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.
They say it’s pleasant to be walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland. It seems that Bison prefer to run in such conditions.
After a tough loss the week before, coaches often look to their leaders to decide how the team will respond. After Hazen’s 20-12 loss to Watford City the week before Hazen coach Rick Philion looked to his senior core for leadership.
With just 14.4 seconds remaining on the clock and down by a touchdown, Hazen was banking on its playmakers to earn their titles Friday night. However, as the pass from Brent Sorensen sailed into the end zone, heading straight for the intended receiver Tanner Borlaug, Watford City’s Nick Liebel stepped in for the interception that ended the Bison hopes for a comeback.