April 2nd, 2012
There arenât many teams that get over a month off from competition in mid-season.
But ever since the Valley City State University track and field team last ran a full meet Feb. 16, the majority of the team has been training for the outdoor season, which starts Saturday when members of the team go to Dickinson State for the first outdoor meet of the year.
âThat was a good opportunity for us to train,â said coach Ken Frenette, who previously coached at Campbell University in North Carolina, which has a smaller transition period between the seasons.
The Valley City Community Gardens are warming up for their fourth season, and for those who are itching to get their hands dirty, space is filling up rapidly. As of Thursday, eight 20 by 20 foot plots were still available to rent for the season at the gardens, located west of Riverside Gardens, just off of Tenth Street Southwest.
âThe soil out there is really nice right now,â said Ellen Bjelland, Garden Steering Committee chair. âIt had alfalfa on it previously and people worked it a lot last year. Theyâre in good shape.â
I donât necessarily consider myself old, but I do know Iâm old enough to remember the drought of the late 1980s and early 1990s when Devils Lake was hardly visible from Minnewaukan, and one day I walked across the parched bottom of Hobart Lake in Barnes County.
Since a wet cycle started in 1993, construction crews have had to build up Interstate 94, which runs through Hobart Lake, because of rising water, and Minnewaukan today is nearly surrounded by Devils Lake.
As the adage goes, âa picture is worth a thousand words,â a fishing picture, however means never having to face an inquisition from friends or foes at the local watering hole. While any snap, from a camera phone on up to top-of-the-line photography equipment, will preserve the memory and the proof of your catch, there are several ways you can make it a wall-hanger of a moment.
Preserve the Profile
As anyone in Valley City will tell you, winter doesnât always treat springs sports teams well.
But as this last winter progressed in a mild fashion, Valley City State University baseball coach Casey Olney and his coaching counterparts at Dickinson State University and Jamestown College kicked around the idea of moving the Dakota Athletic Conference preseason tournament from sites in South Dakota to local fields.
But even those talks were done with a hint of caution as coaches waited to see whether their fields would be playable.
On a cold and windy day, the Valley City State University Vikings dropped the opening game at NCAA Division II opponent Bemidji (Minn.) State 2-0 before rebounding in the second game to salvage a split with a 6-2 victory.
Game one flew by as both pitchers worked quickly and limited each teamâs offenses. The Beavers gave pitcher Courtney Anderson a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first and it was all the room she needed as Anderson held the Viking bats to just three hits in seven innings.
Thundering Herd Classic Track & Field Meet
Monday at NDSU
Girls 60 Meter Dash Finals
1. Slemmons, Paige, Central Cass, 8.03; 2. Johnson, Julia, Shanley, 8.27; 3. Willson, Molly, Valley City, 8.29; ... 6. Jacob, Jenna, Valley City, J8.43.
Girls 200 Meter Dash
1. Willson, Molly, Valley City, 27.53; 2. Slemmons, Paige, Central Cass, 27.84; 3. Adah, Afure, Shanley, 27.93; 4. Jacob, Jenna, Valley City, 28.11; ... 11. Roehrich, Brienne, Valley City, 29.76; 15. Peterson, Bekah, Valley City, 30.20.
Girls 400 Meter Dash
FARGO â Those who have followed the Valley City High School track and field team probably recognize the name âEngelhard.â
After all, Wayne Engelhard was a state champion in the 800 meter run, and more recently has been a two-time qualifier for the NAIA national meet at Valley City State University.
But this year, thereâs a different Engelhard looking to make a difference for the Hi-Liners. Wayneâs brother, Casey, has been among the younger athletes to find his footing as part of the VCHS track and field team early in the season.
The Valley City State University softball team scored first, scored often, and got back-to-back shutouts from Katie McBride and Jen Shadlock to sweep the Concordia College Cobbers 11-0 and 8-0 in doubleheader action.
Although nearly all the tournaments at the Valley City Parks and Recreation Spring Shootout basketball tournament were played in a round-robin format, there were times where it seemed to work out otherwise.
Take, for instance, the 4th grade boys tournament.
There was no bracket, but the championship still came down to one final game at the end of the day.
In the final game, the Valley City Lightning did what it needed in a 30-28 win over Devils Lake. It was the second time in as many weeks that the teams played for a tournament championship. Both times, Valley City came out on top.