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June 6th, 2012
DICKINSON â In both days of the Class A state boys golf tournament, Valley City High School senior Nick Jenson saved his best for last. The last nine, that is.
In both days of the 36-hole tournament, which ended Wednesday at Dickinsonâs Heart River Municipal Golf Course, Jenson struggled in the courseâs front nine, but was able to make up for it on the back.
âI like the back nine a lot better here, so I knew Iâd make some birdies and I didâ he said.
He finished with a final score of 155, which tied for sixth place and earned him All-State honors.
VCHS golfers in hunt at state
Valley City High School boys golf team had players finish the first day of the state championship in the hunt for a placing score.
Nick Jenson leads the Hi-Liners with an 82, which is tied for 17th. The score is only four strokes off the top-5.
Ben Sorenson had an 83, which ties him for 23rd. Jared Lentz finished the day with an 84 and is tied for 31st.
The tournament wraps up today in Dickinson.
Legion team drops first four
The Valley City Post 60 American Legion baseball team opened the season with four straight losses.
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.