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.
High school dancers from across the state are hitting the Magic City this weekend for the annual North Dakota Association Dance and Drill State Competition Friday and Saturday. But one squad is not only going but also setting some high goals on what's making the trip back with them. "Our hopes for State are to get in to finals with all three routines and to get a first place trophy with one of our routines," head coach Heather Horning proudly proclaimed. After a second place finish in hip-hop and a fifth place in dance last year, Beulah's goal isn't too far out of reach. The Sapphires had made impressive steps along this season with two competitions this past month. At the Demonettes competition, Beulah placed second in dance and third in pom categories. At the Dickinson competition the Sapphires earned second in pom and dance categories.
The North Stars have been waiting 20 days to get out of practice and finally see some more competition. Although the boys have been itching to get to the action, in hindsight they may have wished to wait just a few more days. After a rough and tumble game in Mandan last Friday, Hazen-Beulah will be skating without two defensemen. Zach Morris reported a swollen knee injury and Tanner Borlaug started the game but knew right away his shoulder wasn't right so he sat shortly after. According to head coach Mark Schmitt, it seems that Borlaug will still be out this week and Morris is doubtful.
The action started with Hunter Eslinger wrestling the first exhibition match in a triangular against New Salem and Des Lacs-Burlington last Friday in Beulah. Eslinger faced Colton Neumiller from New Salem and lost by a decision 0-7. Alex Krebs had the next exhibition match against Cole Peterson from DLB. Krebs had a quick takedown and got the pin in 19 seconds. The Miners and Des Lacs-Burlington were the first teams to go head to head. At 160 Ryan Block received a forfeit for six team points. The weight classes of 171 and 189 were both open for DLB and the Miners.
Erin (Nelson) Hancock knows the feeling of the ice at Hazen's All Season Arena well. She knows the curves of the sideboards, the rough spot she fell down that first day learning to skate, the wet spots where the roof leaks when it's warm. Even though she has been away for six years, Hancock will always remember the feel of wearing her Novas jersey. Hancock, along with nine other Novas alumni, reconnected this past weekend as part of the second annual Alumni Christmas Tourney sponsored by the Blue Line Club. For Hancock, she said it was like time had gone in reverse.
Six wrestlers, mixed with hard earned conditioning and getting after it wrestling equaled twelve pins, five placings and 4.2 pounds of hardware this past weekend. The Beulah-Hazen Miners battled with 16 other Class B teams at the Linton Holiday tournament to get their first team trophy in almost five years. Placing fourth behind this year's Class B powerhouse Oakes, Carrington and Napoleon with Rugby, South Border and Hettinger nipping at their heels. Once is good but twice is nice as the Miners had two champions. Ben Maliske defended his 112-pound crown impressively, not even giving his opponents time warm up by pinning all three in the first period. Jared Weinand captured his second tournament crown of the year at 145 pounds also with three pins. His semifinal match against Billy Vetch, South Border, was no cakewalk having to fight off his back on three different occasions before wearing his opponent out and getting the pin 34 seconds into the third period.
Identity isn't something most teams start with each season but the Miner boys' basketball squad did learn a few lessons from their opening weekend of action. The first being they are going to need to work and the second being that the combination of Josh Schank and Andrew Just will keep them in many games this year. Carrington 56, Beulah 48 Beulah opened the Hoopster Shootout Friday at the Bismarck Civic Center against Carrington. Right away the two teams were deadlocked with even scoring. But by the second quarter, the Miners dug their own grave scoring just eight points as the Cardinals charged ahead with 19.
The Miner wrestlers traveled to Sidney, Mont., for their first true test of the year with one gym, four mats and lots of wrestling last weekend. Ten wrestlers competed in the junior varsity and varsity tournaments. The tournament started out in pool play, a grouping of three to five wrestlers, with Ben Maliske and Jared Weinand winning their pools 3-0 and 4-0. Alex Krebs, Scott Krebs, Jordon Mann and Ryan Block all finish pool play with one loss. At 98 pounds Hunter Eslinger had Jeremy Simmons, Minot, going over for the fall when the referee stopped the match for an injury timeout with 20 seconds left in the match. Eslinger came up short on making the finals, but would wrestle back to take fourth place. A. Krebs also wrestled at 98 pounds taking sixth place.
The first game of the season is always a little scary for coaches. The excitement and first-game jitters are enough to deal with but for the North Stars they faced an always-challenging Fargo Shanley for their opener last Friday. With the advantage of being on home ice and a hidden surprise, senior Riley Olson scored a hat trick and led Hazen-Beulah in a 7-6 comeback win over Shanley for the first time in memory the North Stars beat a Fargo team.