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September 4th, 2014
Valley City faced all-State talent-laden West Fargo in Thursdayâ€™s 7-2 road loss, but such a challenge is just what a youthful team needs.
â€śMany positives today,â€ť Valley City head coach Matt Nielson said. â€śWe focused on footwork yesterday and we were better today. We preached location on our shots and the players responded. The three pillars were not upheld to our high standard on Tuesday [a 7-2 home win against Wahpeton], but they were today.â€ť
Dalton Ondracek lost to Brady Ballweber, 6-2, 6-0.
Brandon Miller lost to Kayan Farahmand, 6-0, 6-1.
Enderlin and Litchville-Marion/Montpelier traded points early and often in Thursdayâ€™s first two sets in Montpelier, N.D., but, despite Rhandi Larsonâ€™s eight digs and three kills, Eagle power prevailed in a 3-0 (25-22, 25-10, 25-13) win.
Jacey Alber and Morgan Smith spiked three kills, Cheyanne Elsner two.
Caitlin Miedema and Tierra Velure swooped for six digs, Elsner five, Alber and Morgan Gentzkow four, Danielle Eichele and Smith two.
Gentzkow hustled for four assists, Alber two, Elsner and Velure another each.
Elsner and Alber also came up with a block and an ace each.
A long touchdown pass in the final minutes at Lokken Stadium in Valley City on Thursday night gave the Barnes County Deputies a 49-47 win against the Valley City State Vikings, the Deputiesâ€™ third triumph in as many years.
â€śThey used my strategy of putting every player on the field at once, so they won,â€ť said Deputies coach J. Reed Anderson, a veritable leviathan in a sea of football knowledge. â€ś[Viking coach and 1490 AM KOVC AM general manager] Tim Ost is wondering if heâ€™ll ever win one.â€ť
Hi-Liner miscues and Arlana Prostâ€™s 14 digs and six kills powered visiting Fargo Davies over Valley City, 3-0 (25-15, 25-10, 25-12), in Tuesday nightâ€™s Eastern Dakota Conference opener.
Davies led 11-7 and 22-15 in the first set, and the second set carried the trend with an early 12-4 Eagle lead.
Read this story in Wednesday's Times-Record.
Valley Cityâ€™s first win of the season, Tuesdayâ€™s 7-2 home defeat of Wahpeton, will really help them feel at home when Regionals rolls around.
â€śAfter a strong showing in Doubles, the Singles had me worried,â€ť Hi-Liner head coach Matt Nielson said. â€śNo. 1 and No. 3 Singles were both blowouts, but every other match had spots where the match could go either way. This is a big win for us as it gives us an opportunity to get out of the play-in match and guarantees us home court advantage in case we are in the play-in match.â€ť
Dalton Ondracek beat Kylar Jawaski, 6-1, 6-2.
Dalton Ondracek picked up a Singles win before he and Brandon Miller scored a Doubles win in Thursdayâ€™s non-conference trip to Jamestown, but the Blue Jays took the match, 7-2.
â€śWe have three new players to tennis this year who are playing Varsity: Riley Miller, Collin White and Hunter Burchill,â€ť Valley City head coach Matt Nielson said. â€ś[In] each match, these three played their best match to date. Iâ€™m impressed with all threeâ€™s attitudes, coachability and belief that they can win the next point.â€ť
Read this story in Tuesday's Times-Record.
If you thought Valley City was in trouble at Dickinson on Friday night, you havenâ€™t met these Hi-Liners.
Down 14-0 in the second quarter of a game delayed by bus trouble, Valley City scored three times in the second half off three Midget fumbles and held for the upset at Dickinson Stateâ€™s Fisher Field.
â€śIt was guts, especially with a 2A team playing a 3A team,â€ť Hi-Liner head coach Scott Roehrich said. â€śThey manhandled us last year [a 48-0 Midget opener at Hanna Field], but these were not the same two teams playing as last year.â€ť
Hi-Liner cross country ran in the six-team VCSU Cross Country Meet on Friday and came away with several strong performances.
Eighth-grader Mikayla Wolla won the Girls Junior Varsity division as the JV girls took the title.
Mikaylah Ross won the girlsâ€™ varsity division race, and the girls placed 2nd as a team.
Casey Engelhard was again the Hi-Liner boys Varsity leader in sixth place as the team took third.
Jack Jordan ran a near-two-minute Junior Varsity personal record.
Valley City heads to Cooperstown on Saturday, Sept 6.
Girls JV 3k
In honor of Sept. 20â€™s National Gymnastics Day, TNT Kids Fitness & Gymnastics of Fargo, N.D. will host Open Gymnastics Day for children of all abilities, ages five to 14, with one-hour sessions at 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Each athleteâ€™s goal is to complete or attempt every station â€” rings, a rock wall, a run and jump into a pit, tumbling, pull-ups, handstands, trampoline jumps and a balance beam â€” and fill out a gymnastics punch card.
Valley City boys tennis ventured to Grand Forks on Tuesday to face umpteen-time defending State champion Red River in a match that the Roughriders took, 9-0, but greatness is wrought with formidable opponents.
â€śRed River looks as dominant as ever,â€ť Valley City head coach Matt Nielson said. â€śThey will be the overwhelming favorites to win the State tournament this year, and deservedly so.â€ť
Read this story in Wednesday's Times-Record.