For the last three seasons, the boys edition of the Barnes County Basketball Tournament has come down to two teams â€” Valley City High School and Maple Valley High School.
But not even Maple Valley coach Jay Kocka would have predicted that Saturday's 47-46 win for the Raiders at W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse would have been that close.
"Give Valley City credit. With their zone they ran, we didn't attack too much but we hung around and gave ourselves a shot," he said.
Maple Valley 65, FSHP 36
LLM 38, Enderlin 32
Milnor 68, BCN 44
Valley City 66, GCC 40
Enderlin 64, FSHP 23
GCC 61, BCN 42
Maple Valley 55, LLM 45
Valley City 60, Milnor 58
FSHP 62, Barnes Co. North 39
LLM 61, Milnor 51
Maple Valley 47, Valley City 46
All tournament team:
Brady Thielges, LLM
Mason Denholm, VC
Coltin Huus, E
Briton Bussman, M
Kris Wathne, GCC
Anthony Olson, LLM
FARGO â€” For all the work the North Dakota State University football did all season to prepare for a shot at their second straight NCAA Division I football championship, the ultimate yes or no seemed to hinge on one play in Friday's 23-20 win over Georgia Southern University at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome.
With 3:10 left in the game, the Bison had a fourth down with three yards to go at the GSU 5-yard line.
So the Bison gave it to quarterback Brock Jensen, who gutted it straight up the middle on a quarterback draw, getting five yards and the game-winning touchdown.
School lunches have changed again, but not drastically. Under pressure from several mid-west senators, including Senator John Hoeven (R. N.D.), last week the USDA relaxed some of the strict school lunch guidelines that were put into place last summer.
The biggest change, according to Litchville-Marion Superintendent Steve Larson, is that there will no longer be a charge for seconds. A plus for students on free or reduced meals who had to pay for seconds. Sheri Rode, head cook at L-M Elementary expects more changes.
The Valley City State University Community School of the Arts is entering its new year with a new director, Amy Tahran.
Shari Larson, whose last day as director of the community school of the arts was Friday, said Tahran will take over the position in time for when spring semester classes begin Jan. 14.
Larson said VCSU has been doing the community school since 1994, and it is open to anyone in the Valley City area interested in taking classes in the fine arts, including adults, elementary school students, high school students and college students.
The City of Valley City has a new assessor as of Nov. 13. Sandy Hansen replaces Nick Lee, who worked for the city for three-and-a-half years.
Hansen previously worked for the Barnes County Tax Equilization Office and Valley City Times-Record.
She said she's had a busy first few weeks in her new job.
"Valley City's housing market is growing pretty fast, and I'm just trying to keep up," she said.
Hansen said she's currently working on doing another mass appraisal throughout Valley City, a project that Lee had started.
School Board President Mike Callahan said Friday the school district has safeguards in place to protect students, staff and teachers from tragedies such as Friday's fatal school shooting in Connecticut.
A man opened fire Friday inside two classrooms at a Connecticut elementary school killing 26 people, including 20 children, as youngsters cowered in corners and closets and trembled helplessly to the sound of gunfire reverberating through the building.
Friday, December 14
Full Nelson Karaoke, 8:30 p.m. to midnight in the Valley City American Legion Club rooms. Must be 21 or older to attend. The event supports Legion Baseball.
The Valley City Church of the Nazarene is depicting the Christmas story through a â€śJourney Through Christmasâ€ť drive through Riverview and Hanna Avenue from 7-9 p.m. The Christmas night play is provided by the families of the church. All are welcome.
Saturday, December 15
The 2013 edition of ON THE MOVE will begin Jan. 1, and staff say it will be bigger and better than ever before.
There will be a host of classes and try it sessions with new types of exercise. Paid members will be able to attend Curves, the Fitness Center and Snap Fitness totally free.
ON THE MOVE is designed to offer tips, support and incentives to help Barnes County residents set a physical activity goal and meet it.
I know Iâ€™m not Oprah. Iâ€™m just me. A humble mis-fit of a gal just trying to get by the best she can with what she has. This week, out of the blue I was forced into a situation that had me either wanting to jump (not for joy but off a cliff.) I felt like I had been stung by a billion bees when the news hit. I felt like my insides were being bitten by a pack of angry dogs. â€śThat doesnâ€™t sound like you Jodi Rae,â€ť youâ€™re saying to yourself. No. It doesnâ€™t sound like me and thatâ€™s why I had but two options.