Archive - 2012 - Sports Article
ROGERS â Of all the area basketball teams, none got a longer winter break than the Maple Valley High School boys.
Until Saturday's 66-46 win at Barnes County North, it had been nearly three weeks since the team took the floor in a 56-41 win against North Sargent Dec. 17.
So while it wasn't a picture perfect start in the first game back, the Raiders eventually settled in by the second half to run away with the win.
The Valley City High School girls basketball team had a tough start in Fridayâs 44-43 home win against Wahpeton.
Heading into halftime, the team trailed 21-18, but only one player, Jenna Jacob, had more than three points.
But in a game of momentum, it was the end that mattered.
In the final ten and a half minutes, the Hi-Liners found a rhythm offensively and kept the Huskies from getting easy points to finish with the lead.
The Valley City State University womens basketball team picked up a big A.I.I. win on the road, beating Dakota State by a 68-52 Sunday.
Three Vikings scored in double figures, led by junior Katelyn Ralston who posted a game high 15 points on 7-12 shooting from the floor. Fellow junior Courtney Titus and sophomore Brittany Lehner tallied 11 points each for the Vikings.
The Viking defense held the Lady Tâs to just 30.9 percent shooting from the floor and only 21 percent in the first half. The Vikings also forced 16 turnovers and coverted them into 18 points.
WIMBLEDON â The Barnes County North boys basketball team lost 50-49 to New Rockford-Sheyenne Thursday at home, and in dramatic fashion no less.
With the clock counting the final seconds in the fourth quarter, Rocket forward Chance LaBrie got a chance for a lay up in the paint and hit it with one second left.
While the loss stung, BCN coach Stacy Schaffer was pleased with his team's effort.
Other than a small offensive lull in the second quarter, the Bison played a close game against a similar opponent and nearly came out with the win.
WIMBLEDON â It's often said that good defense in basketball can lead to good offense.
Thursday at home against New Rockford-Sheyenne, the Barnes County North girls basketball team learned that the hard way losing 64-28.
From the moment the Bison first touched the ball, the Rockets shut them down with a man-to-man pressure defense that never let up.
"That was one thing we've struggled with this year is a full-court man," BCN coach Randy Hooey said. "The ball pressure absolutely took us out of the game,"
After a couple of cups of coffee and the usual bantering about weather at my favorite corner convenience store, a recent discussion turned to Game and Fish Department surveys.
Not the kind for which biologists annually count deer or ducks, but the kind that just about every hunter or angler receives from time to time, asking questions about harvests and days afield.
As Mari Milender prepared for her first USA Gymnastics Level 9 meet last winter, she took a minute to soak it all in.
âI started in the USAG program late so Iâve always been behind some of the girls that were younger than me,â said Milender, a senior at Valley City High School. âThe first Level 9 meet, I remember getting ready to step on the floor, Iâm like âWow. Iâm with the big dogs now. I can say Iâm a decent, good gymnast.â
âJust that realization is great after youâve worked so hard for that, it feels so good.â
The morning of his interview for the open Valley City State University cross country and track and field coach position, Ken Frenette woke up about six in the morning and took a jog.
He went around Valley City and gave him a chance to check out the campus. He instantly got a good feeling.
âIt seems like a pretty special place,â Frenette said.
Frenette was named the head coach of the teams Dec. 23 and will start working with the track teams next week.
By Preston Myers
Special to the Times-Record
Only days after the biggest tournament of the year, the Valley City High School wrestling team looked to start the new year fresh with a win against Fargo Davies Tuesday.
Unfortunately, things didnât go as planned and the Hi-Liners lost 48-30.