Archive - Feb 2013 - Sports Article
The Valley City State University men's basketball team is going to the NAIA national tournament in Missouri.
After losing to Dakota State last week in the A.I.I. semi-finals and failing to earn their way to nationals, the Vikings got their ticket punched at a random drawing today.
For more about the VCSU men's road to Missouri, read Thursday's Times-Record.
The VCSU Viking women are headed to Iowa. For the second year, the women are in the N.A.I.A. Women's National Basketball Tournament. The Vikings clinched their trip to Sioux City, IA, with a 78-66 win over Mayville State University .
Senior Courtney Titus led the Vikings with 24 points, picking up 21 of her points going an unbelievable 7-9 from the arc; she picked up her other three from the foul line.
Valley City played host to the North Dakota state gymnastics meet last weekend at the Hi-Liner Activity Center.
Dickenson took top honors in team events with Century's Wendy Perrin placing first in the all-around. In individual competition, Hi-Liner Rebekah Fisher had the team's only top-ten finish on the uneven parallel bars with a seventh-place finish.
"I'm Very, very proud of them." said Hi-Liner's head coach Dave Fisher. "Our future is pretty bright.
Youth basketball teams from around North Dakota came to Valley City Saturday for the Valley City Parks and Recreation Winter Shootout Tournament.
Boys and girls teams participated in seven divisions: fourth-grade boys and girls; boys fifth grade; boys and girls sixth grade; girls seventh grade; and boys eighth grade.
Coming in first in the girls fourth-grade division were the Firebirds of Devils Lake with six teams participating.
The first place team for sixth-grade girls were the Tigers of Dickinson with eight teams participating.
Over the last two years, Valley City High School boys basketball coach Scott Hurlimann has watched his team play numerous games where they were close, but couldn't quite put the finishing touches on an Eastern Dakota Conference win.
But Tuesday at the Hi-Liner Activity Center, the team made the hump look more like a speed bump, beating Devils Lake 74-58 in a two-point EDC game. It was the team's first conference win since the 2010-2011 season.
The way Valley City High School girls basketball coach Jim McDaniel looked at it, his team had two issues in Tuesday night's 67-46 loss to No. 2 West Fargo.
"Two tough runs," he said, referring to both an 18-0 first half run and a 16-2 run early in the second half. "Against good teams, we can't allow them to have runs like that."
Both runs had a few commonalities. One, they broke open the score to keep Valley City from getting too close. Two, they both started when West Fargo went into a full-court press.
So long and farewell
By Scott Schlaufman
A few months ago, I went up to Grafton.
It was a unique trip for many reasons. The Valley City High School football team was playing there in the semifinals of the AA playoffs, the day after a large snow storm hit the area.
The field itself had been plowed early that morning, but only the field, plus about a foot beyond, leaving the bleacher-less Valley City crowd to packed along the sidelines.
As the game went on, one of the girls from the school turns and asks me, "Scott- why aren't you cheering?"
The Valley City High School gymnastics team finished the regular season last Thursday, taking third in a meet in Jamestown.
The Hi-Liners earned their highest team score of the season despite having Sara Gilbertson, one of the team's most consistent vaulters and a strong beam performer, out with a sore ankle.
Rebekah Fisher led the way with a 35.80 All Around score and placed in all events.
Once in a while, a team will play a game in which key points are decided on free throws.
But at times in the foul-heavy second half of the Valley City State University womens basketball team's 64-58 win over South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Saturday at W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse, the charity stripe seemed to be the primary method of scoring.
The two teams combined for 45 free throw attempts in the half alone, with the Vikings getting 18 of their 33 second-half points at the line.
VCHS EDC Meet Results
1. West Fargo 302; 2. Davies 189.5; 3. Red River 187; 4. Fargo North 141; 5. Wahpeton 139; 6. Valley City 136; 7. GF Central 123; 8. Fargo South 102; 9. Devils Lake 62.