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October 11th, 2012
As the stands emptied Thursday night at Hanna Field, things were seemingly quiet inside the stadium. But in the parking lot, there was a hint of celebration as fans honked their horns and exchanged high fives before driving off for the night. It wasn't without reason.
With a 40-14 win over Central Cass, the Valley City High School team clinched its return to the Class AA state playoffs for the first time since 2010.
It was a win in which Valley City fell behind on the opening drive, but got ahead late in the first quarter and never let up.
Elliot Honored for 2nd Straight Week
Valley City State University's Derek Elliott has earned top honors in the Association of Independent Institutions this week as Elliott has been named the Male Athlete of the Week for the week of Oct. 1-7.
MONTPELIER â€” By the time Litchville-Marion/Montpelier's Heather Graalum stepped up to the service line in the fifth set of the team's 3-2 win over Barnes County North, she admits there were a few nerves.
Earlier in the night, the Rebels had taken a two set lead in the match but watched a 21-6 lead in the third disappear as the Bison found their groove and evened it out at two sets each.
But after BCN's Maggie Beddow hit one into the net early in the fifth, giving Graalum the serve and 4-3 lead, the senior was focused primarily on keeping it in.
MILNOR, N.D. â€“ Maple Valley/Enderlin football coach Brett Kapaun expected "a dogfight" Friday against Milnor/North Sargent, but what he got was completely unexpected.
Instead of a close fight to the finish, the previously-undefeated Falcons fell 28-6 to a feisty Bulldog squad that put together 20 points in the second half.
It was an outcome that left both coaches shocked..
"Watching Enderlin/Maple Valley against Northern Cass last week we knew the type of team they had but I never imagined a 28-6 spread," MNS coach Eric Olson said.
FARGO â€” All season long, the Valley City football team has been one of the state's most dominant defensive teams, limiting opponents to an average of less than two touchdowns per game.
Friday night's game with Fargo Shanley was no different, as the Hi-Liner defense stopped nearly everything the defending state runner-up threw at it.
The only miscue came on a 90-yard reverse to the left side by Danny Stasch. It was the play that made the difference as the Hi-Liners fell 6-0 to the No. 2 ranked Deacons.
FARGO â€” In its run for a national championship last year, the North Dakota State University football team had only one hiccup â€” a 27-24 home loss to Youngstown (Ohio) State.
Saturday the No. 3 ranked Peguins again waddled into the Fargodome, but this year, it ended a bit differently. Instead, the top-ranked Bison got timely plays all over the field in a 48-7 rout.
"This one surprised me," NDSU coach Craig Bohl said after the game. "I felt like if we played well, we matched up with them, but nothing of this magnitude."
MONTPELIER â€” There are nights where things just click for a team.
Tuesday, the Maple Valley High School volleyball team had one of them.
With the exception of a short time early in the second set, the Raiders controlled the tempo of the game, from the serve to the net play, in a 25-6, 25-18, 25-15 road win over Litchville-Marion/Montpelier.
"They're finding their confidence and they're finding their level of play," Maple Valley coach Jessica Theurer said. "They're really coming around, and they need to this at time of the year."
Early on, the Raiders made the most of their serves.
ENDERLIN â€“ The undefeated Maple Valley/Enderlin football team held its perch on the the top of the Class A Region I standings 26-22 win over Northern Cass in its homecoming game Friday night.
The Falcons offense attacked from the air with passing team of quarterback Jordan Haseleu and wide receiver Austin Dixson and key defensive plays gave MVE the victory. The game went back forth throughout the fourth quarter and Falcon head coach Brett Kapaun said he was proud of his team's tenacity.
Every year in football, the center snaps a ball to his quarterback hundreds, if not thousands of times.
But as simple as it seemed late in Saturday's 39-28 loss to NCAA Division II South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, something went wrong for the Valley City State University football team.
The Vikings were in the middle of a drive following a touchdown by the Hardrockers that put VCSU down 32-28.
Of all the games a football team plays each year, there is rarely a non-playoff matchup that draws a crowd better than a homecoming game. But in the same vein, all excitement of the weekend comes with the possibility of distracting players.
But in Friday night's 40-13 homecoming win over Lisbon, the Valley City High School football team showed that it was all business.