Hazen boys basketball coach Randy Johnson knew even before the Center-Stanton team got off the bus Dec. 15 what the game plan was. The Wildcats would work their offense around 6-foot-1 guard Shae Brown. The senior had a hand in either the beginning or more often the end of the offense.
The weekend didn’t go quite as planned for co-coach Shawn Voigt as the Beulah-Hazen wrestlers packed up to leave the state over the weekend. The trip included some less than ideal weather, confusion with hotel reservations that resulted in more map time then anticipated and the state’s best pizza. Through it all the veteran coach said they young squad learned a lot about team bonding and wrestling.
Living up to the hype can be a daunting task for anyone. But so far 43 matches into the season Hazen netters have done just that and so much more. After securing their future of a final three matches this week for the State Class B Volleyball Tournament, the Bison have a new slogan.
A new month and a new season greeted Hazen volleyball players this week as the calendar pages switched to November and postseason action.
The seven miles that separate Hazen and Beulah aren’t the only things keeping these two District 14 teams from knowing each other well. As the pair have faced several times this season, each match is a little different as the squads prove what they have improved on from the last meeting.
In the storied past of Hazen versus Dickinson Trinity, the outcome has not always favored the Bison. The most recent example was a devastating loss to the Titans during the Region 7 Championship last season. The win sent Trinity to the Class B State Tournament and the loss ended Hazen’s season.
After starting the season 0-3, if Beulah wanted to see a chance at playoffs, they knew they would face some hard fought battles. As the size dominant Carrington team rolled into town Friday, their toughest matchup of the season turned out to be their last. A score off the opening drive set the tone for the Cardinals 9-6 victory at Riverside Park Friday.