BEULAH, N.D. - With a two point win over the Dickinson Trinity Titans in the Region-7 championship game, The Beulah Miners are now preparing for the State-B which begins on Thursday.
The Miners are one of just eight teams still standing and they'll have their work cut out for them so coach Jeremy Brandt wants his guys to stay hungry.
"I think the main thing is to not get your kids just to rest on the fact that they met one of our goals and not to just be content with that. Now that we did meet the state tournament we want to go down there and compete and we think we have a chance to win the whole thing and that's kind of the mindset and our attitude and I believe our kinds are confident," said Brandt.
The Miners are one of the top defenses in the state. The have the second best points against average which has kept them in every game.
"Defense, defense is our primary thing I mean if you're not playing defense than I mean you're going to have to have some other guys that are hot where as if you are consistently playing defense you are going to have a chance to win every single game and that's what I mean usually I was a leader along with Shaye and Chad has really stepped up to that role since coming back from his injury," said Sean Gierke.
The Miners face the Shiloh Christian Skyhawks in the first round of the "B" on March 14.
Brandt said: "We are familiar with them as we play them every year and then we play them in the state tournament last year in the consolation game so, you know. I think they got so much experience, you know, they lost one senior so they have just about all of their kids that at now playing in that state tournament team last year, and that's something that we don't necessarily have is new to a lot of our kids ."
Another aspect that will be new to the team is the State B environment. They've played at the Minot State Dome but not in front of a crowd this big.
"The State B is always just a big big environment. So many fans so many people watching. It's a big stage, so there can be a lot of nerves so you just have to settle in. I'm going to tell them no regrets. Its our last three games especially seniors; leave it all on the line. You don't want to leave and say: 'Aw, I wish I would have done that or what if I would have played harder. Just have to leave it all on the line," said Shaye Yaeger.
We'll hear more from the Miners on Wednesday when they go into this weeks Sports Spotlight.