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September 8th, 2014
Valley City Baseball Association and the Valley City High School athletic department announce the hiring of Jerry Bennefeld as Hi-Liner head varsity baseball coach.
Bennefeld played baseball for Waubonsee Junior College in Sugar Grove, Ill., and the University of Minnesota, Crookston.
Bennefeld has past experience coaching youth at all levels and works as an insurance agent for American Family Insurance in Valley City.
Bennefeld, his wife Kelly and their two children have resided in Valley City since 2004.
Saturday was a great day to run for the Hi-Liners! Casey Engelhard celebrated his 18th birthday with his best performance of the season, finishing third out of 81 runners. He was in about 10th midway through the race, and then found another gear and picked off runners one by one with a strong finish.
Hanna Field is Devin Andersonâ€™s world, and we are all witnesses to the Hi-Liner show.
Anderson ran for two touchdowns, snagged two third-quarter interceptions and returned one of them for six in Valley City junior varsityâ€™s 36-8 Monday night trouncing of Maple Valley/Enderlin.
â€śOur line stepped up big, and we had Jake Hovland back from a concussion,â€ť said Hi-Liner coach Aaron Heck of the Hi-Liners returning to strength in continuation of last yearâ€™s 8-0 season.
Life is about making the most of your chances.
Trailing Dickinson Trinity 26-18 with 1:57 to play, AA No. 4 Valley City pulled off a 64-yard tying touchdown drive, capped by Nate Rodriguezâ€™s one-yard touchdown and John Halgrimsonâ€™s two-point right-side end-around with 1:09 left to force overtime.
Jared Lentz recovered a Titan fumble in the extra frame and scored on a one-yard keeper to seal Fridayâ€™s Parents and National Guard Night win.
Valley City faced all-State talent-laden West Fargo in Thursdayâ€™s 7-2 road loss, but such a challenge is just what a youthful team needs.
â€śMany positives today,â€ť Valley City head coach Matt Nielson said. â€śWe focused on footwork yesterday and we were better today. We preached location on our shots and the players responded. The three pillars were not upheld to our high standard on Tuesday [a 7-2 home win against Wahpeton], but they were today.â€ť
Dalton Ondracek lost to Brady Ballweber, 6-2, 6-0.
Brandon Miller lost to Kayan Farahmand, 6-0, 6-1.
Enderlin and Litchville-Marion/Montpelier traded points early and often in Thursdayâ€™s first two sets in Montpelier, N.D., but, despite Rhandi Larsonâ€™s eight digs and three kills, Eagle power prevailed in a 3-0 (25-22, 25-10, 25-13) win.
Jacey Alber and Morgan Smith spiked three kills, Cheyanne Elsner two.
Caitlin Miedema and Tierra Velure swooped for six digs, Elsner five, Alber and Morgan Gentzkow four, Danielle Eichele and Smith two.
Gentzkow hustled for four assists, Alber two, Elsner and Velure another each.
Elsner and Alber also came up with a block and an ace each.
A long touchdown pass in the final minutes at Lokken Stadium in Valley City on Thursday night gave the Barnes County Deputies a 49-47 win against the Valley City State Vikings, the Deputiesâ€™ third triumph in as many years.
â€śThey used my strategy of putting every player on the field at once, so they won,â€ť said Deputies coach J. Reed Anderson, a veritable leviathan in a sea of football knowledge. â€ś[Viking coach and 1490 AM KOVC AM general manager] Tim Ost is wondering if heâ€™ll ever win one.â€ť
Hi-Liner miscues and Arlana Prostâ€™s 14 digs and six kills powered visiting Fargo Davies over Valley City, 3-0 (25-15, 25-10, 25-12), in Tuesday nightâ€™s Eastern Dakota Conference opener.
Davies led 11-7 and 22-15 in the first set, and the second set carried the trend with an early 12-4 Eagle lead.
Read this story in Wednesday's Times-Record.
Valley Cityâ€™s first win of the season, Tuesdayâ€™s 7-2 home defeat of Wahpeton, will really help them feel at home when Regionals rolls around.
â€śAfter a strong showing in Doubles, the Singles had me worried,â€ť Hi-Liner head coach Matt Nielson said. â€śNo. 1 and No. 3 Singles were both blowouts, but every other match had spots where the match could go either way. This is a big win for us as it gives us an opportunity to get out of the play-in match and guarantees us home court advantage in case we are in the play-in match.â€ť
Dalton Ondracek beat Kylar Jawaski, 6-1, 6-2.
Dalton Ondracek picked up a Singles win before he and Brandon Miller scored a Doubles win in Thursdayâ€™s non-conference trip to Jamestown, but the Blue Jays took the match, 7-2.
â€śWe have three new players to tennis this year who are playing Varsity: Riley Miller, Collin White and Hunter Burchill,â€ť Valley City head coach Matt Nielson said. â€ś[In] each match, these three played their best match to date. Iâ€™m impressed with all threeâ€™s attitudes, coachability and belief that they can win the next point.â€ť
Read this story in Tuesday's Times-Record.