It’s no secret that girls hockey in Mercer County has seen better years. And with the program goes the Novas name.
The Hazen-Beulah Bantam team was one of the tournaments top seeds when they loaded the bus last weekend. But by the time they unloaded just two days later, the North Stars slipped a little but remained in the top three in the state.
A record of 8-13 isn’t very impressive in terms of just the numbers alone. But taking a closer look behind Hazen’s season, the Bison have taken on some of the state’s strongest competition. With a need to perform every time on the floor, a huge amount of confidence is a must.
At Saturday’s start there were 11. But by 3 that afternoon, Beulah-Hazen was down to six wrestlers still alive. The veterans, and a few youngsters, showed promise as the Miners will send a six-pack of grapplers to the Class B State Wrestling Tournament in Fargo Thursday through Saturday.
Hazen meet Myles Tomlinson. The Turtle Lake-Mercer forward came off the bench to provide a spark Jan. 26. Despite 24 points from playmaker Grant Singer, the Trojans supporting cast of the 5-foot-11 sophomore along with his accomplice Adam Peltier, made the difference down the stretch for the 69-55 win.