May 6th, 2014
Valley City State senior Brittany Lehner is the North Star Athletic Association Player of the Year, first-year head coach Elle Fracker is the Coach of the Year, and four more Vikings were named All-Conference, the NSAA announced Monday.
Lehner, of Watertown, S.D., led regular season conference champion Valley City State with a .382 batting average, six home runs, 27 RBIs, a .629 slugging percentage and a .409 on-base percentage. Lehner is also an All-Conference at-large player.
Fracker led the Vikings to a 10-2 conference record and their first conference championship since 1990.
Hi-Liner girls tennis finished April 24â€™s weather-abbreviated match against Wahpeton 8-1 at West Fargo on Tuesday, then crossed town to take out Fargo North, 7-2.
â€śWe finished off the Wahpeton match very well,â€ť Valley City coach Matthew Nielson said. â€śThe Doubles came out and dominated the rest of their matches and we rolled right into Singles, where we took care of business. Doubles is definitely our strong suit, as we have not lost a Doubles match against the No. 4-through-No. 9-ranked teams in the EDC.â€ť
Read this story in Wednesday's Times-Record.
Hi-Liner softball endured West Fargoâ€™s 10-run fourth inning in Tuesdayâ€™s 15-3 opening defeat, then tightened up the defense but fell 7-1 in game two.
â€śI was glad that, in the second game, we didnâ€™t just fall apart,â€ť Valley City head coach Jason Lindgren said. â€śWe could have come back and fallen apart and given up 10 or 11 runs in the second one, too, but we didnâ€™t ... the top of the orderâ€™s got to start hitting â€” theyâ€™re the ones you count on, and thatâ€™s why theyâ€™re in the top of the order â€” and they havenâ€™t done that for the last couple games.â€ť
Dr. Margaret Dahlberg, vice president for academic affairs at Valley City State University, has been appointed interim president of VCSU by the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education.
Dahlberg will begin serving as VCSU interim president on July 1. She will succeed VCSUâ€™s current president, Steven W. Shirley, who has been appointed president of Minot State University.
Greg Vanney, VCSU director of marketing and communications, said Tuesday the process of selecting a permanent president continues.
The Valley City State University Concert Choir and University Singers will present their final concert of the season on Friday at Epworth United Methodist Church, 680 Eighth Avenue SW, in Valley City. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to support the work of the VCSU music department. The VCSU Quantum Brass will also perform as guest artists on the program.
More in Tuesday's Times-Record.
The Valley City Times-Record won several awards at the North Dakota Newspaper Association's Better Newspaper Contest, Friday May 2 in Bismarck.
Reporter Bonnie Jo Conley-Hanson took first in agriculture photography; reporters Heidi Harris and Conley-Hanson took third in overall design excellence for a the Harvest section; and sports editor Jake McNeal took second in outdoor recreation photography.
Rogers native Andrew Sadek, 20, left his dorm at the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton at 2 a.m. Friday, May 1, and vanished. As of Monday, authorities had not found a trace of the student.
Sadek, the son of John and Tammy Sadek of Rogers, is a 2012 graduate of Valley City Senior High School with ties to Valley City and Rogers. He is a second-year student at NDSCS studying electrical technology.
Hi-Liner baseball suffered a five-inning, 17-0 no-hitter loss at West Fargo in Thursdayâ€™s opener, then managed three hits in the follow-up 7-0 defeat.
Friday opened with a five-inning, 11-1 defeat at Fargo Davies followed by an 11-0 five-inning no-hitter loss to Eagle senior Andrew Lein.
Read this story in Tuesday's Times-Record.
Valley City State menâ€™s golf took eighth place in April 26 and 27â€™s MCAC/North Star Conference Championship meet in Nebraska.
Menâ€™s teams played 36 holes on April 26â€™s Day 1 before April 27â€™s scheduled third round was canceled due to rain. The Vikings shot a 337 in the first round, then improved by 20 shots with a 317 in the second round.
Valley City State senior third base Liz Hall-Sewell is the North Star Athletic Association Softball Player of the Week, the NSAA announced Monday.
Hall Sewell, of North Pole, Alaska, completed her Viking career on 5-for-7 batting with a double and a pair of two-run home runs in Valley City Stateâ€™s three-game North Star/Frontier Conference Postseason Tournament stretch. Hall Sewell drove in four runs, drew four walks and batted .714 with a slugging percentage of 1.714 in the tournament.