Archive - May 2012 - Sports Article
In the first inning of their 11-2 loss to West Fargo Tuesday at the Valley City State University softball complex, the girls of the Valley City High School softball team were almost too eager to be taking on the top team in the Eastern Dakota Conference.
From the get-go the Hi-Liners were leaping for liners, diving for shallow flies, but without much luck.
It wasnâ€™t until they settled down that things started working.
â€śConfidence is all we need to work on,â€ť said Valley City assistant coach Erika Calkins. â€śWeâ€™re starting to get there and weâ€™re starting to improve.â€ť
Photo by Deb Beilke/Special to the Times-Record
April Berntson was among the top finishers for Valley City High School at the Packer Relays Friday in West Fargo. Berntson took sixth in the 1,600 as the Hi-Liner girls took 11th of the 13 teams at the meet with five points. The Hi-Liner boys did not score at the meet.
The West Fargo High School softball team is, simply, among the elite softball teams locally.
"They're pretty much undefeated in North Dakota for two years now, at least," Valley City High School coach Jason Lindgren. "I bet they don't have five losses all together in those two years."
It's a record that could strike fear into many opponents, but will be a welcome challenge against the Hi-Liners Tuesday when the teams play a one-point game at 4:30 p.m. at the Valley City State University softball complex.
With plenty of games played in a short time, tournaments have a way of testing teams.
So by the end of the Valley City Junior High Invitational softball tournament, the hosting Hi-Liners were simply drained.
â€śWe played right away at 9 a.m., then we had an hour off,â€ť Valley City coach Lucas Potter said. â€śAfter that it was one game we won, another game we won, so by the time that third game hits, what are you going to do?â€ť
Photo Stacy Wendel/Special to the Times-Record
The Valley City State University softball team finished the season with the second highest win total in program history, and Wednesday, some of the teamâ€™s key players received individual recognition for their efforts throughout the year.
VCSU seniors Katie McBride, Jane Pettit and Cyndi Figol, along with junior Adrianna Boychuk, were named to the Dakota Athletic Conference All-Conference team.
The Valley City junior varsity track teams were in Fargo Thursday for the Davies Junior Varsity Invitational.
The boys finished in fifth place at the meet and the girls took third.
The only Hi-Liner to win an event was Tia Wagar, who won the 3,200 meter relay, but the team also had success from Barbra Zubrod, who took second place in the 800 and 1,600 meter runs; Jamie Ronning, who took third in the 800, and the 4x100 relay team, which took third.
In a doubleheader split with Fargo South Thursday, the Valley City Junior High baseball team had plenty of reasons it could have gotten down on itself.
For one, until the Hi-Liners had a walk-off hit to win the first game 4-3 in six innings, they never held a lead.
Then, in the second game, the team allowed six runs in the top of the first inning.
But in both situations, the Hi-Liners simply kept swinging the bat, playing defense, and generally having fun.
The result were two close games â€” a 5-3 win in six innings, and a 9-6 loss.
Valley City was well-represented at the North Country Region Junior Olympic Volleyball Championships last weekend in Jamestown. Valley Cityâ€™s 14U team lost its opening matches to Mandan and the Bismarck-based ND Premier, but beat North Fargo and Jamestown to win the Bronze Division championship. The team, which includes players from both the Valley City and Barnes County North school districts, wraps up its season this weekend and has medaled in three of five tournaments.
The Valley City High School girls basketball team honored its standout performers April 22. Pictured are (back) Megan McDaniel, Amanda Tangen, Allyson Suhr, Jenna Jacob; and (front) Clarissa Olson, Jessica Denholm and Tori Enstad. Suhr led the team with four awards, including MVP (voted on by the team) and for leading the team in points, rebounds, and blocks. Jacob won the Hi-Liner Coaches award and led the team in steals. McDaniel led the Hi-Liners in assists, Enstad led the team in free throw percentage.