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So far this season, Valley City High School volleyball coach Katy Van Dyke has put the emphasis on defense.
After Tuesday's 25-23, 25-8, 25-18 home loss to Fargo Shanley to open Eastern Dakota Conference play, she's expecting to change that emphasis.
Though the Hi-Liners had plenty of success digging balls and keeping them alive, they struggled at times with getting spikes to land in-bounds.
The Maple Valley Raiders volleyball team won its season and home opener to the Barnes County North Bison Thursday.
The Raiders started their season with a 3-0 win, heavily leading in points throughout the match.
Short and and out-of-bounds serves by BCN gave the Raiders some points in the first game, and a scoring streak by senior Cassie Pautz serving produced more points as BCN struggled to respond.
Maple Valley started off the first game with four points in the first couple minutes.
BCN redeemed themselves with four points, but not for long as Maple Valley scored five more.
Valley City High School's girls cross country team took first place in their division Friday in the first annual VCSU Cross Country Meet at the Valley City Town and Country Club.
Running against teams from Jamestown High School, Central Prairie and Sargent Central, the Hi-Liners ended up with 27 points, and VCHS 10th grader April Berntson took first running the 3K race with a time of 12:04.
Jamestown's Maya Moltzen came in second with a time of 12:19, and Jamestown's Rachel Morin came in third with a time of 12:30.
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.