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August 13th, 2012
It's 9 a.m. Saturday, and, for the most part, Valley City is a quiet place.
Except, that is, on the practice field at Hanna Field, where the silence of the morning is broken by the sounds of whistles and shoulder pads making contact at full speed. A reminder that football season isn't far off.
Saturday's practice ended the first week of training for the Valley City High School football team, which has been running two-a-days since starting practice Wednesday.
When the Valley City State University football team takes the field for its first game later this month, freshman wide receiver Alex Cundiff seemingly has one less thing to worry about.
Unlike his teammates, he's already gotten a win this fall on Shelly Ellig Field at Lokken Stadium.
With only days until the first ever flag football game between the Valley City State University football team and the Barnes County Sheriff's Deputy Reserves, coaches Ryan Cunningham and J. Reed Anderson are starting to feel the excitement.
"This is always fun to do things like this," Cunningham said Monday.
Cunningham, sports director at KOVC, will be coaching a team of Viking freshmen while Anderson, publisher of the Times-Record, helms the Deputies.
The game, a fundraiser for the Deputy Reserves, will be played at 7 p.m. Thursday at Lokken Stadium on the VCSU campus. Admission is $5.
FARGO â€” The North Dakota State University football team finished the 2011 season on the best note imaginable when it beat Sam Houston State 17-6 to win its first national championship since moving to the NCAA Division 1 Football Championship Subdivision.
It was a win that meant plenty to then-sophomore wide receiver Ryan Smith, a Wahpeton native who grew up watching the Bison.
FARGO â€” When the North Dakota State University football team returned to camp last week, there was a noticeable change to the team's familiar digs.
Gate City Bank Field at The Fargodome is now sporting a brand new Astroturf GameDay Grass 3DH Stadium Surfacing football field turf surface, replacing old turf from years' past.
"It's going to be a great, great surface for us," NDSU football coach Craig Bohl said at the team's annual media day Friday. "It was about time we made a change and we appreciate the leadership in our community doing that."
Fall sports first practice informationâ€¨With the school year approaching, Valley City Junior/Senior High School's fall athletic teams will soon have their first official practices of the fall season. The complete list of practice dates and picture dates are below.â€¨The school is also hosting a parent meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Hi-Liner Activity Center for all athletes and parents in grades 9-12. Team meetings will directly follow the general meeting.
Shane Ost had plenty of successes as a member of the Valley City High School golf team, posting the top score at the 2010 Class B Region 1 tournament as he helped lead the Hi-Liners to the Class B state championship that year.
It's talent that will be coming back to Valley City.
Ost, a 2011 graduate of VCHS, signed a letter of intent Tuesday to attend Valley City State University and join the Viking golf team.
VC Extreme Struggles at National Tournament
The Valley City Extreme 16U softball team will try to avoid elimination today after losing its first three games at the Northern Nationals tournament in Greenfield, Wisc.
Valley City started the tournament with a 6-0 loss to the Greenfield Ignitors Wednesday. In the game Valley City had six runners stranded, five in scoring position.
By Scott Schlaufman
After losing eight straight games to start the season, it would have been seemingly easy to write off the Valley City Post 60 American Legion baseball team.
But Saturday in Lidgerwood, the team finished second in the Section 1 tournament with a 28-1 loss to Wahpeton in the championship game.
"We started season 0-8 and not a lot of people expected us to be in this championship game, and we made a run and we got here," Valley City coach Jason Beilke said.
LIDGERWOOD, N.D. â€” Prior to Thursday, it had been awhile since the Valley City Post 60 American Legion baseball team had to hit off Wahpeton pitcher Jeremy Bontjes. By Post 60 coach Jason Beilke's count, It had been roughly two years since he pitched against Valley City at the Sectional tournament in 2010.
So much for getting reacquainted.
Bontjes threw a no hitter in Wahpeton's 11-0, five inning win over Post 60 in the semifinals of the Section 1 tournament in Lidgerwood.