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September 13th, 2012
Jansen Invite story
by Scott Schlaufman
Every year, the Valley City High School cross country team hosts the Bill Jansen Invitational meet, and one thing never changes â€” the size.
"It's generally bigger than most of them," Valley City cross country coach Brian Engelhard said.
This year's race takes place 11 a.m. Saturday at the Bjornson Park Golf Course.
Over 500 runners from 30 schools across the state are signed up to race in the event, which runs junior high and junior varsity races as well.
MONTPELIER, N.D. â€” With only a handful of players with significant varsity experience and five with no varsity experience entering the season, it'd be easy to dismiss the Litchville-Marion/Montpelier volleyball team.
But even with an 0-10 record, it's a team that first-year coach Ryan Nelson believes the girls are onto something, even if the record isn't showing it.
"To come out the way we are playing, it's awesome," Nelson said. "We don't have a win yet, but we've gone four sets a couple of times now with teams that are supposed to be top dogs in our district.
During Tuesday night's regular Valley City School Board meeting, Val Moritz spoke of the joy she's experienced watching baseball games at Charlie Brown Memorial Field.
"You talk about a piece of Americana," said Moritz, a member of the school board. "Sitting up there watching a baseball game on a summer night and a train goes over the Hi-Line Bridge â€” it doesn't get any better than that."
9-13 local digest
NDOA Names HOF Inductees
The North Dakota Officials Association (NDOA) announces the inductees to the 2012-13 Hall ofFame as determined at its recent Board of Directors Meeting.Â The inductees will be recognized and receive awards at various North Dakota High School Activities Association (NDHSAA) events during the 2012-13 school year.
TOWER CITY â€” When putting a team together, it never hurts to have options.
And so far this season, the Maple Valley High School volleyball team seems like it has plenty when it comes to its offense.
In the Raiders' 25-17, 25-18, 25-10 home win over Sargent Central Tuesday night, the girls kept the visiting Cadets off guard all night with a dizzying array of hitters that kept the pressure up, even as the lineup rotated through.
9-12 local digest
VCSU's Eliacin Awarded
Valley City State University football player was named the Association of Independent Institutions Male Athlete of the Week, the conference announced Monday.
Eliacin, a tight end, had four catches in the Vikings' win over Mayville State Saturday. In those four receptions he had two touchdowns (one for 67 yards and one for 52 yards) and 127 total yards.
VCSU Drops to No. 21
After splitting their first two games of the season, the VCSU football team dropped to No. 21 in the NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Poll, which was released Monday.
The last two seasons weren't always easy on the Valley City High School boys tennis team but, so far, this year's Hi-Liners are making progress.
With a pair of home wins against Wahpeton and Dickinson Saturday, the team has won more matches this year than it did the last two.
"Overall, this was a big day for us," Hi-Liner coach Matt Nielson said. "We did not win a match two years ago. Last year, we won only one match, the play-in match to make it to regionals. In one day, we eclipsed the number of wins in our two previous seasons."
The Valley City High School cross country team had two runners place in the top-25 of the Fargo North's Spartan Duals Challenge, which took place Saturday at Johnson Park in Moorhead, Minn.
April Berntson led the Hi-Liner girls with a 10th place finish in the girls varsity 4K race, and Casey Engelhard took 25th in the boys varsity 5K race. Jamie Ronning narrowly missed a top-25 finish, taking 26th in the varsity girls race.
Varsity Girls 4K
10. April Berntson, 16:10; 26. Jamie Ronning, 17:27; 27. Barbara Zubrod, 17:31; 36. Jessica Ronning, 18:12; 41. Aislinn Fogarty, 20:12.
When the Valley City State University football team beat Mayville State University last year, the Vikings had a bit of trouble stopping the Comets' option-based offensive attack, allowing 254 rushing yards.
What a difference a year makes.
When the teams played again Saturday in VCSU's home opener on Shelley Ellig Field at Lokken Stadium, the Vikings won again, 38-13.
All afternoon long, the defense consistently stopped the rushing attack, limiting Mayville to 140 yards of offense and only 90 from the ground.
Turnovers never help an offense, but Friday night, they seemed to hurt the Valley City High School football team a little more than normal.
After finishing the first half of their 22-16 home loss to Wahpeton with an eight point lead, the Hi-Liners struggled to find offensive momentum. And when they found bits of momentum, they were cut short by late turnovers that gave possession back to the Huskies.
"Turnovers killed us tonight, they really did," Valley City coach Scott Roehrich said.
The total for the second half was only three, but all came at crucial points.