Archive - Mar 2012 - Sports Article
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.
In the Region 1 Girls Basketball Championship in Lisbon Thursday night, The Maple Valley Raiders fell to the Northern Cass Jaguars by a score of 52-63.
The matchup was for third place honors in the tournament. Standout Rylee Nudell finished with 20 points for the Raiders, and Cassie Pautz contributed 15.
The Raiders had 12 fouls and 11 turnovers in the contest.
In the Region 1 championship game, the Kindred Vikings defeated the Central Cass Squirrels 51-57.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa â€” It was hard to miss the passion that the Valley City State University womens basketball team had on the court during Thursdayâ€™s 57-51 loss to No. 3 College of the Ozarks (Mo.) in the opening round of the NAIA Division II Womens Basketball Championship at the Tyson Events Center.
At times, even the opposing team seemed surprised at the challenge the eighth-seeded and unranked Vikings put forth in a game that wasnâ€™t decided until the final two and a half minutes.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa â€” As Valley City State University womens basketball coach Jill DeVries sat in a seat Wednesday at the Tyson Events Center, it marked one of the more noticeable differences from her teamâ€™s first trip to the NAIA Division II Womens Basketball National Championship tournament.
Two rows below, the team watched Cal State San Marcos, who beat the Vikings in the A.I.I. Championship tournament, play in its opening round loss to Davenport.
â€śWeâ€™d be getting nervous right now,â€ť DeVries said.
NAIA Division II Womens
Basketball National Championship
March 7-13, 2012
Tyson Events Center, Sioux City, Iowa
No. 8 seeded Valley City State starts play Thursday at 1:45 p.m. against No. 1 seeded College of the Ozarks.
Games can be viewed for a small fee at NAIA.org.
There will be a local viewing party Thursday at the Valley City Town and Country Club, hosted by the VCSU Century Club and also at Pizza Corner.
By Scott Schlaufman
The Maple Valley High School girls basketball team had a strong fourth quarter Monday to advance to the semifinals of the Region 1 tournament in Lisbon.
The Raiders beat Milnor 64-47 in the quarterfinal game.
Maple Valley led 47-42 at the end of the third quarter, but then limited Milnor to five points in the fourth.
Rylee Nudell connected on 11-15 shots from the field and went 7-12 from the free-throw line to finish with 29 points. Cassie Pautz had 15 points.
The Raiders play Kindred tonight at 6 p.m. in the tournament semifinals.
Moore named All-American
The Valley City State University track and field team crowned an All-American at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships, which took place over the weekend at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio.
Freshman Darien Moore took fifth place in the weight throw event, placing him as an All American. He had a recorded distance of 18.87 meters in the finals, which finished him two centimeters behind the fourth place finisher.
FARGO â€” Looking back on his teamâ€™s season, Valley City High School girls basketball coach Jim McDaniel was pleased with how it went.
â€śI thought it was a great season,â€ť he said, noting the progress the team has made in recent years.
The team ended the season Friday with a 55-44 loss to Fargo Davies in the Eastern Dakota Conference regional tournament at the Fargo Civic Center. McDaniel said it was the first time the Hi-Liners advanced past the play-in game in nearly seven years.
â€śOur program is moving in the right direction,â€ť he said.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) â€” Gov. Mark Dayton, political leaders and the Minnesota Vikings unveiled a proposal Thursday to build a $975 million stadium for the team in downtown Minneapolis and called for quick action on the plan before the Legislature adjourns this spring.
The plan would put the new building nearly on top of the current Metrodome site. It calls for $398 million from the state, $150 million from the city and $427 million from the Vikings for upfront construction costs.