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After losing its first game of the year to Wahpeton Friday, the Valley City High School boys basketball team was determined to come out strong in the opening game of the Barnes County Tournament Tuesday at W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse.
The Vikings did just that, beating Griggs County Central 66-40 in the opening game of the tournament.
For the Maple Valley High School boys basketball team, the 2012 Barnes County Tournament isnâ€™t just about winning a title as much. Rather, the Raiders are defending a legacy after winning the championship the last two years.
Tuesday at Osmon Fieldhouse the Raiders had a successful start to the 2012 tournament, beating Finley-Sharon/Hope-Page 65-36 in the tournamentâ€™s opening contest.
â€śWe want to be back in that championship game on Saturday night, and thatâ€™s what we talked about,â€ť Maple Valley coach Jay Kocka said. â€śStep one is complete, step two will be Thursday.â€ť
For the first game of the season, it had the feel and intensity of a playoff game. Wahpeton guard Lachelle Bumgarner shot the lights out with 38 points, but Valley City didn't back down. Four Hi-Liners scored in double digits as Valley City escaped with a 83-78 road win Saturday afternoon in double overtime.
" It would have been a long week to lose tonight, especially a game like this. This is a huge boost," Valley City coach Jim McDaniel said. "(It was) a very exciting game. I wasn't expecting to go a couple of overtimes."
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The No. 19 Valley City State University womens basketball team's defense was on display Friday as the Vikings beat Trinity Bible College 78-45 in their eighth straight win this season.
Trinity Bible shot the ball well in the first half, jumping out to a 6-0 lead on back-to-back 3-pointers to start the game, while shooting 4-6 from the 3-point line in the first half to keep within reach at halftime.
However, the Vikings turned up the defensive pressure in the second half and forced 26 turnovers in the game and out-rebounded the Lions 46-26.
The Valley City High School boys basketball team did plenty of things right in its 49-43 season-opening loss to Wahpeton Friday at the Hi-Liner Activity Center, but at times, the ball just didn't seem to want to go in the hoop.
"They rebounded hard, they played defense hard. I thought we outhustled them and we outworked them, but our shooting percentage, we just couldn't overcome that," VCHS coach Scott Hurlimann said, citing a combined 7-20 performance at the free-throw line and 2-18 from the 3-point line. "We have to shoot better."
It was shooting that often seemed contagious.
Early on in the Valley City High School wrestling team's 40-34 dual loss to Carrington Thurday night, the Hi-Liners seemed like they would simply run away with it.
The Hi-Liners won five of the first six matches, which started at 145 pounds, all by either pinfall or major decision. But as the night continued, the Cardinals showed why they're one of the top Class B teams, getting pins at the lower weight classes, and clinching the win with a decision at 138 pounds.
Minnesota brothers Jake and Austin Rambow have signed letters of intent to play sports at Valley City State University, the school announced Thursday.
Austin, a 6-foot-5-inch forward, will play for the mens basketball team, coached by Jeff Kaminsky. Jake will play baseball, signing his letter with VCSU coach Casey Olney.
The two are from Willmar, Minn., and will join the Vikings for the 2013-2014 seasons.
Jake, the older of the two, will be transferring into VCSU from Ridgewater (Minn.) Community College.
After starting the game on a 9-0 run, the Valley City State womens basketball team never fell behind en route to their most convincing victory of the season with, a 90-49 win over Presentation College Thursday at W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse.
It's the team's first 90-point game since the Vikings beat Minnesota â€” Morris 93-88 in overtime in the 2010-2011 season.
Though the Saints responded and cut the Viking lead to a two points on two occasions early in the first half, the Vikings controlled the rest of the way.
VCHS Wrestling takes 6th in Jamestown
The Valley City High School wrestling team took sixth at the Knights of Columbus tournament over the weekend in Jamestown.
The Hi-Liners had seven wrestlers finish in the top four of their division, including three who wrestled in the championship match.
Zach Doty won the championship at 170 pounds, pinning Darren Crissler in 3:45. Shane Undem (160) and Jaiden Opatz (195) both lost in the championship matches at their divisions, taking second place.
As the LaMoure/Litchville-Marion boys basketball team worked its offense in the first half of Monday's 56-54 win over Maple Valley, the final result seemed relatively simple.
Pass the ball, set a few picks, wait for a defender to fall off his cover, then take advantage of the hole with a quick cut into the lane for a layup.
"That happens when the offense is moving like its supposed to be," LLM coach Darren Thielges said. "The first half, we were fresh, so we were making good cuts."