State of boys basketball
By Jarann Johnson
The Beulah Miners didn’t earn a first round Region 7 tournament bye this season and suffered four losses to Region 7 teams, which is considered a down year for the perennial state power. But the season isn’t over just yet and the program is oozing with talent.
Most Miner basketball fans know that the varsity squad went 15-5 and will have to avenge Region 7 losses to Heart River, New England, and Dickinson Trinity in the region tournament to retain their Region 7 crown. But what few fans know is that the Miners’ C-squad had a very strong year.
Beulah Miners Head Coach Jeremy Brandt described the C-squad’s season and liked that the kids improved throughout the year and broke some bad junior high habits.
“Our C-team and both teams had successful years. Our C-team really had a good year, going and winning our C-team region tournament a couple of weeks ago and I think they only lost two games all year – Four Winds and then South Heart (Heart River) beat them during the regular season, and then I guess Center’s JV beat them but we didn’t take the three better freshmen (Logan Miller, Derek Ferebee and Jacob Weigel) because the JV tournament started that night. So he (Coach Jeff Meissner) only took eight freshmen that night instead of all 11 kids. Then we played for a while without Logan Miller, obviously, with his meniscus injury – he only played about half a year,” Brandt said.