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Things didnât go as well as the Valley City State University mens basketball team would have liked in the final three games of the regular season.
After losing only six of their first 26 games, the Vikings finished the season with three straight losses to Jamestown College, Dickinson State University and Mayville State University.
But with the Association of Independent Institutions conference tournament this weekend, the losses are a thing of the past.
With two crucial games coming up this week, Fridayâs 65-34 win over
Lisbon gave the Valley City High School girls basketball team a nice
break from the rigors of Eastern Dakota Conference play.
âThis gives us a kind of a new start to the season and our momentum
can build from here,â said Valley City coach Jim McDaniel. âWe canât falter anymore.â
So even though the real test will be the teamâs final two games next week
â Tuesday against Fargo Shanley and Thursday against Devils Lake â the
Hi-Liners enjoyed a night against Class B competition.
By Scott Schlaufman
BISMARCK â Brandon Larsonâs 16-0 tech fall win over West
Fargoâs Drew Johnston wasnât the quickest match heâs had all year.
Heck, a week earlier the senior finished Johnson off in the first
But the final time the two squared off this season was for
the 195-pound state championship, so it wasnât about how fast
the win was, it was simply that it got done.
After the referee gave Larson his final three points to clinch
the tech fall in the third round at the Bismarck Civic Center, he
Even before the NDHSAA State Wrestling Tournament started Thursday at the Bismarck Civic Center, Valley City High School senior Brandon Larson could make a case for his place among the top grapplers in school history.
âHe holds school records for most takedowns, most wins, most pins, most everything,â Aaron Larson, Brandonâs father and VCHS coach said earlier this week. âHeâs probably the best wrestler the schoolâs ever had.â
But for all that Brandon has accomplished, his drive for his last tournament as a Hi-Liner this weekend is based on what he hasnât done â win a state championship.
With a spot in the Association of Independent Institutions conference tournament on the line in the last two games of the year, Valley City State University coach Jill DeVries entered Wednesday's game against Dickinson State University hoping to see a little fire from her team.
Although the Vikings showed sparks early in the first half, it wasn't until the second half that those sparks turned into something real, erupting into a 34-3 run in the second half, which gave the Vikings a 77-51 win.
Valley City State University mens basketball coach Jeff Kaminsky didn't have many problem's with his team's efforts trying to make up a large deficit in the second half of Wednesday's 74-65 home loss to Dickinson State University.
What bothered him was that his team trailed 38-20 at the end of the first half.
"We allowed a team that was basically playing a very saggy defense to dictate the tempo and slow us down," Kaminsky said. "We changed that in the second half, but it shouldn't take halftime to do that. That's what disappointed me.
When the Valley City State University baseball and softball teams take the field in late February or early March for their first games of the year, their coaches generally don't expect perfection in the field.
It's simple reasoning â typically the teams are stuck indoors due to winter weather and it isn't until just before those first games that players get to see live fly balls and ground balls.
"Those first games outside have always been a bit of a challenge for us," said VCSU baseball coach Casey Olney. "There's just things you can't really work on in the gym."
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Vikings given player of the week awards
Valley City State University basketball players Sekani Milligen and Alyssa Hummel were named the Dakota Athletic Conference Players of the Week Monday.
Milligen played a key role in the Vikings' wins over then-No. 7 Jamestown College Wednesday and Mayville State Saturday.
On the road against the rival Jimmies he led both teams with 26 points and went 9-11 at the free throw line. He then scored 22 against Mayville, which included four 3-pointers and five rebounds.
With the season down to its final few games, Valley City State University mens basketball coach Jeff Kaminsky knows his team is hungry to achieve its ultimate goal â a berth in the NAIA Division II national tournament.
So at halftime of Saturdayâs 73-48 win over Dakota Athletic Conference opponent Mayville State University at W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse, he had no problem reminding the Vikings just what they were playing for.
The Valley City High School boys basketball team
seemed on the verge of its first Eastern Dakota Conference
Chase Carpenter closed out the first half of the
weekend opening game against Grand Forks Central
with a 3-pointer and the team carried the momentum
into the first six minutes of the second half to take a
39-36 lead with 12 minutes left.
But as quickly as the Hi-Liners got the lead, it
disappeared over the next seven minutes as the visiting
Knights went on a run to go up 12 points, which
the Hi-Liners couldnât make up in the 64-53 loss.