Tiffany plans to attend Carroll College or Gonzaga University to study pre-med.
I always plan to live life to its fullest, Shrauger said.
Patera has also been involved in basketball since the fifth grade, and has played varsity during the past two years.
My fondest memories include winning the state championship in 1997, having fun with and getting to know my teammates, and feeling pride through our program and coaches, Patera said.
Being part of a team that has won the conference title during the past three years, and winning the State A title in 97 have been great accomplishments for Patera.
Erin said her sister Jen has been an inspiration.
She hasnt played since 1992, but she is who got me interested in athletics, Patera said. She has always been a great role model for me. Shes made good choices, and was always a good sport, and worked hard no matter what she was doing. Great success has come to her and I am very proud of her accomplishments and I aspire to be like her.
Erin plans on studying pre-med at either Carroll College or MSU-Bozeman, and she said she would not mind playing volleyball in college.