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August 16th, 2012
Valley City Merchants Win State Championship
The Valley City Merchants won the menâ€™s slow pitch softball Division III (Class D) State Tournament this past weekend in Fargo. The Merchants went 5-0 and allowed only 6 runs in the tournament to win the state title.
They opened the the tournament Saturday by defeating Industrial Electric of Dickinson 10-0, and followed it with a 12-0 win over the Kensal Merchants.
Valley City closed out Saturday with a 5-1 win over Zimney Oil Field Services of Minot 5-1.
When the Barnes County Sheriff's Deputies and the Valley City State University freshmen played in the first annual Vikings vs. Deputies touch football game on Shelly Ellig Field at Lokken Stadium, it wasn't just the VCSU players making their public debut.
On the west end of the field, a video screen above the scoreboard lit up and spent the night displaying graphics as touchdowns were scored, interceptions caught, and big plays were made.
The Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway know is a beautiful place and every year, the Sheyenne Valley Shuffle gives runners a chance to see that beauty up close.
"That's what we talk about with the runners when they go on the bus," said race director Mary Lee Nielson. "They talk about the byway."
But this year, the race is changing its format and will give runners a chance to see a different stretch of the byway than in previous years.
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.