Archive - Aug 2012 - Sports Article
As bad weather rolled into Carrington Friday night, the Valley City High School football team found itself in the rarest of circumstances â€” a cancelled football game.
With 3:53 left in the first half, VCHS coach Scott Roehrich said the game was cancelled amidst a heavy downpour and plenty of lightening in the area.
"There's nothing you can do about it," he said. "They did the right thing that night for the safety of the kids and the spectators."
Every summer, Valley City High School cross country coach Brian Englehard encourages the runners on his team to keep in shape over the summer using both the weight room and, of course, running.
This summer was no different, except for one little thing â€” the milage he recommended got bumped up a little further than the norm.
It's a change that the runners see as a good thing.
"You can see an improvement, a big improvement," said Ruth Ihry, a senior on the girls team.
"In lots of people," sophomore April Berntson adds.
In nearly every sport, there's a benefit to hosting a event.
Cross country running is no exception.
"You train on it, you get to learn it," said Valley City State University cross country coach Ken Frenette. "You're comfortable with the footing, you're comfortable with the turns.
"A lot of times, even in road races, if you don't know the course you're thinking about where you're going or you're following people, so if you know it, it just eases your mind a little bit."
Even if the season's still young, the girls on the Valley City High School volleyball team have already proven one thing â€” there isn't a bit of quit in them.
When the team opened up its non-tournament schedule with a 25-14, 25-20, 23-25, 21-25, 15-10 loss to Carrington at the Hi-Liner Activity Center, the Hi-Liners came back after losing the first two games, pushing it to a full five-game match when all was said and done.
In one of the earlier matches of Valley City High School's 9-0 loss to Grand Forks Central, the No. 1 singles team of Dustin Miller and Ricky Paulson showed its true potential.
Playing against Brenden Sailor, a returning state doubles runner-up, and Andrew Thompson, Miller and Paulson won their first set 6-4 against the duo.
"Our confidence was up, we played as a team, we believed in that first set," Valley City coach Matt Nielson said.
But from there, it was all downhill as the Hi-Liners dropped the next two sets 6-1, 6-1.
It's rare for a football game to be decided on a single play, but a match up between the Griggs/Barnes County and the Maple Valley/Enderlin Falcons is not an everyday occurrence.
An incomplete pass by the Titans sealed an 18-13 victory for MV/E in the season-opening non-regional contest on Friday in Tower City.
After the unsuccessful throw on fourth down and 11 yards from the goal line, the Falcons took a knee to run out the final 66 seconds of the game.
It was just over two years that Amy Foell Harbaugh passed away from cancer but the Valley City native and alumni of both VCHS and Valley City State University, is still fresh in the minds of local runners.
Saturday morning, Amy Wieser Willson, a friend and classmate of Harbaughâ€™s, was among those at the Sheyenne Valley Shuffle sporting an â€śAmyâ€™s Teamâ€ť t-shirt and helping raise money for a scholarship fund in her memory.
The caused finished front and center and Wieser Willson crossed the finish line at Lokken Stadium, winning the womens championship in the 10K race.
VCHS football cancelled
The Valley City High School football team will have to wait another week to start its season. Inclement weather Friday forced the Hi-Liners' season opener in Carrington to be cancelled. The Hi-Liners' season opener will now be 7 p.m. Friday at home against Dickinson Trinity.
VCHS Volleyball goes 1-5
The Valley City High School volleyball team opened its season with a 1-5 record at the Bismarck High-Century High invitational crossover tournament Friday and Saturday.
By Scott Schlaufman
When Valley City High School volleyball coach Katy Van Dyke entered the season, she set out to change things up.
From the general formula of practice to the way the team runs its 6-2 rotation, the Hi-Liners are building on familiar skills and adding a second defense to its repertoire.
"There's a lot more to what we've done in the past that we're going to do this year," Van Dyke said.
The Hi-Liners open the season today and Saturday with six matches at the Bismarck High/Bismarck Century Crossover tournament in Bismarck.
The Valley City High School boys tennis team only won a single match last year against an Eastern Dakota Conference regional opponent, but they made it count.
After going winless against regional competition last season, the team beat Fargo South 3-2 in the regional tournament play-in match
"If you're going to get one victory, that's the victory to get," coach Matt Nielson said.
Though the team eventually lost in the regional tournament, it gave the team a starting point and this year the Hi-Liners hope to continue their growth in the EDC.