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' \\;Q b 2Z -- C_.  . C_- +: ZS (-._ LO i 03  -- 03 =.=j - 9" Ce On Day 1762." The first St. Patrick's Day parade was held in New York City. 1776: British forces evacuated Boston during the Revolutionary War. 23rd Annual Wibaux Health Fair, 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Thursday, April 14, Wibaux County High School Gym. Contact Patti at (406) 796-2486 for more infor- mation. State Class B Girls Basketball Tournament, March 17-19, Bismarck Civic Center. Presentation and flee meal, planned by Ross Ueckert of Beach regarding his past trip on foot to ,Washington D.C, 4:30 p.m., March 6, at Bijou Show- Hqqse. i.Beach. Note this has been rescheduled from March 12. Billings County Historical Society Annual Meeting, Sunday, March 27, 2011, starting at 2:00 at the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Medora. Everyone welcome. Beach Chamber of Commerce & Prairie West Development will be sponsoring an oil impact meeting open to the public on Sunday, March 27, at 2 p.m. at the Bijou Show Hall. Speakers from towns affected by oil development will be announced when they are con- firmed. By Richard Volesky Editor/Reporter Excited students rallied on March 15, giving the Beach Buccaneers girls basketball team one more show of support as they prepared to set sail for another state toumament. The team plays Kenmare at 1 p.m. today, March 17, in the opening round of the Class B State Tournament, which will be held at the Bismarck Civic Center. The play- ers took part in a pep rally earlier this week, which involved a couple of skits and brief speeches in which the players thanked their teammates, coaches and the fans. "We wouldn't be where we are now if it weren't for you," player LaCee Vollum told the crowd. Some of the players admied they were nervous about the tournament. But Bob Waldal, head coach, told the Golden Valley News prior to the pep rally that they've played four of the State Tournament teams - Kenmare, Watford City, Linton and Carfington - before. He said a goal in the past few days has just been to focus on themselves as players. Waldal said his players have grown up with the current basketball program. "We've been just review- ing, reviewing, reviewing and doing a little bit of conditioning. That's about all you can do." No major changes in the game plan are in the works, said Waldal. With a season record of 24-0, the game plan after all doesn't appear to need much tweaking. Winning the Class B title last year motivated his current team of "Running Bucs" to begin working toward this year's tournament as early as last spring, considering that five seniors were then graduating. In Bismarck, Waldal said he will be relying heavily on the team's core. "They have the tournament experi- ence," he said. The core includes Jill Rising, Brittney Dietz and Abby Weinreis. At the Region 7 Tournament, Beach defeated Killdeer, 60-41. The All-Region team was named, includ- ing Weinreis, Dietz and Rising. Dietz was also named Region 7 Player of the Year, and Waldal was named Region 7 Coach of the Year. All season, Waldal has been ham- meting out a weekly column - Roundball Fever - which details the outcome of the previous week's games, and helps sho parents and fans how the team has been progress- ing. In his last column before leaving for Bismarck, he explained how the team's core works. "The team rides on their shirt- sleeves as their play has been the most consistent in the past three years," wrote Waldal. "They have been the leaders in all of the off-sea- son workouts that also included par- ticipation of all sports activities in their school. Their success has always been of quality workouts since their eighth-grade year that spread throughout the program and has motivated other individuals on their team ..." "Jill Rising plays a big role for her team by always being in the trenches and scrapping for the rebounds and never afraid of hitting the floor for a loose ball," said Waldal. "She has been our vocal leader on defense and is the team's spokesperson. When she goes to the basket on offense, the Bucs become a much better half- court team. Oftentimes she gets the surprise offensive rebound and is pic- tured in the minds of her team by putt ting the ball right back and into the basket ." Waldal said Weinreis, an All- Stater from last year, can manufac- ture points in a hurry and from any- where on the floor. "She has an arse- nal when the ball is in her hands," said Waldal. "She's a playmaker that brings chemistry to her team. Abby can hit the 3-pointer, drive to the bas- ket, pull-up for the midrange jumr or make a pass that leads to an easy lay-up." Waldal said Dietz receives most of the ink but will be the first to