January 16th, 2013
*Special note: This is a message that Dean Koppelman sent out to the media and the parents of the Valley City School district via email. We thought it was such a good letter that some of you, who arn't on the school email list, would also like to read it.
Thank you, Times-Record Staff
Good evening everyone,
There are times I like to send information from a school board meeting when there are topics of importance to our district. Last night's meeting had several of those topics on the agenda and I would like to share some information with you.
Entering the first day of the 2012 Barnes County Girls Basketball Tournament at W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse, Valley City High School coach Jim McDaniel had his team focus heavily on both fundamentals and staying consistent with them throughout the game.
By the end of the Hi-Linersâ€™ 62-22 tournament opening win over Barnes County North, he was pleased.
â€śI thought all four quarters, we offensively did what we were supposed to do. We ran our offenses,â€ť McDaniel said. â€śDefensively, I thought we did a nice job pressuring the ball, making it hard for them to make it for them to get good, easy looks.â€ť
Tuesday: First round
Valley City 62, Barnes Co. North 22
Sargent Central 46, LaMoure/Litchville-Marion 38
Maple Valley 61, Griggs Co. 28
4) No. 3 Enderlin vs. No. 6 FSHP, 7:30 p.m.
Barnes Co. North vs. LaMoure/Litchville-Marion, 3 p.m.
Griggs Co. Central vs. FSHP, 4:30 p.m.
Valley City vs. Sargent Central, 6 p.m.
Maple Valley vs. Enderlin, 7:30 p.m.
7th place, noon: consolation semifinal losers
5th, 1:30 p.m.: consolation semifinal winners
3rd, 3 p.m.: championship semifinal losers
VCSU Women Beat Presentation
The No. 13 Valley City State University women's basketball team had its highest scoring game of the year Tuesday with a 93-54 win at Presentation College in Aberdeen, S.D.
The Vikings shot 58 percent from the floor, hitting 36-62 shots, including 12 3-pointers, and every player scored at least two points.
Freshman Courtney Dixon led the Vikings with 14 points. Freshman Erika Ettl and sophomore Sierra Even both added 12 points each.
VCSU Women Fall in NAIA Poll
The Maple Valley and Valley City High School girls basketball teams advanced to the championship semifinals of the Barnes County Tournament.
The Hi-Liners beat Barnes County North 62-22 in the tournament's opening game. They were led by Dierra Diegel and Jessica Denholm, both of whom had 15 points, and Danica Diegel, who had 10 points.
Maple Valley beat Griggs County Central 61-28. The Raiders were led by Rylee Nudell, who had 24 points, seven rebounds and seven steals. Cassie Pautz had 16 points, as well.
Valley City Junior Senior High Schoolâ€™s senior choir director Sheila Zinke said her choir students are busy planning a fun show for Valley Cityâ€™s 25th annual cafe concert in a couple weeks.
The show, held Jan. 27 at 3 p.m., and Jan. 28 and 29 at 7 p.m. is the biggest fundraiser for the music department. Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for children. Call Cindy Creviston at (701) 490-0231 to purchase them.
This yearâ€™s theme is â€śFun in the Sun,â€ť so â€śthat conjures up all sorts of summer songs,â€ť Zinke said.
Valley City Native Sharon (Kvien) Cashatt died in a house fire in Rockford Ill. on Monday, Jan 7. Also killed in the fire was her son; Douglas Cashatt, 24; son Dominick Cashatt, 13; and her great-granddaughter Isabella Gonzalez, 10 months.
Sharon, 61, was a 1969 graduate of Valley City High School. She was born and raised in Valley City, by her parents Maurice and Dorothy Kvien, along with her brothers and sisters Ginny, Roger, Sharon, Mickey and Beth.
Rita Mae Grant is pretty excited about the upcoming 2013 Special Olympics Winter Games which will be held in Valley City on Friday and Saturday.
After all, sheâ€™s been competing for 41 years and even competed in the Special Olympic World Games in Nagano, Japan in 2001. She knows exactly what kind of excitement is coming for her and her snowshoeing teammates.
Barnes County Tournament bracket
The Barnes County Girls Basketball Tournament starts Tuesday afternoon at W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse on the Valley City State University Campus. Valley City High School, which took 2nd place last year, is the top seed in the tournament and will play No. 8 Barnes County North in the tournament opener at 3 p.m. Maple Valley is the No. 2 seed in the tournament, and LaMoure/Litchville-Marion is No. 4.
The Times-Record will provide scoring updates online throughout the tournament at Facebook.com/VCTimesRecord and Twitter.com/VCTimesRecord.
Because of low participation numbers, the Valley City High School boys basketball program will not field a junior varsity team for the 2013-2014 school year, Dan Larson, the activities director for Valley City Public Schools, announced.
"If everyone stayed out that's currently playing in (grades) 9-11 and eighth grade, we'd have approximately 24 athletes," Larson told the VCPS school board during its regular meeting Monday.