April 2nd, 2012
After dropping the first two games on Friday at the Morningside College Invitational Softball Tournament, the Valley City State University softball team rattled off four wins in a row to finish the tournament 4-2.
In game one on Friday, Bellevue (Neb.) University scored five runs in the bottom of the first and led the entire way in a 7-2 victory. The Vikings mustered only six hits with freshman Shayna Taffinder leading the way with a 2-2 performance at the plate. Jen Shadlock took the loss for the Vikings in the circle.
JAMESTOWN â€” The way Valley City State University baseball coach Casey Olney looks at it, the success his team had wasnâ€™t necessarily in the box scores of its Dakota Athletic Conference preseason tournament games.
In the weekend, the team went 1-3. The Vikings lost double header at home Saturday to Dickinson State University and Jamestown College, but rebounded with a13-6 win over Dickinson Sunday in Jamestown before closing it out with a 12-2 loss to the Jimmies.
New VCPR classes starting
Valley City Parks and Recreation is offering two new classes, step aerobics and yoga, starting Monday.
Step Aerobics will be offered at the Rec Center starting Monday, April 2. This class is planned for Mondays and Thursdays from 5:15 p.m. until 6 p.m. in the fitness room upstairs at the Rec Center. The class will be low impact with an upbeat, fun atmosphere with easy to follow routines and light weights to strengthen bones & increase muscle mass. Classes will be instructed by Deb White.
There arenâ€™t many teams that get over a month off from competition in mid-season.
But ever since the Valley City State University track and field team last ran a full meet Feb. 16, the majority of the team has been training for the outdoor season, which starts Saturday when members of the team go to Dickinson State for the first outdoor meet of the year.
â€śThat was a good opportunity for us to train,â€ť said coach Ken Frenette, who previously coached at Campbell University in North Carolina, which has a smaller transition period between the seasons.
The Valley City Community Gardens are warming up for their fourth season, and for those who are itching to get their hands dirty, space is filling up rapidly. As of Thursday, eight 20 by 20 foot plots were still available to rent for the season at the gardens, located west of Riverside Gardens, just off of Tenth Street Southwest.
â€śThe soil out there is really nice right now,â€ť said Ellen Bjelland, Garden Steering Committee chair. â€śIt had alfalfa on it previously and people worked it a lot last year. Theyâ€™re in good shape.â€ť
I donâ€™t necessarily consider myself old, but I do know Iâ€™m old enough to remember the drought of the late 1980s and early 1990s when Devils Lake was hardly visible from Minnewaukan, and one day I walked across the parched bottom of Hobart Lake in Barnes County.
Since a wet cycle started in 1993, construction crews have had to build up Interstate 94, which runs through Hobart Lake, because of rising water, and Minnewaukan today is nearly surrounded by Devils Lake.
As the adage goes, â€śa picture is worth a thousand words,â€ť a fishing picture, however means never having to face an inquisition from friends or foes at the local watering hole. While any snap, from a camera phone on up to top-of-the-line photography equipment, will preserve the memory and the proof of your catch, there are several ways you can make it a wall-hanger of a moment.
Preserve the Profile
As anyone in Valley City will tell you, winter doesnâ€™t always treat springs sports teams well.
But as this last winter progressed in a mild fashion, Valley City State University baseball coach Casey Olney and his coaching counterparts at Dickinson State University and Jamestown College kicked around the idea of moving the Dakota Athletic Conference preseason tournament from sites in South Dakota to local fields.
But even those talks were done with a hint of caution as coaches waited to see whether their fields would be playable.
On a cold and windy day, the Valley City State University Vikings dropped the opening game at NCAA Division II opponent Bemidji (Minn.) State 2-0 before rebounding in the second game to salvage a split with a 6-2 victory.
Game one flew by as both pitchers worked quickly and limited each teamâ€™s offenses. The Beavers gave pitcher Courtney Anderson a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first and it was all the room she needed as Anderson held the Viking bats to just three hits in seven innings.
Thundering Herd Classic Track & Field Meet
Monday at NDSU
Girls 60 Meter Dash Finals
1. Slemmons, Paige, Central Cass, 8.03; 2. Johnson, Julia, Shanley, 8.27; 3. Willson, Molly, Valley City, 8.29; ... 6. Jacob, Jenna, Valley City, J8.43.
Girls 200 Meter Dash
1. Willson, Molly, Valley City, 27.53; 2. Slemmons, Paige, Central Cass, 27.84; 3. Adah, Afure, Shanley, 27.93; 4. Jacob, Jenna, Valley City, 28.11; ... 11. Roehrich, Brienne, Valley City, 29.76; 15. Peterson, Bekah, Valley City, 30.20.
Girls 400 Meter Dash