January 29, 2009

The first meeting in the books

The rivalry is as old as the two towns but the atmosphere of the gym when Hazen and Beulah meet is historic. Last Friday night was no exception in the Beulah High School gym as the Bison claimed the first meeting with a 56-52 win that counts toward the District 14 standings.

Hazen started the contest with an 8-2 lead after sneaking in a pass to Clay Brinkman. But the Miner Gabe Goetz was not about to let the Bison get on a roll as he confidently drained the 3-pointer.

Next possession Beulah managed the stop and Logan Kessler’s first action of the contest was noticed as he hit the 3-pointer to tie the score.

"Looking back, Logan didn’t get a lot of looks but definitely knocked them down when he did," Beulah head coach Jeremy Brandt said.

Josh Schank had the steal and the layup to give the Miners the lead, a position they would retain for the next 16 minutes. Goetz showed he was a force in the short range as well with a layup as the first quarter ended Beulah up 16-10.

"They did a good job of player movement away from the ball and ball movement. That hurt us," Hazen head coach Randy Johnson said.


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