The Beulah track and field coaching staff set some pretty lofty goals this season. Well, the Miner athletes were just the ones to achieve all of them and more. Beulah capped off an incredible season with an outstanding eighth place finish at the State Meet last Friday and Saturday at the Bismarck Community Bowl. The most amazing part was that Beulah did it with only six participants.
Mother Nature finally had a reprieve as the Beulah-Hazen baseball team found a place to play last week. They had to travel out of state to do so as Sydney, Mont., was the destination for the Miners season opener April 13, playing against Williston.
A year of change in the Beulah girls basketball program concluded much the same way as the season went on, successful with plenty of chuckles and memories along the way.
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.
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.
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.