Archive - Mar 2012 - Sports Article
By the casual runnerâ€™s standards, the low 70 degree temperatures at Shelly Ellig Field Wednesday would have been a bit much.
But just before 4:30 p.m., the Valley City High School boys and girls track and field teams went out in full force.
On the turf in the football fieldâ€™s sidelines, the distance runners finished another run and took a quick breather, watching the sprinters do quick laps around the track. Off in the distance, the field athletes are taking turns throwing.
The Valley City State University mens golf team played its first tournament of the spring season last week, finishing fourth of five teams at the Tuscon Invitational Games in Green Valley, Ariz.
On Wednesday, the Vikings opened the meet at Canoa Ranch Golf Club with a team score of 334, then shot 335 Thursday at Torres Blancas Golf Club. The team finished the two-day tournament with a total score of 669. University of Minnesota Crookston won the meet shooting a team score of 601.
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