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February 2nd, 2012
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.
Maple Valley boys maintain ranking
The Maple Valley boys basketball team held its ranking in the most recent North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Class B basketball poll released Tuesday.
The Raiders were ranked ninth for the second week in a row by the poll.
Over the weekend, they beat Finley-Sharon/Hope-Page 72-27 in Page.
In the win, the Raiders had a hard time being stopped and scored 19 in the first quarter, 26 in the second, and 22 in the third to take a 67-23 lead heading into the final quarter.
The No. 19 Valley City State University mens basketball team outscored Dickinson State University 8-5 in overtime to en route to a 71-68 road win Saturday.
In a rematch of the Dakota Athletic Conference Tip-Off Tournament consolation game just six days prior, the Vikings used balanced scoring and an overtime period to fend off the Blue Hawks for a second straight time.
The Vikings' balance led to four players finishing with 14 points or more.
Valley City teams don't get a chance to play many tournaments in front of a home-town crowd, so Saturday offered a change of pace.
Rather than hitting the road, three local youth teams â€” the 6th grade B boys, 6th grade girls and 4th grade B boys â€” were among 42 teams in seven divisions that took the court at the Valley City Parks and Recreation District Youth Basketball Tournament Saturday.
The tournaments were played on courts spanning from the Recreation Center and City Auditorium buildings to the W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse at Valley City State University.
During Tuesday's stop in Valley City, Minnesota Twins hitting coach Joe Vavra emphasized the value of having veteran leaders on the team.
"You've got to have those guys in the clubhouse to take control of the people they're dressing with," Vavra told an audience of about 60 people at Trestle's Bar and Grill Tuesday. "We're off to the side, we're promoting, obviously, what they're supposed to get done on the field, but you've got to have a leader step up," he said. "You've got to have a voice, somebody they can relate to when times are down."
The Valley City High School wrestling team isn't exactly known for its lower weight wrestlers.
Once you get to 138-pound class, you get into the state contenders, but the 106 to 132 pounders tend to be more inexperienced.
"We're really young down there," Valley City coach Brandon Larson said. "We've got some junior high kids going out there."
But in Tuesday's 40-33 dual win over Fargo South at the Hi-Liner Activity Center, it was a younger wrestler who came through.
The Valley City State University womens basketball team had a slower start than coach Jill DeVries would have liked.
In the first ten minutes of Sunday's 74-65 home win over Johnson and Wales (Colo.) University, the Vikings only hit two shots from the floor, despite leading 10-9.
But, DeVries said, the intentions were good.
The Valley City State University mens basketball team didn't have the best looking win Sunday against Johnson and Wales (Colo.) University.
After leading the game by 17 points at halftime, the Vikings were outscored 30-17 in the second half, primarily because of cold shooting.
The Vikings still finished ahead with a 57-47 score and VCSU coach Jeff Kaminsky was pleased nonetheless. It was the team's second win in as many days.