Archive - Dec 2011
The Valley City State University cross-country and track & field teams are getting a new coach, and one with plenty of NCAA Division I experience no less.
Ken Frenette, who spent 23 years coaching the mens and womens cross country teams Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C., was named the Vikings' new head coach in a release Friday.
Entering this season, Maple Valley High School girls basketball coach Jeff Miller was cautiously optimistic.
"I knew we'd be better than last year and I knew we'd be able to surprise some teams," Miller said. "I thought we would maybe get off to a slower start and then start picking it up at the end of the year once they started playing together."
But after beating Griggs County Central 54-31 Tuesday, "better than last year" is a goal the team has already achieved.
United Blood Services will be at Stoudt Ross Ford in Valley City for a blood drive today and tomorrow (Dec. 22, 23).
The two-day push will run from 11:30 a.m to 6 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday.
UBS worker Rachel Jipson said early Thursday afternoon that the turnout had been good so far.
"We are always looking for people to give," she said. "We've got lots of open spots."
The Litchville-Marion/Montpelier basketball teams had mixed success in Tuesdayâ€™s games at Ellendale.
On one hand, the girls struggled to score and lost 65-28, but on the other, the boys picked up their second win of the year.
In the girls game, the Rebels were hurt by a bad first half in which they were outscored 39-7.
Ellendale led 20-2 after the first quarter and then scored 19 more in the second.
LMM had scored 21 points in the second half, including 13 in the third quarter.
Tasha Piehl and Tanys Ulmer led LMM with six points each and Brenna Rodin had five, including a 3-pointer.
The rate of calls to the North Dakota Tobacco Quitline from residents in Barnes County more than tripled from 2009 to 2010, said the county's Tobacco Prevention Coordinator, Vicki Voldal-Rosenau.
As a whole, smoking rates in North Dakota have decreased in the last couple years.
"This is just the beginning, if we don't let up" Voldal-Rosenau said. "Can we ever let up? Sure, but there's still a lot of people starting to smoke and it's a killer."
Valley City High School girls basketball coach Jim McDaniel was plenty pleased with how his team played in Tuesdayâ€™s 48-41 home loss to Fargo Davies.
All night long, the Hi-Liners set the pace of the game, came back from small deficits and continued to play with a balanced offensive attack.
â€śI thought we handled their size, I thought we handled their pressure fine, I liked the pace of the game,â€ť McDaniel said. â€śI liked a lot of the things we did, the key stat for us is that we were 0 for 11 at the free-throw line.â€ť
It was that 0-11 stat that came back to haunt the Hi-Liners.
Five Valley City High School teams were recognized as Team Scholar recipients from the North Dakota High School Athletic Association.
To qualify for the award, teams must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher.Â
Teams that qualified were:
team GPA of 3.40
Boysâ€™ Cross Country
team GPA of 3.39
Girlsâ€™ Cross Country
team GPA of 3.77
team GPA of 3.40
team GPA of 3.50
Maple Valley boys get weekend sweep
The Maple Valley boys basketball team had few problems offensively or defensively last weekend with home wins over Enderlin and North Sargent.
Thursday the Raiders beat Enderlin 60-39.
Maple Valley allowed only ten points in each of the first three quarters and had a 39-20 lead by halftime.
Ethen Preston led the Raiders with 16 points, including a 4-4 performance at the free-throw line, and was one of four players to score in double digits for the team.
In a 61-54 win last week against Fargo South, the Valley City girls basketball team played the epitome of a balanced game.
The Hi-Liners five starters â€”guards Megan McDaniel and Amanda Tangen, forwards Jenna Jacob and Mariah Olstad, and center Allyson Suhr â€” combined for all but 56 of the points.
Not only did all of them hit double digits in scoring but the lowest scoring starter, Tangen, finished with only two less points than the teamâ€™s leaders in scoring, Suhr and Olstad, who had 12. The other two starters had 11.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) â€” Ben Roethlisberger threw a few extra passes in near darkness after the lights went out at Candlestick Park.
The additional throws were all for naught. Big Ben never found his groove playing on a bum ankle â€” and the San Francisco 49ersâ€™ top-ranked defense wasnâ€™t about to let the most unique of home-field advantages get away in a 20-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night.
â€śJust wondering how this happens at a professional stadium,â€ť Roethlisberger said of not one but two blackouts.
Monday Night Football nearly became a Monday Night Fiasco.