Beulah Beacon Sports

After a season of strict dieting and exercise, the Beulah-Hazen Wrestling team feasted on meat loaf, potatoes and, of course, birthday cake last Monday night as they celebrated the season at an awards banquet hosted by the GrandView Steakhouse. Head coach Shawn Voigt, also celebrating the day of his birth, began the evening playing slide shows created by the families of the senior athletes Ben Maliske, John Eisenbeis and statistician Kassi Eide. Although the season may be over, Maliske and Eisenbeis competed in one final battle: a thumb war competition with Eisenbeis claiming the autographed state poster.

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Though the jerseys have long been turned in and the skates packed away for the season, hockey was honored one final time March 8 with the awards banquet at the Hazen Un-commons. In a special joint boys and girls banquet, Novas head coach Jeff Dietz took the stage first with a replay of the season. Finishing the year 8-13-0 didn't make State as a team but has several individual moments of excellence over the winter months. But Dietz was also quick to mention that all these accomplishments are not due to one person or one aspect but a true statement to the team and everyone involved in the sport, including the often overlooked statisticians. When he was tense and focusing on the upcoming game, coach Dietz joked that the statisticians "babysat me more than you know." With constant reminders, "do you have this or here is that. Thank you for all your great work." All-West Region Team honors were announced with forward Kara Dietz, defense Payton Borud and goalie Paige Bruce receiving the nod. Bruce, Dietz and Sara Silverthorn were chosen for the Ice Time North Dakota Hockey Magazine's N.D. High School Girls All-Senior team. Dietz also took home first of three statistical awards with the points leader. She scored 19 goals this season and added 11 assists for a tally of 30 points, currently 13th on the state scoring leaderboard. Borud was close behind her teammate with 12 goals and 13 assists for 25 points, 20th in the state scoring leaderboard. Borud was also named the Plus/Minus winner with a final rating of plus 32.

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Last Friday evening, nine young wrestlers from Beulah traveled to Watford City to wrestle in the Wolves wrestling tournament. Those wrestlers representing Beulah and how they finished are as follows: Mason Riegel third; Daxtyn Eslinger fourth; Mason Mellmer first; Dawson Dutchuk second; Spencer Mellmer first; Shaye Yeager second; Tyrel Mellmer first; Damian Eslinger third; and Jacob Klaudt third. With only nine wrestlers the Mighty Thunder Wrestlers fell short of winning the team trophy but scored a respectable 58 out of 100 points.

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Last Friday evening, nine young wrestlers from Beulah traveled to Watford City to wrestle in the Wolves wrestling tournament. Those wrestlers representing Beulah and how they finished are as follows: Mason Riegel third; Daxtyn Eslinger fourth; Mason Mellmer first; Dawson Dutchuk second; Spencer Mellmer first; Shaye Yeager second; Tyrel Mellmer first; Damian Eslinger third; and Jacob Klaudt third. With only nine wrestlers the Mighty Thunder Wrestlers fell short of winning the team trophy but scored a respectable 58 out of 100 points.

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Regular season action is widely considered practice for the postseason in Class B basketball. That's why when Beulah fell 52-50 to Hettinger Jan. 8 on a last minute shot, the Miners didn't let it get to them. They didn't forget about it either. As the Miners and the Black Devils met again Monday for the opening round of the Region 7 Tournament, the Miners made adjustments, with the names of Andrew Just and Kasey Schmidt, as the posts claimed a 61-51 win.

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There are two main schools of thought in winning basketball games. One is, it's not the number of shots a team takes, but how many a team makes. The second is a team can't score if they don't shoot. Beulah employed both strategies during the District 14 Tournament last week on their way to advancing deeper into postseason for the third seed in Region 7 action opening this Monday.

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February 26, 2009

Wrestling places 6 at State

Beulah-Hazen wrestlers finish their season with six State placers. The wrestlers spent Thursday through Saturday in Fargo last week finishing a very successful year. Logan Eisenbeis, Ben Maliske, Jordon Mann, John Eisenbeis, Jared Weinand and Ryan Block all placed within the top eight for their respective weight classes.

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February 19, 2009

Miners guaranteed a tomorrow

At this time last week, there were six active District 14 teams, but after Monday's action only four remain. Putting together two solid games, Beulah stayed alive and moved on to the Region 7 Tournament. In the opening round Monday, the Miners will play New England at 4:30 p.m. MST at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center in Dickinson. Beulah 75, Richardton-Taylor 39 With a clear height advantage, the Miners opened the District 14 Tournament Friday against Richardton-Taylor. Their game plan was simple but effective, get a dish inside to senior post Karsen Little Solider to hit the paint. Dominating the first half, Little Solider gave Beulah a 43-21 lead at halftime.

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In a day that started out emotional for Beulah's Karsen Little Soldier, ended on a high note as the Miners gained a much needed win heading into the postseason this Friday. Little Soldier and her family said goodbye to her grandfather in a service Friday afternoon. The senior post only arrived at the gym in time for warm-ups before tipoff. She didn't let her emotions deter her focus as she poured in 22 points to lead Beulah 57-48 over Des Lacs-Burlington.

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February 5, 2009

Final 2 too much for Miners

If Jim Petrik could have had his birthday wish come true, it would have been that the Beulah girls' basketball games last week only lasted three quarters. Instead the first-year Miner head coach got one year older and two losses richer. Beulah dropped a hard fought 53-35 decision to Hazen Jan. 29 followed by a 70-46 defeat at the hands of Dickinson Trinity last Saturday. In both games, the score was close going into final quarter but the Miners only scored twice in the final eight minutes to let the games slip away.

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