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April 16th, 2012
Valley City High School senior Paul Viland only has a certain amount of focus on the state track and field meet this early in the season.
Heâ€™ll likely make the cut sooner or later.
Instead, the pole vaulter has a number on his mind â€” 13 feet, 4 inches.
â€śThat will break the school record by an inch,â€ť he said.
Itâ€™s the ultimate goal for the senior, who picked up pole vaulting in middle school and is continually breaking his personal best in the event.
VCHS baseball loses
The Valley City State University baseball team lost a double header Tuesday at home to West Fargo.
The Hi-Liners lost 16-0 and 19-1. The team had no hits in the first game, but had one run on three hits in the second game.
VCHS softball loses
The Hi-Liner softball team was no-hit on the road Tuesday in a 10-0 loss in five innings to West Fargo.
Valley City kept it close early, trailing only 4-0 after the third inning, but the Packers put it away with five runs in the fifth inning. The offense was hitless, drawing one walk.
With a big four-game series against Jamestown coming up this weekend, the Valley City State University baseball team used a different pitching strategy than it normally would in a double header sweep to NCAA Division II Northern (S.D.) State University.
Instead of starting one guy and keeping him in as long as possible, the team constantly rotated pitchers, splitting the 14 total innings amongst 10 different pitchers. None stayed in longer than two innings.
When Valley City High School runner Ruth Ihry started with the schoolâ€™s track and field team, she wasnâ€™t much for distance.
â€śShe used to be a sprinter,â€ť her teammate, Allyson Suhr, said with a friendly, if not slightly accusatory tone. â€śWe converted her.â€ť
Asked why, Ihry thinks for a minute.
â€śAll my friends,â€ť Ihry said.
Now, Ihry has become one of the numerous distance runners on a team that has plenty of depth in the area.
The Valley Twisters gymnastics team improved on an already great season earlier this month at the USA Gymnastics state championships in Bismarck.
Over 200 gymnasts from all across the state competed in the three-day meet.
The team was lead by Taylor Johnson, a Level 8 gymnast, who rejoined the Twisters after her first season in high school gymnastics. She placed second on the floor with a 9.225 and took third in the beam. She also placed sixth on the bars and eighth on the vault. Her all around score of 34.150 was good for sixth place and also qualified her for the 2012
The Valley Twisters gymnastics club has started the search for a new head coach and executive director deciding to part ways with Jon Liardi Monday night.
"The long-term best interest, with respect to safety of students and growth of program, wasn't to have him on board as a coach and director," President Bobby Koepplin said Tuesday.
Liardi said he was asked Wednesday morning to turn in a letter of resignation, though he was unsure whether he would.
JAMESTOWN â€” Suffice to say, the Valley City baseball team hasnâ€™t had the smoothest start to its season.
For one, the team currently has a handful of ineligible players, leaving only nine players to fill out the roster.
The result is nine guys, some playing out of position, who are forced to take all the at-bats, pitch all the innings and hold down the fort until some of the missing pieces are eligible later this month.
FARGO, N.D.--Linebacker Grant Olson had a pick six and running back Matt Jones turned some heads during North Dakota State footballâ€™s controlled 60-play scrimmage played on a blustery Saturday, April 7, on Dacotah Field.
NDSU football moved into the second half of spring practice with an uptempo scrimmage that featured a little bit of everything.
On the second play of the scrimmage, Olson, a 6-foot, 226-pound junior from Plymouth, Minnesota (Wayzata H.S.), stepped in front of the intended receiver in the left flat and raced 40 yards into the end zone with the early score.
VCSU baseball splits with Dickinson
The Valley City State University baseball team split its double header with Dickinson State Friday, finishing the series at 2-2.
The Vikings lost the first game of the double header 1-0 in seven innings, and won the second 12-8 in nine innings.
The first game was pitchers dual, as the Vikings got another strong performance from Derek Zitzow, who allowed only four hits.
Defensively, the Vikings had three errors, including one in the sixth inning that allowed Dickinson outfielder Jacob Muir to reach base and later score the only run of the game.
For the Valley City State University softball team, the final game of a four game series against Dickinson State was a bit refreshing.
After scoring no runs in the first three games of the series, including a 4-0 loss earlier Friday, the Vikings finally started producing runs, held a short lead, and nearly overcame a three-run deficit in the top of the seventh inning.
But a game-ending grounder by Hayley Bevan dashed the Vikingsâ€™ hope for a win and gave Dickinson the series sweep, ending the game with an 8-7 final score.