compli- ment her teammates. "Brittney's no stranger to the state receiving MVP honors in last year's state tournament and honored on the All State team from a year ago. She is on a mission and will give it her best when her best is called upon. Her game brings speed to our interior defense and offense. Brittney can guard the perimeter or guard the strong post player, but will out run most that defend her in the interior. She pres- ents the hardest match-ups for most opponents." He added that Kiffin Howard and Eaglesgiven a second chance By Richard Volesky Editor/Reporter THEODORE ROOSEVELT NATIONAl2 PARK - It was a pic- ture perfect day and a "golden opportunity." Perfect in that it marked a day when two golden eagles and one bald eagle successfully completed their recovery and their release back into the wild. It was also what could be considered a photograph- er's treasure - a blue sky with a background of clay, snowy buttes and herd of bison helping complete the scene. The Dakota Zoo in Bismarck rehabilitated the eagles through an arrangement with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The zoo conducts medical treat- ment and rehabilitation for numer- ous raptors each year, specializing in endangered and threatened species, particularly eagles. They rehabilitate about eight to 12 birds each year, said Terry Lincoln, zoo director. The release of the birds on March 3 drew a considerable amount of media attention. Originally it appeared one vehicle would be needed for reporters and another for the birds and their care- takers, but several vehicles were An eagle that was released in Theodore Roosevelt National Park on March 3 searches for a landing spot. On the butte in the distant background is another one of the released eagles that has landed. (Photo by Richard Volesky) needed to transport the 20 or so reporters and park personnel who wanted to see the birds fly again. Previously, in Bismarck, the eagles were flying in two 40-by- 120 flight pens. Some bald eagles have been staying in TRNP this past winter, due to an abundance of elk carcass- es. A total of 406 elk were shot in the area this past season, but the animals' innards and other parts remained. It was reasoned that the Eagles (Continued on Page 10) Beach players, from left, Bobbi Jo Nielsen, Jill Rising and LaCee Vollum are congratulated by Brandt Gaugler, who is the District 13 basketball co-chair, and Beach High School's principal and activity director, on March 10 for winning the Region 7 championship. LaCee Vollum have put in some extra time that made themselves grow as players and contributors to the team. "Kiffin brings major quickness to the perimeter on defensive and offensive sides of the ball. She has a very good midrange jumper that penetrates the defensive opponent. Kiffin has been a very good compliment to this year's team with her tenacious defense that keeps the game flowing at a very fast pace" Vollum pulls up as an accurate jumper or puts-back from rebounds that always seem to be at the right- time. "She adds length to her team and can alter her opponents' shots in the interior part of the court," said Waldal. Waldal said that after the last sea- son ended, the bench also didn't take any time off and also worked hard to get stronger. "Bobbie Jo Nielsen comes into the game when strength is needed and is getting much more comfortable in State (Continued on Page 10) Beach player Jill Rising moves down the court of the Knights of Columbus Activities Center during the Beach vs. Killdeer Region 7 championship game on March 10. (Photos by Richard Volesky) Pat Bohn, left, and Rick Olson assist with making the pancakes for the Pancake/Sausage Supper and Pie Auction held in Sentinel Butte on March 5. (Photo by Jane M. Cook) Great turnout at fund-raiser By Jane M. Cook Reporter SENTINEL BUTTE - For close to 25 years, the volunteer firefight- ers of Sentinel Butte have put on a Pancake/Sausage Supper and Pie Auction with terrific turnouts, and the event held on Saturday, March 5, was no exception. A great crowd attended this year's event at the Sentinel Butte Community Hall. But more than just pies were being auctioned off. Pat Bohn and Sentinel Butte Mayor Rick Olson made and served up the pancakes, and French toast, With Alan Muckle and Troy Bohn serving the sausage links and pat- ties. Jim Cook served as auctioneer, with Fire Chief Aaron Brown, Clay Makelky and Rob Dobrowski help- Turnout (Continued on Page 10) Direct Deposit Is A Good Idea ....... With Direct Deposit, your monthly government check is sent - - -''-. -' directly to our bank and deposited into your checking or savings .,z, :,::-:;;;:.. -,.-.:-,---:" ........ :,.).:../.=, .. account, whichever you prefer. 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