Archive - May 8, 2012
Photo by Deb Beilke/Special to the Times-Record
April Berntson was among the top finishers for Valley City High School at the Packer Relays Friday in West Fargo. Berntson took sixth in the 1,600 as the Hi-Liner girls took 11th of the 13 teams at the meet with five points. The Hi-Liner boys did not score at the meet.
The West Fargo High School softball team is, simply, among the elite softball teams locally.
"They're pretty much undefeated in North Dakota for two years now, at least," Valley City High School coach Jason Lindgren. "I bet they don't have five losses all together in those two years."
It's a record that could strike fear into many opponents, but will be a welcome challenge against the Hi-Liners Tuesday when the teams play a one-point game at 4:30 p.m. at the Valley City State University softball complex.
With plenty of games played in a short time, tournaments have a way of testing teams.
So by the end of the Valley City Junior High Invitational softball tournament, the hosting Hi-Liners were simply drained.
â€śWe played right away at 9 a.m., then we had an hour off,â€ť Valley City coach Lucas Potter said. â€śAfter that it was one game we won, another game we won, so by the time that third game hits, what are you going to do?â€ť
Photo Stacy Wendel/Special to the Times-Record
The Valley City State University softball team finished the season with the second highest win total in program history, and Wednesday, some of the teamâ€™s key players received individual recognition for their efforts throughout the year.
VCSU seniors Katie McBride, Jane Pettit and Cyndi Figol, along with junior Adrianna Boychuk, were named to the Dakota Athletic Conference All-Conference team.
The Valley City junior varsity track teams were in Fargo Thursday for the Davies Junior Varsity Invitational.
The boys finished in fifth place at the meet and the girls took third.
The only Hi-Liner to win an event was Tia Wagar, who won the 3,200 meter relay, but the team also had success from Barbra Zubrod, who took second place in the 800 and 1,600 meter runs; Jamie Ronning, who took third in the 800, and the 4x100 relay team, which took third.
In a doubleheader split with Fargo South Thursday, the Valley City Junior High baseball team had plenty of reasons it could have gotten down on itself.
For one, until the Hi-Liners had a walk-off hit to win the first game 4-3 in six innings, they never held a lead.
Then, in the second game, the team allowed six runs in the top of the first inning.
But in both situations, the Hi-Liners simply kept swinging the bat, playing defense, and generally having fun.
The result were two close games â€” a 5-3 win in six innings, and a 9-6 loss.
The VCHS Speech Team wrapped up its 2012 season with state competition and attempts to qualify for national competition this June in Indianapolis. Nick Lee was able to qualify for the National Forensic League Tournament and will compete with an original oratory about welfare reform at the national level. He will also compete in supplemental categories of poetry and storytelling.
On April 10, 1912 LaLander Stadig Norman, â€śDUCKâ€ť was born in Binford, North Dakota and grew up in Valley City, ND. The day of his birth was the day the Titanic set sail.
His parents immigrated from Sweden. His father was John Norman who worked at the Fair Store in its hey day. His mother fed harvesters from a traveling cook car. As a lad, Duck helped her.
He graduated at age 15 from High School and went to Valley City Teachersâ€™ College. Then he studied at the University of Michigan and studied 10 years to become an actuary.
Valley City High Schoolâ€™s artists will have one last chance to shine on Thursday at the VCHS Fine Arts Festival.
The exhibition in the school starts at 6 p.m. and comes days after several VCHS art students were honored for their achievements in the Junior Duck Stamp Competition at the stateâ€™s annual banquet in Bismarck.
VCHS art instructor Kelly Callahan said as an art instructor, she can only do so much, but her students help teach and motivate each other.