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May 6th, 2014
Valley City State senior Brittany Lehner is the North Star Athletic Association Player of the Year, first-year head coach Elle Fracker is the Coach of the Year, and four more Vikings were named All-Conference, the NSAA announced Monday.
Lehner, of Watertown, S.D., led regular season conference champion Valley City State with a .382 batting average, six home runs, 27 RBIs, a .629 slugging percentage and a .409 on-base percentage. Lehner is also an All-Conference at-large player.
Fracker led the Vikings to a 10-2 conference record and their first conference championship since 1990.
Hi-Liner girls tennis finished April 24â€™s weather-abbreviated match against Wahpeton 8-1 at West Fargo on Tuesday, then crossed town to take out Fargo North, 7-2.
â€śWe finished off the Wahpeton match very well,â€ť Valley City coach Matthew Nielson said. â€śThe Doubles came out and dominated the rest of their matches and we rolled right into Singles, where we took care of business. Doubles is definitely our strong suit, as we have not lost a Doubles match against the No. 4-through-No. 9-ranked teams in the EDC.â€ť
Read this story in Wednesday's Times-Record.
Hi-Liner softball endured West Fargoâ€™s 10-run fourth inning in Tuesdayâ€™s 15-3 opening defeat, then tightened up the defense but fell 7-1 in game two.
â€śI was glad that, in the second game, we didnâ€™t just fall apart,â€ť Valley City head coach Jason Lindgren said. â€śWe could have come back and fallen apart and given up 10 or 11 runs in the second one, too, but we didnâ€™t ... the top of the orderâ€™s got to start hitting â€” theyâ€™re the ones you count on, and thatâ€™s why theyâ€™re in the top of the order â€” and they havenâ€™t done that for the last couple games.â€ť
Hi-Liner baseball suffered a five-inning, 17-0 no-hitter loss at West Fargo in Thursdayâ€™s opener, then managed three hits in the follow-up 7-0 defeat.
Friday opened with a five-inning, 11-1 defeat at Fargo Davies followed by an 11-0 five-inning no-hitter loss to Eagle senior Andrew Lein.
Read this story in Tuesday's Times-Record.
Valley City State menâ€™s golf took eighth place in April 26 and 27â€™s MCAC/North Star Conference Championship meet in Nebraska.
Menâ€™s teams played 36 holes on April 26â€™s Day 1 before April 27â€™s scheduled third round was canceled due to rain. The Vikings shot a 337 in the first round, then improved by 20 shots with a 317 in the second round.
Valley City State senior third base Liz Hall-Sewell is the North Star Athletic Association Softball Player of the Week, the NSAA announced Monday.
Hall Sewell, of North Pole, Alaska, completed her Viking career on 5-for-7 batting with a double and a pair of two-run home runs in Valley City Stateâ€™s three-game North Star/Frontier Conference Postseason Tournament stretch. Hall Sewell drove in four runs, drew four walks and batted .714 with a slugging percentage of 1.714 in the tournament.
Hi-Liner track and field set 20 new personal bests and placed in three events at Fridayâ€™s Packer Relays Invitational in West Fargo.
â€śIt was a good meet for a lot of kids,â€ť Valley City head coach Trevor Bakalar said. â€śI knew we had a few [personal bests], but I didnâ€™t think so many. The older kids were gone for the New York Trip, so we went with sophomores and juniors. Itâ€™s a real indication of where we may fit for Regionals [May 17 at Cushman Field in Grand Forks, N.D.]: where can we get personal bests, where can they best qualify, and where can they help us out the most?â€ť
Valley City State softball, the No. 2 seed and North Star Athletic Association champion, opened the North Star/Frontier Conference Postseason Tournament in Jamestown with Fridayâ€™s 13-9 win over No. 5 Presentation and Friday afternoonâ€™s 3-0 loss to No. 4 Great Falls (Mont.) before falling 3-2 in Saturdayâ€™s elimination game to No. 6 Dakota State.
Read this story in Monday's Times-Record.
No. 3 seed Viking baseballâ€™s North Star-Frontier Conference Baseball Tournament run came to an end with Sundayâ€™s 8-2 loss to No. 5 Dickinson State that followed Saturdayâ€™s 20-3 loss to No. 2 Mayville State and Friday nightâ€™s 11th-inning 8-7 walkoff win against No. 4 Dakota State.
Read this story in Monday's Times-Record.
Hi-Liner junior Jared Lentz tied for sixth place with an 82 and Valley City took seventh with a 363 at Thursdayâ€™s 10-team Eastern Dakota Conference meet at Grand Forks Country Club.
Valley City sophomore Collin Hoss shot a 92, freshman Levi Nix a 93, freshman Drew Oberlander a 96, senior Dustin Miller a 97 and junior Ian Schweitzer a 102.
West Fargo finished first with a 319, and Packer freshman Cole Johnson took first in individual competition at 76.