The number three has been on Hazen golfers’ minds all season. External pressure has pounded the idea of a never-before-achieved three-peat state title into all the Lady Bison’s heads. With all the building hype during last week’s Girls Class B State Golf Meet, the dramatic finale was appropriate.
A Class B Girls State Track and Field team title has been on Allison Opp’s mind for the past three months. The Hazen senior could almost taste the trophy at last weekend’s state meet in Bismarck. However at the end, the Lady Bison were crowned second best as Benson County claimed the girls team title by nine points.
Too many free passes hurt Beulah-Hazen last Tuesday. And the Miners still almost made up the deficit with their ability to hit the long ball.
One thing is for certain at the Hazen girls track and field camp. No matter how the team does at the regional meet, at least four events will be represented by Bison at the state meet. Before last week’s action Breaunna Oakland stood alone as Hazen’s only qualifier. After two more meets last Tuesday and Saturday, the number is up to three athletes.
Last Tuesday’s baseball game between Beulah-Hazen and Mandan teetered the Mother Nature line all afternoon. Keeping on constant contact, Mandan made the 72-mile trip to Goldmann Field at McKenzie Park. The teams were out warming up when the darkening skies opened up to begin a 12-hour downpour.
Hazen girls track head coach Leland Opp is fortunate to have a stable full of high quality athletes. What makes the veteran coach produce successful teams every season is his demand for athletes to reach the potential he sees for them.
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.