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August 5th, 2014
Close, really close ‚ÄĒ no World titles this year, but a lot of fun competing for one. Wilbur Gabel and two of his grandsons, Cameron, 15, and his brother Noah, 11, all from Valley City, N.D., traveled to Hamburg, N.Y. last week to participate in this year‚Äôs 2014 National Horseshoe Pitching Association (NHPA) World Tournament.
Both Wilbur and Noah won World titles in the past.
The 40th annual Gaylen Opdahl Golf Tournament was held at the Valley City Country Club on Aug 1, the field of which included golfers from five states and Canada.
Eighty-seven golfers participated in the five-person scramble, and Dick Gulman and Ralph Hooper took the tournament.
Jan Beauchman, Jim Retterath and Nate Zerface shot 18-under-par 54s.
Second place went to Tim Sorenson and Dewey Magnuson.
Dex Manley, Matt Sorenson and Randy Earles shot 15 under par.
First place in the first flight went to Bob Bergan, Doug Bergan and Ken Dodd.
Valley City Town and Country Club held their Men‚Äôs Day on July 17 as temperatures were on the rise. The Longest Putt of the Day, sponsored by Bank Forward, went to Jamie Wirth. The Pizza Ranch Closest to the Pin contest on Hole 2 was won by Doug Bergan. TJ Hansen claimed the prize on Hole 3 for Closest Shot Outside of 50 Yards, sponsored by the Valley City Town and Country Club. Club veteran Kerry Anderson continued his fine play and won the Closest Second Shot contest on Hole 4, sponsored by Taco John‚Äôs.
Valley City 16U softball‚Äôs Northern Championship campaign concluded on Friday in Bismarck, N.D., with a five-inning 11-0 loss to Pool A‚Äôs No. 1 and to-be champion Brookings, S.D. Outlaws and a 9-3 defeat to Pool B‚Äôs No. 2 Fargo/Moorhead Blaze.
Brookings led 2-0 through an inning, 9-0 after two with the help of a three-RBI swing, and 10-0 through three. Valley City loaded the bases in the fifth but could not convert.
District 6 champion Valley City Babe Ruth‚Äôs back-and-forth State Tournament concluded Sunday with a 12-6 loss to District 2 champion Carrington after Friday‚Äôs 7-5 marquee comeback win over host District 2‚Äôs Sheyenne-New Rockford and Saturday‚Äôs hitless five-inning 19-2 drubbing at the hands of District 3 kings Park River.
State wraps up with Monday‚Äôs 1 p.m. championship game or a 3:30 p.m. title match if necessary.
If you‚Äôre here for the party, don‚Äôt leave until they throw you out, especially not until you‚Äôve taken on the eventual Class A State champion and runner-up.
Legion Post 60‚Äôs clock struck midnight over the weekend as East No. 1 and State Tournament host Wahpeton took Friday‚Äôs four-inning 10-0 quarterfinal before West No. 4 Velva turned out the lights, 15-1, in Saturday‚Äôs five-inning consolation semifinal.
The Raven/Eagles ‚ÄėDirty Birds‚Äô defeated Boomers Corner Keg, 9-2, in Monday‚Äôs quarterfinals, Captain‚Äôs Pub, 9-7, in Monday‚Äôs semifinal, and John Deere Seeding, 14-3, in Tuesday‚Äôs championship.
Valley City 16U softball endured a rough Thursday of pool play at the Northern National Championship in Bismarck, N.D., falling 14-0 in four innings to the Dakota Fury of Sioux Falls, S.D., and 12-2 to Muscoda‚Äôs Wisconsin Xplozion.
Such results, however, can serve as tune-ups for Friday‚Äôs tournament.
Upsets are unexpected for an East No. 4 seed, but Legion Post 60‚Äôs filling that demand.
Valley City, on the roll that head coach Kyle Roelfsema envisioned entering Regionals in Grafton, N.D., took down a second paper giant in as many days on Thursday at the Class A State Tournament in Wahpeton, N.D.
A day after overthrowing West No. 1 Beulah, 10-8, despite trailing 7-3 through a frame, Post 60 put up five runs in Thursday‚Äôs first to beat West No. 3 Watford City, 7-4.
East No. 4 seed Legion Post 60 opened Wednesday‚Äôs Class A State Tournament at John Randall Field in Wahpeton, N.D. in comeback fashion.
Up 3-0 halfway through the first inning and down 7-3 to end it, Post 60 reclaimed an 8-7 lead in the fifth and held on for a 10-8 upset of West No. 1 Beulah.
‚ÄúIt was frickin‚Äô awesome,‚ÄĚ said Jordan Magnuson, who batted 1-for-3 with a run, a walk and an RBI.
Post 60 takes on West No. 3 Watford City, who beat East No. 2 Grafton, 10-6, Thursday at 5 p.m., broadcasted on 1490 AM KOVC and online at newsdakota.com.