March 20th, 2012
As a reporter, you tend to spend time on the phone.
Some of it's spent arranging interviews, some of it's spent hearing what information you got wrong. Fortunately, there's been a non-work related phone call I've been making a lot lately and it's the most anticipated phone call a guy can get after a long day's work.
It goes something like this:
"Hey, it's Scott. You want to play catch?"
"Yeah, sure. I'll meet you at City Park in a few minutes."
The call is followed by the simplest of pleasures â€” an hour of tossing cowhide amongst a few leather mits.
The Valley City High School track and field team started the indoor season Saturday at the Concordia High School Invitational in Moorhead, Minn.
Even though neither the boys or girls team finished towards the top of the team standings, they still had plenty of standouts. For the girls team, which placed fifth of six teams with 64 points, the top finishers were largely seniors.
Erika Ettl, a 5-foot-3-inch combo-guard attending school in Japan has signed a letter-of-intent to play basketball at Valley City State University, coach Jill DeVries announced Monday.
Ettl averaged 19 points and 10 assists in her senior season at Yokota High School, a U.S. Department of Defense school in Mainland Japan. She is a four-year starter and four time All-Conference performer in the seven-team Kanto Plains League.
The Valley City Town and Country Club likes to get its golf course open as early as possible each year, usually aiming for a mid-April opening.
This weekend, the club got an early start.
â€śApril 15 is always kind of our target,â€ť Club Manager Brian Yanish said. â€śWe were hoping with the winter we had we could golf in March and it worked out that way this year.â€ť
Following a week of temperatures in the mid-to-high 60 degree range, the club beat its April 15 goal by nearly a month, opening for the season Friday afternoon.
After leaving seven runners in scoring position in a 2-0 loss to Saint Mary of the Woods, the Valley City State University softball team rallied for a 6-1 win over Spring Arbor University to get a split in the final games of the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla.
In game one, Valley City State put runners in scoring position in five of the seven innings against Saint Mary of the Woods (Ind.) College, but the timely hit evaded the Viking bats and they dropped the opener on their final day 2-0.
Each season, the Valley City Sharks swim team spends countless hours in the pool.
This weekend, the team is hoping to see the work pay off at the annual North Dakota Swimming Short Course State Championships, which start today in Grand Forks.
â€śItâ€™s quite a privilege or an honor to go to state,â€ť said Sharks coach Connie Lettenmaier. â€śIt just goes to show how hard they work. Itâ€™s a payoff.â€ť
The Sharks have 10 swimmers qualified in 43 total events at the meet, which finishes up Sunday.
The Valley City State University softball team avenged a tough loss from last yearâ€™s spring break and received a quality win to end the day to complete another two game sweep in Florida.
In game one, tied 2-2 in the top of the seventh, a Jane Pettit single scored the game winning run to fend off Trinity Christian College by a score of 3-2. The Vikings lost 2-0 to TCC last year.
Itâ€™s a Tuesday night, the sun is getting ready to set, but down in the basement of the City Auditorium, a group of children ranging in age from eight to late-teenagers were starting up a class run by Valley City Parks and Recreation.
But unlike your typical basketball or flag football class, this one requires a little more safety instruction.
â€śThese arenâ€™t toys,â€ť instructor Jill Christensen told the class, â€śTheyâ€™re weapons.â€ť
In the eight games leading up to the Valley City State University baseball teamâ€™s spring break trip to Tucson, Ariz., the Vikings fared well enough offensively but only scored more than five runs in one of those games.
So in that sense, the team lit things up to open the trip, which lasts until Friday.
The Vikings opened the tournament with games Sunday against the Illinois Institute of Technology and Norwich (Vt.) University and had no problems getting things going. The Vikings combined for 36 total hits and 35 runs.
VCSU beat Illinois Tech 17-6 and Norwich 19-6.
Working the rodeo circuit, it's rare that Taryl and Tate Smith have a chance to showcase their talents for a hometown crowd.
For that reason, the annual North Dakota Winter Show PRCA rodeo gave the Litchville brothers a reason to be excited.
"It's one of the nicest feelings in the world," said Taryl, 22. "You want to impress them more than you want to impress anyone else."
For the two, the crowd had no issue being impressed as each of them hopped on a large bull, got released from the chute and hung on as well as they could.