Scherr takes over a girls basketball power at L-E-M
LANGDON, N.D.—Rob Scherr figured he was done with coaching when he resigned from his position as the Park River/Fordville-Lankin girls head basketball coach last spring. Scherr had been coaching every high school school year since graduating from college in 1989, sometimes multiple sports in a year.
"I didn't know if I wanted to coach any more,'' the 52-year-old Scherr said. "At some point, I wanted time to do other things, like ice fishing. And I felt like I was becoming more of a coach than a parent at home.''
Retirement from coaching didn't last long.
After Scherr had resigned, several schools inquired to see if he was interested in teaching/coaching openings. He landed in Langdon. He coaches the Langdon-Edmore-Munich co-op team that was atop the preseason power poll in Miss Hoopster, the state's girls basketball preview book. The Cardinals also are ranked first in the weekly state poll.
Knowing what the Cardinals were returning on the court weighed in Scherr's decision to move.
"I came here (for an interview) and fell in love with the place,'' Scherr said. "The main reason I came here was as a teacher. I'm a teacher first.
"But, obviously, you think about that (L-E-M basketball program). I'd be lying if I said it didn't factor into my decision. I knew they had a lot of people back.''
The Cardinals started only one senior on last season's 20-4 team that finished third in the Region 4 tournament. Seniors Jordyn Worley, Kellie Hetler and Arynn Crockett and sophomore Callie Ronningen are returning regulars.
Rachel Hill has rounded out the starting lineup. In addition, Kaitlynn Scherr—the coach's daughter—likely becomes starting point guard when she returns from a hamstring injury that has sidelined her this season.
Worley (18.2 ppg) and Ronningen (17.8 ppg) account for almost two-thirds of the 5-0 Cardinals' scoring, with Arynn Crockett (7 ppg) the most consistent third scorer.
"We rely on a couple of prolific scorers,'' Rob Scheer said. "On any given night, Jordyn and Callie can each get us 20-plus points a game.''
The program has been helped by an influx of talent.
Worley, a two-time all-region pick, is in her fourth season with the Cardinals after playing as an eighth-grader on the Munich-Starkweather co-op team. Ronningen played for Lakota-Edmore before a co-op switch brought Edmore in with Langdon-Munich prior to last season.
And Kaitlynn Scherr was a top sub on the Park River/F-L team that won the Region 2 title and finished fifth at the Class B state tournament last season.
"There was ability already here,'' Rob Scherr said. "I think those girls just enhanced what already was here.''
Still, a No. 1 ranking "was a bit of a surprise,'' Worley said. But we do feel we have a pretty good team. We had a good season last year.
"It is cool to be No. 1. But we have to keep working to get better.''
The rankings don't mean much to Rob Scherr.
"I wouldn't have known (about the No. 1 ranking) if people hadn't told me. It's not a big priority with me,'' the Cardinals coach said.
"I do think we have a lot of quality pieces to work with. If we can pick up our defense, we have a very good chance to be one of the stronger teams in the state. But we have a lot of learning to do.''