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February 7th, 2012
When the Valley City State University baseball and softball teams take the field in late February or early March for their first games of the year, their coaches generally don't expect perfection in the field.
It's simple reasoning â€” typically the teams are stuck indoors due to winter weather and it isn't until just before those first games that players get to see live fly balls and ground balls.
"Those first games outside have always been a bit of a challenge for us," said VCSU baseball coach Casey Olney. "There's just things you can't really work on in the gym."
2-6 local digest
Vikings given player of the week awards
Valley City State University basketball players Sekani Milligen and Alyssa Hummel were named the Dakota Athletic Conference Players of the Week Monday.
Milligen played a key role in the Vikings' wins over then-No. 7 Jamestown College Wednesday and Mayville State Saturday.
On the road against the rival Jimmies he led both teams with 26 points and went 9-11 at the free throw line. He then scored 22 against Mayville, which included four 3-pointers and five rebounds.
With the season down to its final few games, Valley City State University mens basketball coach Jeff Kaminsky knows his team is hungry to achieve its ultimate goal â€” a berth in the NAIA Division II national tournament.
So at halftime of Saturdayâ€™s 73-48 win over Dakota Athletic Conference opponent Mayville State University at W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse, he had no problem reminding the Vikings just what they were playing for.
The Valley City High School boys basketball team
seemed on the verge of its first Eastern Dakota Conference
Chase Carpenter closed out the first half of the
weekend opening game against Grand Forks Central
with a 3-pointer and the team carried the momentum
into the first six minutes of the second half to take a
39-36 lead with 12 minutes left.
But as quickly as the Hi-Liners got the lead, it
disappeared over the next seven minutes as the visiting
Knights went on a run to go up 12 points, which
the Hi-Liners couldnâ€™t make up in the 64-53 loss.
By Elizabeth Anderson
Special to the Times-Record
The Valley Twisters gymnastics teams performed well in meets last month.
The team started by competing in the 2012 Frosty Classic, held in Valley City Jan. 14 and 15.
The Twisters Level 4 team took third, but did not have enough athletes for a team score in Levels 5 or 6.
For the Level 4 team Jennifer Anderson was 1st on the Balance Beam. Olivia Olson placed 10th. Michaela Thiebert placed 4th on the Uneven Bars and 4th on the Vault with a score 9.4. Anderson placed 9th on Vault with a 9.3. Anderson also placed 7th on Floor.
With only five juniors and seniors, but plenty of success, it's easy to forget just how young some of Valley City High School's wrestlers are.
But in Thursday's 36-33 home dual loss to Jamestown, several of the Hi-Liners struggled against older competition in key matches.
"In reality we're a really young team," said Valley City coach Aaron Larson. "We wrestled fine, of course we wanted to win, but we're learning."
Larson said the dual played out about how he expected it to, with one of the key matches coming at 132 pounds.
JAMESTOWN â€” With six seconds left in overtime and the score tied at 83-83, the Valley City State University mens basketball team had an inbounds play set under their own basket at the Jamestown Civic Center Wednesday.
But when the Vikings noticed that Jamestown College forward Travis Burley was playing in the backcourt, rather than up front trying for a steal, VCSU guard A.J. McDonald took advantage of the situation.
"I went up and I got the ball, and I just cleared the floor," McDonald said. "I told (my teammates) I was feeling it, so just give it to me and they trusted me."
JAMESTOWN â€” Despite being unranked all year, the Valley City State University womens basketball has shown it can play with rival Jamestown College. The problem has been in the finish.
The first time the teams met, last month in the championship of the Dakota Athletic Conference Tip-Off tournament, Valley City lost 61-60 in overtime.
In the rematch, it was nearly the same results as the Vikings lost by only two points, 49-47, to the No. 11 Jimmies at the Jamestown Civic Center.
Despite being among the six seniors playing in their last home game Tuesday, Maple Valleyâ€™s Ty Smith hardly seemed bothered by what tends to be be an emotional game for players.
The Raiders had little problem beating Sargent Central 77-43.
Smith looked at as a â€śgood win to go out onâ€ť, but hardly saw it as the end.
â€śItâ€™s going to be emotional but weâ€™ve got a long road hopefully,â€ť Smith said.
With the season's end approaching rapidly, the Maple Valley girls basketball team got a little experimental in Monday's 55-29 home win over Central Prairie.
Rather than playing their normal 2-3 zone, the Raiders switched over to a 1-3-1 instead.
Though coach Jeff Miller said he was pleased with the results of the defense, it was the second half, when the defense got back to basics, the Raiders thrived.
In the third quarter, Maple Valley outscored the Firebirds 20-2 to take a 47-20 lead.