Archive - Jan 2012 - Sports Article
Despite leading by only two points at halftime of Tuesday's 52-33 win over Enderlin in the first round of the Barnes County Tournament, Maple Valley coach Jeff Miller knew his team was on the verge of opening the game up.
It was just a matter of getting the knockout blow, so to speak.
"There were a couple of times in the second quarter where you could feel they were kind of on the ropes," Miller said. "We had a five or six point lead and then we'd turn the ball over a couple of times and they'd be right back in it.
Valley City High School senior Allyson Suhr opened the Barnes County Tournament with the type of game that any post player would love to have.
With a few inches of height over the Litchville-Marion Montpelier girls, Suhr was able to consistently low into the post for open shots and grabbed rebounds with ease.
In the 59-26 win over the Rebels, Suhr finished with 26 points, as many as the opposing squad. But sheâ€™s not the type to take credit for it.
Minn. Twins stopping in VC
Members of the the Minnesota Twins baseball team will be stopping by Valley City next week as part of the teamâ€™s 52nd annual Twins Winter Caravan.
The Valley City stop will be a community lunch from 12:45-1:45 p.m. Tuesday at Trestles at the Valley City Town & Country Club.
The lunch will include a hot dog, chips, and a drink for $5, as well as a brief program with a question and answer session and prizes.
While a 13th place finish doesn't always look great on paper, the Valley City High School wrestling team came out of the Bismarck Rotary Tournament last weekend having accomplished plenty.
Not only did the Hi-Liners finish in the top half of a tournament with multiple out-of-state teams and nearly every Class A school, but the team finished with four placers.
Additionally, senior Brandon Larson broke the school's career win record and sophomore Zach Doty broke the 100-win mark for his career on the tournament's opening day.
Ever since Barnes County North girls basketball coach Randy Hooey was in the third grade, he's been around the Barnes County basketball tournaments in various roles.
He's watched it, he's played in it, and today when the Bison tip off against Griggs County Central at 4:30 p.m., it will kick off his third year coaching in it.
"The Barnes County tournaments always provide a great atmosphere," Hooey said. "It's absolutely phenomenal."
It's an atmosphere provided by a change of scenery for the seven Class B schools that are participating in the tournament, along with Valley City High School.
ROGERS â€” Of all the area basketball teams, none got a longer winter break than the Maple Valley High School boys.
Until Saturday's 66-46 win at Barnes County North, it had been nearly three weeks since the team took the floor in a 56-41 win against North Sargent Dec. 17.
So while it wasn't a picture perfect start in the first game back, the Raiders eventually settled in by the second half to run away with the win.
The Valley City High School girls basketball team had a tough start in Fridayâ€™s 44-43 home win against Wahpeton.
Heading into halftime, the team trailed 21-18, but only one player, Jenna Jacob, had more than three points.
But in a game of momentum, it was the end that mattered.
In the final ten and a half minutes, the Hi-Liners found a rhythm offensively and kept the Huskies from getting easy points to finish with the lead.
The Valley City State University womens basketball team picked up a big A.I.I. win on the road, beating Dakota State by a 68-52 Sunday.
Three Vikings scored in double figures, led by junior Katelyn Ralston who posted a game high 15 points on 7-12 shooting from the floor. Fellow junior Courtney Titus and sophomore Brittany Lehner tallied 11 points each for the Vikings.
The Viking defense held the Lady Tâ€™s to just 30.9 percent shooting from the floor and only 21 percent in the first half. The Vikings also forced 16 turnovers and coverted them into 18 points.
WIMBLEDON â€” The Barnes County North boys basketball team lost 50-49 to New Rockford-Sheyenne Thursday at home, and in dramatic fashion no less.
With the clock counting the final seconds in the fourth quarter, Rocket forward Chance LaBrie got a chance for a lay up in the paint and hit it with one second left.
While the loss stung, BCN coach Stacy Schaffer was pleased with his team's effort.
Other than a small offensive lull in the second quarter, the Bison played a close game against a similar opponent and nearly came out with the win.
WIMBLEDON â€” It's often said that good defense in basketball can lead to good offense.
Thursday at home against New Rockford-Sheyenne, the Barnes County North girls basketball team learned that the hard way losing 64-28.
From the moment the Bison first touched the ball, the Rockets shut them down with a man-to-man pressure defense that never let up.
"That was one thing we've struggled with this year is a full-court man," BCN coach Randy Hooey said. "The ball pressure absolutely took us out of the game,"