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ELLENDALE â As the Litchville-Marion/Montpelier volleyball team prepared for the postseason, coach Ryan Nelson decided to change things up and had his team change its coverage of the floor. But in game situations, it can take a bit for the changes to kick it.
When the Rebels opened the Class B District 5 tournament Thursday in Ellendale, there was a bit of delay as the team made the adjustments in its coverage, but once they were comfortable, even a casual observer could have noted the difference.
On the Valley City High School volleyball roster, junior Jessica Denholm is listed simply as a setter. It's not only her primary position, but one that she's plenty experienced at.
But, as Fargo South found out in the Hi-Liners' 27-25, 25-21, 25-16 win Tuesday at the Hi-Liner Activity Center, labels can be misleading.
Denholm not only put together 28 assists for Valley City but also provided seven kills and 1.5 blocks up front, six aces from the service line, and seven digs around the court.
"How about those blocks she had?" Valley City coach Katy Van Dyke said after the match.
The Valley City State University club tennis team had a shot at clinching a spot at the USTA National tournament over the weekend in Menominee, Wis., but struggled to get the wins it needed to.
The Vikings competed in the University of Wisconsin â Stout USTA Tennis-On-Campus tournament, and a win would have vaulted the team over North Dakota State University in the standings to clinch a spot for the national tournament in March.
BUFFALO â By no means are the players on Maple Valley/Enderlin "small".
But when they stood face to face with Park River/Forville-Lankin running back Chad Jelinek Saturday in Buffalo during the first round of the Division A playoffs, it sure seemed like it at times.
Jelinek, a senior, is listed at 192 pounds, but also stands at 6-foot-3-inches tall.
It was size he used to his team's advantage Saturday as he played the role of a power back, pushing the ball up the field in a 24-20 upset of the No. 1 seeded Falcons.
The way Valley City State University football coach Dennis McCulloch saw it, his team didn't have just one issue in Saturday's 13-10 home loss to Jamestown College, it had plenty.
"We had problems with the gap, and getting to the second level," McCulloch said. "We had problems with a lot of things."
The Jimmies, who lost earlier this season on their own turf, took the coveted Paint Bucket trophy back to Jamestown for the first time in four games. They hadn't won the trophy since the teams met in 2010.
As the Valley City High School cross country team waited to start its third annual Hi-Liner Challenge race at Chautauqua Park Thursday, VCHS coach Brian Engelhard took note of the weather conditions.
Compared to the warmth that filled Valley City Tuesday, Wednesday's races were run in temperatures in the mid-40s, underneath the overcast and drizzling skies that lingered throughout the day.
"Welcome to the third annual Coach Knows How To Pick 'Em Day," Engelhard told the crowd of runners and parents at the starting line.
FARGO â As the Griggs/Barnes County football team walked off the field at Shanley High School's Cichy Stadium Tuesday, the looks on the faces of the players nearly said it all.
As the Titans gave each other a hug and a handshake, seniors seemed to be holding back tears following a 47-15 loss to the Deacons in their final game of the season.
It was a loss that, though large on the scoreboard, left second-year coach Davy Zinke plenty happy as the team continued its improvements this season.
Weekend football stats
The Valley City High School football team put up over double the offense they allowed in their 40-14 win over Central Cass Thursday.
The Hi-Liners had 296 total yards of offense, 222 rushing, and allowed only 142 to the visiting Squirrels.
Anthony Olstad finished with 94 yards rushing on 18 attempts with two touchdowns. Shane Undem had 55 yards on 12 attempts. Tayler Lentz finished with three interceptions, one of which was run back for a touchdown and caught three passes for 34 yards, one for a touchdown.
TOWER CITY â As the crowd packed into Maple Valley High School for Monday night's match between the Raiders and defending champion Central Cass, The stage seemed set for a big match.
There was a packed crowd, covered in pink for breast cancer awareness month, with students and parents from both sides, and a Maple Valley team that held its own earlier this year with the Squirrels.
But Maple Valley struggled to get much momentum, which allowed Central Cass to go on big runs and get a 25-11,25-13, 25-17 win in the Raiders' last home match of the year.
ENDERLIN â During the final few drives of Fridays' 20-14 win over Oakes, Maple Valley/Enderlin football coach Brett Kapaun was okay with giving the visiting Tornadoes a few extra points, so long as the Falcons left with the win.
He told his team to simply "bend, don't break."
Though the Falcons were bent about as far as they could go, defending the end zone from their own two-yard line with 37 seconds left, they didn't break, forcing and recovering a fumble in the redzone to keep the Tornadoes from scoring what would have likely been the game-winning points.