For the Maple Valley High School boys basketball team, the 2012 Barnes County Tournament isnâ€™t just about winning a title as much. Rather, the Raiders are defending a legacy after winning the championship the last two years.
Tuesday at Osmon Fieldhouse the Raiders had a successful start to the 2012 tournament, beating Finley-Sharon/Hope-Page 65-36 in the tournamentâ€™s opening contest.
â€śWe want to be back in that championship game on Saturday night, and thatâ€™s what we talked about,â€ť Maple Valley coach Jay Kocka said. â€śStep one is complete, step two will be Thursday.â€ť
The Valley City Parks and Recreation District is looking for people interested in a seat on the district board opened up by the resignation of a member.
Taylor Jacobson, district director, said â€śa Parks and Recreation District board member resigned, and weâ€™re looking for letters of interest by people wanting to fill it.â€ť
Jacobson said the appointment to the open position will run through June of 2014.
Jacobson said the seat was held by Brent Gustafson, who resigned because he moved outside city limits.
The Abused Persons Outreach Center, Inc. in Valley City needs toilet paper to give to families in need, and second-graders at Jefferson Elementary School hope to collect enough of it to build a Christmas tree at the school on December 18.
Assuming each student brings in one roll of toilet paper, the tree could include 111 rolls.
People who may have been exposed to a rabid cat in Jamestown last month should contact the North Dakota State Department of Health.
The cat was found Nov. 30 by local animal control authorities close to the Tesoro gas station at 2015 Eighth Avenue S.W. in Jamestown. The adult female cat was an orange and white tabby with long hair and was declawed.
The cat tested positive for rabies at the North Dakota Department of Healthâ€™s Division of Laboratory Services on Dec. 6.
Valley Cityâ€™s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Serviceâ€™s Valley City Wetland Management District office is looking for Valley City and Barnes County residents to participate in a Christmas Bird Count Wednesday, Dec. 19, said Terry Gwilliams, range technician.
For the first game of the season, it had the feel and intensity of a playoff game. Wahpeton guard Lachelle Bumgarner shot the lights out with 38 points, but Valley City didn't back down. Four Hi-Liners scored in double digits as Valley City escaped with a 83-78 road win Saturday afternoon in double overtime.
" It would have been a long week to lose tonight, especially a game like this. This is a huge boost," Valley City coach Jim McDaniel said. "(It was) a very exciting game. I wasn't expecting to go a couple of overtimes."
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The No. 19 Valley City State University womens basketball team's defense was on display Friday as the Vikings beat Trinity Bible College 78-45 in their eighth straight win this season.
Trinity Bible shot the ball well in the first half, jumping out to a 6-0 lead on back-to-back 3-pointers to start the game, while shooting 4-6 from the 3-point line in the first half to keep within reach at halftime.
However, the Vikings turned up the defensive pressure in the second half and forced 26 turnovers in the game and out-rebounded the Lions 46-26.
The Valley City High School boys basketball team did plenty of things right in its 49-43 season-opening loss to Wahpeton Friday at the Hi-Liner Activity Center, but at times, the ball just didn't seem to want to go in the hoop.
"They rebounded hard, they played defense hard. I thought we outhustled them and we outworked them, but our shooting percentage, we just couldn't overcome that," VCHS coach Scott Hurlimann said, citing a combined 7-20 performance at the free-throw line and 2-18 from the 3-point line. "We have to shoot better."
It was shooting that often seemed contagious.
After three months assessing Valley City, about 20 undergraduate and graduate students at North Dakota State University have come up with lists of community strengths and weaknesses included in an 11-chapter written report.
Students did the assessment as an assignment for Dr. Gary Gorehamâ€™s Community Assessment class.
Goreham is chairman of and professor in the NDSU sociology and anthropology department.
Students outlined results for advisory committee members Thursday in a meeting at the Sheyenne Valley Area Career and Technology Center.
Ice anglers should know what theyâ€™re doing before they go out onto the ice. This is what Scott Tichy, park ranger for the Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Ashtabula, wants people to know.
No ice is ever really safe, said Tichy, but ice conditions on Lake Ashtabula are currently poor. Some of the ice is thick enough for walking on, and some isnâ€™t. And when a person is on the ice, he canâ€™t tell if it is an inch thick or four inches thick, the recommended thickness for walking on.
Itâ€™s best to stay off until the weather is cooler, urged Tichy.