Last Monday Mother Nature played one of her famous jokes on western north Dakota. Mother Nature covered the roads with a storm of laughter making roads impossible to travel on, but the joke was on her.
The Beulah Miners entered the Region 7 tournament with a spotless record and looked poised to take their title protection duties to Minot for the state tournament. In the first round of the region tournament the Miners defeated Hettinger-Scranton and in the second round they defeated Mott-Regent. The only team left in the Miners’ way were the Dickinson Trinity Titans.
The Beulah Miners did a good job of protecting their state title in the regular season. The Miners went 19-0 and ended the regular season number one in the polls. Last weekend the team’s protection task got harder. The Miners faced off against Richardton-Taylor in the district semifinals on Feb. 16 and wasted no time getting off to a quick start. The Miners jumped out to an 8-0 lead and never trailed in the game. At the end of the first quarter the Miners led by 10 points 21-11.
The Miners faced three teams last week and came away unbeaten. They downed a Shiloh Christian team that had been on a four-game winning streak on Tuesday and topped a Watford City team that had been on an eight-game win streak on Thursday. The last team standing between the Miners and perfection was Hettinger-Scranton.
The Beulah Miners girls basketball team hasn’t won a District 14 game this season and has an overall record of 2-11. The Miners appeared in dire need of a momentum changing win last week and Dickinson Trinity (9-4) looked like the team that could provide it.
The Miners just keep winning. A lot of people think it’s the team’s depth or talent that make them so hard to beat. But the truth is it’s just hard to beat a confident team that never feels like they are going to lose and just keeps working hard. The Miners beat the Hazen Bison Friday 78-63.
Big time teams make big time plays in big time moments. For the Beulah Miners there was no bigger time than Jan. 15. The Miners, ranked first in the state, faced Dickinson Trinity, ranked third in the state, in an undefeated showdown for control of first place in District 14.
Casey Walcker rocked the Bison to bed. The freshman reserve forward chipped in 14 points helping the Miners secure a victory over their Highway 200 rivals. Walcker’s play inside was critical because of early foul trouble that Noah Iverson, Beulah senior forward, encountered.