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Bill Koering, Published December 17 2010

Hillsboro should honor work of basketball coach Ed Beyer

Mayville State University and Mayville, N.D., got it right when they decided to honor those great people who have served them so well. Lewey Lee Field House, Jerome Berg Field, Al Meyer Athletic Complex and, finally, Scot Berry Baseball Field are titles of the locations on that campus where these great leaders left their marks. All of them contributed greatly to Mayville and Mayville State University. Placing their names on the campus facilities that reflect their greatness is proper and appropriate.

Hillsboro, N.D., had the opportunity a few years ago to name the new gymnasium after Ed Beyer. Hillsboro did not do what Mayville State and its community did to thank their great leaders.

Beyer left a mark so outstanding in Hillsboro that for 37 years nobody in high school sports anywhere could compare to what he achieved in three sports. After 688 basketball wins, four State B basketball titles, three State B baseball titles, 13 trips to the State B basketball tourney, major contributions to the Hillsboro football tradition, producing numerous all-state athletes and college players, earning Hall of Fame honors three times and making professional contributions to his fellow coaches and their players with the highly successful Red River Basketball Camp, isn’t it time to show some appreciation in the same way Mayville and Mayville State honored their great coaches?

Other cities and schools would have loved to have experienced and enjoyed what Beyer and his family gave to Hillsboro. He could have left for bigger and better jobs many times, but he stayed and served the community.

If the current name on the new gym is satisfactory, then be resourceful and name the actual basketball court area for the greatest prep basketball coach this state has ever seen.

Perhaps calling it the “Ed Beyer State Championship Court” would be appropriate?

Is that too much for Hillsboro to do to show its gratitude for a job that was done exceptionally well?

Koering, Upland, Calif., is a 1968 graduate of Hillsboro High School.