April 11th, 2012
When Valley City High School runner Ruth Ihry started with the schoolâ€™s track and field team, she wasnâ€™t much for distance.
â€śShe used to be a sprinter,â€ť her teammate, Allyson Suhr, said with a friendly, if not slightly accusatory tone. â€śWe converted her.â€ť
Asked why, Ihry thinks for a minute.
â€śAll my friends,â€ť Ihry said.
Now, Ihry has become one of the numerous distance runners on a team that has plenty of depth in the area.
The Valley Twisters gymnastics team improved on an already great season earlier this month at the USA Gymnastics state championships in Bismarck.
Over 200 gymnasts from all across the state competed in the three-day meet.
The team was lead by Taylor Johnson, a Level 8 gymnast, who rejoined the Twisters after her first season in high school gymnastics. She placed second on the floor with a 9.225 and took third in the beam. She also placed sixth on the bars and eighth on the vault. Her all around score of 34.150 was good for sixth place and also qualified her for the 2012
The Valley Twisters gymnastics club has started the search for a new head coach and executive director deciding to part ways with Jon Liardi Monday night.
"The long-term best interest, with respect to safety of students and growth of program, wasn't to have him on board as a coach and director," President Bobby Koepplin said Tuesday.
Liardi said he was asked Wednesday morning to turn in a letter of resignation, though he was unsure whether he would.
JAMESTOWN â€” Suffice to say, the Valley City baseball team hasnâ€™t had the smoothest start to its season.
For one, the team currently has a handful of ineligible players, leaving only nine players to fill out the roster.
The result is nine guys, some playing out of position, who are forced to take all the at-bats, pitch all the innings and hold down the fort until some of the missing pieces are eligible later this month.
FARGO, N.D.--Linebacker Grant Olson had a pick six and running back Matt Jones turned some heads during North Dakota State footballâ€™s controlled 60-play scrimmage played on a blustery Saturday, April 7, on Dacotah Field.
NDSU football moved into the second half of spring practice with an uptempo scrimmage that featured a little bit of everything.
On the second play of the scrimmage, Olson, a 6-foot, 226-pound junior from Plymouth, Minnesota (Wayzata H.S.), stepped in front of the intended receiver in the left flat and raced 40 yards into the end zone with the early score.
VCSU baseball splits with Dickinson
The Valley City State University baseball team split its double header with Dickinson State Friday, finishing the series at 2-2.
The Vikings lost the first game of the double header 1-0 in seven innings, and won the second 12-8 in nine innings.
The first game was pitchers dual, as the Vikings got another strong performance from Derek Zitzow, who allowed only four hits.
Defensively, the Vikings had three errors, including one in the sixth inning that allowed Dickinson outfielder Jacob Muir to reach base and later score the only run of the game.
For the Valley City State University softball team, the final game of a four game series against Dickinson State was a bit refreshing.
After scoring no runs in the first three games of the series, including a 4-0 loss earlier Friday, the Vikings finally started producing runs, held a short lead, and nearly overcame a three-run deficit in the top of the seventh inning.
But a game-ending grounder by Hayley Bevan dashed the Vikingsâ€™ hope for a win and gave Dickinson the series sweep, ending the game with an 8-7 final score.
Valley City High School Student Nicholas Lee, under the guidance of Edith Wagar, has earned the degree of Premier Distinction, the National Forensic Leagueâ€™s highest degree of student membership.
A degree of Premier Distinction reflects sustained excellence in classroom activities, competition rounds and service projects.
Students may earn points in six separate categories: speech, debate, congress, service, district and national.
BALDHILL CREEK, N.D. â€“ The Barnes County Water Resource District Board tabled a discussion on supporting a proposed study for a dry dam on the Baldhill Creek after hearing from several landowners in that area who opposed it.
The Baldhill Creek site and another near Cooperstown were identified last summer in a study conducted by West Fargo-based Moore Engineering as two sites that could retain a significant amount of water from entering Ashtabula Lake, which lies upstream from Valley City, behind the Baldhill Dam.
After watching the effects of a methamphetamine epidemic sweep across the state in the middle of the last decade, State Senator Larry Robinson knew something had to be done to alleviate the damage caused by the dangerous drug.
Today, a rehabilitation center bearing Robinsonâ€™s namesake is celebrating six years of success in helping treat addictions to meth and other substances.