Archive - Sports Article
July 1st, 2013
The weather couldn't have been better for the Elysian pastime. The sun shone down all weekend long on The Leever's Classic American Legion Baseball Tournament, played at Charlie Brown Field, in Valley City. Eight teams (including both Valley City Post #60 teams) from as far away as Grand Forks vied from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon for the Leever's Classic trophy.
The championship game was played Sunday afternoon, between LaMoure and Nelson County Owls, and what a game it was, starting as a pitchers' duel, and ending with LaMoure getting eight-runned in the bottom of the sixth.
Last Friday, May 3, was a much better day for baseball. The wind wasn't quite as harsh and there was sunshine that at least gave the comfort of being warm. The Vikings played the Mayville State Comets in the noon game for a shot at the championship game against the Jamestown College Jimmies at 3:30 p.m., Friday, at Jack Brown Stadium in Jamestown.
The #4 seed Valley City State University Viking Softball team knocked off number five seed Dakota State in the opening round of the Unaffiliated-A.I.I./Frontier National Qualifying Tournament 11-6, then dropped a tough one to #1 seed Dickinson State 3-1.
Valley City State was outhit by the Lady Tâ€™s in the tournament opener 12-11, but the Vikings cashed in on their scoring opportunities scoring five runs in the first and two in the second on their way to the convincing first round victory.
The NAIA Unaffiliated Baseball Tournament started Wednesday, and the first game was a barnburner. The Valley City State University Vikings took on the Dakota State Trojans. The Trojans came into the tournament seeded #5, and Vikings #4.
The morning game began quietly. A strong wind came in from right field, but had little affect on hitters later in the game. The Trojans scored once in the second inning, and again in the fourth. The Vikings put a run on the board in the bottom of the fourth, and then in the fifth, all heck broke loose with the bats.
With months' worth of practices adding to the frustrations of the Valley City softball team the Hi-Liners finally played their first game, Thursday, April 25. The Hi-Liners played a fourth ranked Bismarck team, according to the WDA pre-season poll, and won twice.
Valley City sent out a strong starting lineup with Paula Andel in the circle, Dierra Diegel at catcher, Danica Diegel at first, Madison McDaniel at second, Brooke Breckheimer at third, Sadi Klingenberg at shortstop, Jessica Denholm in left field, Jasmine Stevens in center, and Tarryn Justesen started in right.
The Valley City State University Viking softball team finished their home opener perfectly against the Mayville State Comets. The Vikings scratched out a playing field at Lokken Stadium, took two from the Comets on Thursday, and then another two on Friday. The Vikings are now 7-21 overall.
Spring officially arrived--and don't mind the piles of snow. The Valley State University Viking women took their home opener, a double-header, against the Mayville State Comets. It took only until the penultimate week of the season, and scratching out a softball field at Shelly Ellig Field at the Lokken Football Stadium, but softball was played. The teams split the two games with the Vikings the home team in the first game, and the Comets the home team in the second.
Dillan Ostrom and Ricky Paulson have joined the Times-Record sports team as stringers and should soon be seen at area sporting events.
Ostrom is a Valley City State University senior majoring in Media Communications, and Paulson is a senior at Valley City High School.
Read more about them in Friday's Times-Record.
After a 20 plus win season and the first ever NAIA Division II National Tournament berth, the Valley City State University Men's Basketball team finished the 2012-13 season one spot outside of the top 25 poll.
The Vikings received 42 votes for the final poll, placing them one spot out of the top 25, the highest team not ranked in the final poll of the season.
After being ranked in the poll much of the season, the Vikings received an at large bid to their first ever NAIA Division II National Tournament. A first round loss to Indiana Southeast finished the Vikings season at 21-9.
Chase Carpenter will move across the river. Carpenter, a senior at Valley City High School, signed Tuesday, March 19, to play basketball for the Valley City State University Vikings.
Read more in the Wednesday, March 20, Valley City Times-Record.