Archive - Sports Article
August 23rd, 2013
My name is Jake McNeal and I am your new Times-Record sports editor.
I come to Valley City from Portland, Ore., having found a great new opportunity.
But why Valley?
Because Valley City presents a new sports writing adventure, and I wanted to be the sports guy in a small town.
My wish most certainly came true.
Litchville native Tate Smith has organized the 2nd Annual Ride the Hide Bull Bash, to be followed by the Andrea "Annie" Arbuckle Memorial Shootout, on Aug. 24 in Litchville.
A street dance, sponsored by Uncle Dean's Tavern and the Bull Bash, and featuring the Dickinson-based band Outlaw Sippin', will follow the shootout. The Bull Bach will also feature a silent auction for the benefit of the Sauer family.
The late August sun hung over the northwest corner of Shelly Ellig Field for Valley City State's Red-vs.-White, open two-quarter running-clock scrimmage on Aug. 22.
Scores were left uncounted because the scrimmage was to be a showcase of Viking talent.
Freshman Kurtis Walls came in first at quarterback for the White team.
Jeremiah Komrosky, Valley City, caught an 18-pound northern "somewhere in the Sheyenne," mid June.
Komrosky, who works at Valley City State University, said as he was reeling the fish in, it felt like a log going down the river.
"As I was reeling it in, I could actually see it and as it got to the shore, it took a big leaping jump towards me," he said.
The Valley City State football team received votes in the NAIA Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll released on Monday.
The Vikings received 15 votes in the poll, dropping out of the Top 25 after being ranked No. 24 in both last year's postseason poll and this year's spring poll. VCSU is coming off a 7-3 season in 2012 and is the only team in the Dakotas that received votes in the preseason poll.Â
The Vikings will have a chance to shake up the poll when they play at top-ranked Morningside (Iowa) on Sept. 7.
Valley City State University has agreed to hire Cathy Hanek as the seventh head women's basketball coach in school history.
Hanek joins VCSU after a year as head coach at Miles Community College in Miles City, Mont. She officially takes over the Viking women's basketball program Aug. 19.
Valley City took on Shanley last night in two games of fastpitch softball, at home in Valley City. Shanley was playing with a somewhat depleted roster, and, in fact, had to borrow Haley Schnaidt from Valley City to fill out the squad.
Coach Erika Caulkins's team was all long-ball, pulling off two grand slams in the two games, plus several single- and multi-run homers. Danica Diegel was on the rubber for Valley City in game one, and with one exception threw the ball past Shanley batters.
Valley City under 18 fast pitch softball is in town tonight. They take on Shanley, at 6 p.m.
Two seven inning games were played last night instead of the scheduled seven and five inning games. Officials decided to make up a June 17, rain-out in Kindred, between Valley City Post #60 and the Kindred Legion teams.
The first game was a real pitchers' duel had. Jaden Keys was on the mound for Valley City, and F. Andel was throwing for Kindred. Andel just threw heat, occasionally mixing in a cutter, but for seven innings, he made leather pop. Keys had his curve really working last night, to the point he was buckling batters' knees with it for seven innings.
Valley City Post #60 will host Kindred, in American Legion baseball action, tonight at Charlie Brown Field, in Valley City.
It's a double-header, starting a 6 p.m., with a seven inning first game, and a five inning second game.