Running a relay takes more than just a quick time. It’s one of the biggest team aspects of the track and field environment. Timing must be down, strategies kept straight and hand offs clean. One miscue can cause the entire group’s efforts to be lost.
Any track and field coach will say the same thing, the more the merrier when it comes to team members. Beulah’s boys team is struggling with lower numbers this season but coach Randy Pacall is quick to point out that it has no effect on their heart.
Matthew Krizan is like most 12-year-old boys in that he loves football, Kung Fu movies and chasing girls. His older sister Emily Krizan is a bit quiet for a 14-year-old but don’t let the pretty exterior fool you as she has an inner fire when she is interested in the topic.
The two shared the line for four years of high school. Now Keanon Serna and Kasey Schmidt will once again find themselves on the same side of the football as they both pursue the next level at the University of Mary. Changing their colors from blue and gold to blue and orange, they signed letters of intent to play football as Marauders. Schmidt, an all-state defensive lineman and voted Beulah’s most valuable player, received offers from a few schools in Bemidji, Valley City, University of Minnesota-Crookston and Jamestown but Bismarck attracted Schmidt the most. He enjoys the town and the familiarity made the transition more comfortable.
For a team that lost four starters after a 12-13 season, it’s easy for anyone to overlook the Beulah boys basketball team. According to the hoopster the 2008-2009 Miners finished third in the district and fourth in the regions. Head coach Jeremy Brandt was quoted in noting “Beulah will be a very different team.”