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June 3rd, 2012
WEST FARGO â There werenât many times this season when Enderlin/Maple Valley pitcher Kaylee Johnson felt genuine nerves.
But she admits had some butterflies as she fielded an otherwise-routine ground ball with two outs in the top of the seventh inning of Saturdayâs 2-1 Class B state championship win over Central Cass at Elmwood Park.
âIt was just âOh my gosh, I canât believe this is happening,ââ Johnson said.
A quick, easy throw to first baseman Lakken Boeder not only ended the game, but also made history.
When Maple Valley High School sophomore Abbie Tinjum was younger, she had no intention of joining the Enderlin/Maple Valley softball team, nor did she realize she would become a state champion in the sport.
âI didnât even want to play at first in eighth grade. I wanted to run track,â Tinjum said.
The difference in getting her on the field was an older sister on the team, who forced her out to a few practices.
âOnce I started it, I liked it so much more. Now itâs one of my favorite sports,â Tinjum said.
WEST FARGO â When Enderlin/Maple Valley coach Neva Hamre was asked about a few of her players following Friday's 25-4 win over Grafton in the Class B State Semifinals, she was at a loss for words.
"I just don't really know what to say about them," she said. "We're just â I don't know â it doesn't seem hard. We're just doing what we do."
What they do, and continued to do at the second day of the inaugural Class B State Softball Tournament, is win.
WEST FARGO â All season long, Enderlin/Maple Valley softball coach Neva Hamre knew her top two pitchers were sophomore Kaylee Johnson and junior Cassie Pautz. But with the success Johnson had throughout the season, Pautz didnât log a single pitch at the varsity level.
Until Thursday, that was, when she took to the circle in the Falconsâ 18-2 win over Pembina County North to open the Class B state softball tournament at Elmwood Park in West Fargo.
âI only pitched two JV games, so it was a little nerve wracking,â Pautz said.
VCHS golf team misses state
The Valley City High School golf team missed qualifying for state by one stroke Wednesday at the Eastern Dakota Conference regional meet in Fargo.
The Hi-Liners finished with a team score of 322 to finish seventh. Fargo South got the final state spot with 321.
Senior Nick Jenson led the team with a 73, which tied for 5th and earned him All-Region honors. Jenson, will be going to the state meet Tuesday and Wednesday in Dickinson with teammates Ben Sorenson and Jared Lentz. All three qualified individually last week.
Nick Jenson 38-35 73
Photos by Deb Beilke/Special to the Times-Record
The Valley City High School track and field team handed out its end of season awards Tuesday night at the Hi-Liner Activity Center.
MLB All-Star balloting opened May 20. Once again, just 40 games into the season, this is entirely too early. With the game being held July 10 in Kansas City, you would think the league could hold off on balloting for another two or three weeks, allowing All-Stars to be evaluated through closer to one-third of their games, rather than just a fourth. In my eyes, however, an even bigger mistake than the small sample size of games is the Little League mindset used by Major League Baseball.
State softball starts today
The Class A and B state high school softball tournaments start today at Elmwood Field in West Fargo.
Enderlin/Maple Valley enters the first Class B tournament as the top seed in the South Region and opens the tournament against Pembina County North and is scheduled to start 35 minutes after the conclusion of a 4:30 p.m. game.
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VCTA summer activities
The registration deadline is coming up for several Valley City Tennis Association programs.
The Valley City High School golf team is no stranger to state, but this year, a few Hi-Liners took a different route getting there.
Rather than qualify with the rest of the team, senior Nick Jensen and Ben Sorenson and freshman Jared Lentz all qualified individually during a meet last week in Wahpeton.
âWeâve never really done that before,â coach Buff Murray said. âItâs something thatâs new.â
But an individual sport, the Hi-Liners are keeping the focus solely on team entering todayâs Eastern Dakota Conference regional tournament at the Edgewood Public Golf Course in Fargo.
Valley City High School track and field coach Trevor Bakalar said the state meet in Bismarck over the weekend was full of ups and downs for his teams.
Although there was a bit of disappointment â namely, the Hi-Linersâ 4x100 and 4x200 girls relay teams and senior sprinter Molly Willson missing the finals â there was also the delight that three seniors got from placing in their final season.