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June 24th, 2012
Thereâ€™s quite an age difference between long-time Valley City resident Jacquette â€śKettaâ€ť Stricklin, 84, her grandson, Ty Buttrey, a recent high school graduate in North Carolina.
Besides genetics, the two have at least one thing in common â€” an uncanny ability on the diamond.
Stricklin celebrates her 85th birthday Saturday, and Ty Buttrey will be among those making the trip up to celebrate.
The Valley City Post 60 American Legion baseball team plays plenty of double headers throughout its season, but Thursdayâ€™s home games at Charlie Brown Memorial Field had a slight twist on the formula.
Rather than playing one opponent twice, Post 60 beat Great Bend 6-2, then immediately played Wahpeton in a 12-0 loss.
â€śItâ€™s kind of like playing in a tournament,â€ť said Valley City coach Jason Beilke. â€śItâ€™s two games in a row with two different teams.â€ť
The two games, both of which were rescheduled from earlier in the season, ended up being played differently.
Post 60 games starting earlier
After having games with Wahpeton and Enderlin postponed earlier this week, the Valley City Post 60 American Legion baseball team will resume its season today with a double header against Great Bend.
The double header was rescheduled from June 7. The first game is scheduled for a 4 p.m. start with game two set for 6 p.m.
Post 60 also plays Friday at 5:30 p.m. against Galchutt.
Babe Ruth splits double header
The Valley City Babe Ruth baseball team split a double header in LaMoure Tuesday.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) â€” Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman says they have no interest in trading star receiver Percy Harvin.
Spielman spoke Wednesday afternoon a few hours after word spread that Harvin had requested a trade. Harvin lashed out Tuesday, saying he was unhappy with several issues on the team, but did not specify what was bothering him.
Harvin has two years left on his rookie contract. He was at the Vikings' mandatory minicamp practice Wednesday morning but did not speak to reporters.
Wondering what topic to write about this week, I found myself sitting around a campfire at a friendâ€™s lake cabin Friday night. As the twelve of us visited and bounced from topic to topic, the mood was very laid back, as you would expect from a weekend at the cabin. And then one personâ€™s name was brought up, causing the calm, laid back chatter to suddenly turn serious and defensive.
That name was LeBron James.
The Valley City Babe Ruth baseball team didnâ€™t necessarily play badly in its final game of the annual Pizza Corner Classic.
The problem in its 10-0 loss to Steele afternoon was that a few unlucky breaks added up and left the team with a 6th place finish in its own tournament.
The two-day tournament wrapped up Sunday at Charlie Brown Memorial Field and featured teams from southwestern North Dakota.
â€śWe had a snowball effect,â€ť said coach Lance Lukes. â€śWe made a mistake, we made another one after that, and it led to a big inning for them.â€ť
Post 60 begins week of league play
The Valley City Post 60 baseball team kicks off a week full of Section 1 play with a home game today against Enderlin at 5:30 p.m. at Charlie Brown Memorial Field.
Post 60 has home games this week with Wahpeton Wednesday, Great Bend Thursday, and Galchutt Friday. All have a 5:30 p.m. start.
Local golfer hits hole-in-one
Former Valley City High School basketball standout Kami Anderson has accomplished plenty since graduating in 1984.
She eventually took her skills to the prestigious Stanford University, where she remains the 18th highest scorer in school history, and today still holds Class A state tournament records for most points in a game (47), most free throws in a game (17) and most field goals in a game (17).
Bill Jansen Road Race
Hi-Line Park, 8 a.m.
5K, 10K, Mile races all available. Cost is $5 for the mile, $10 to walk and $20 for an individual race. Registration is Saturday at 7 a.m.
VCHS Alumni basketball game
City Auditorium, 4 p.m.
Some of Valley Cityâ€™s top players from years past return home for a hoops game and pep rally. Admission is $3 and will benefit the Hi-Liner Booster Club.
Pizza Corner Classic
Charlie Brown Memorial Field
The Valley City Post 60 American Legion baseball team tried plenty of different players on the pitcherâ€™s mound in Thursdayâ€™s double header losses to Kindred.
But no matter who was there, the problem was virtually the same â€” the pitchers struggled to find early strikes and later walked batters after falling behind in counts.
â€śLeading with the strike and getting ahead right away is big in baseball,â€ť coach Jason Beilke said. â€śWhen youâ€™re ahead 0-1, itâ€™s a lot easier than being behind 1-0.â€ť