September 10th, 2012
The last two seasons weren't always easy on the Valley City High School boys tennis team but, so far, this year's Hi-Liners are making progress.
With a pair of home wins against Wahpeton and Dickinson Saturday, the team has won more matches this year than it did the last two.
"Overall, this was a big day for us," Hi-Liner coach Matt Nielson said. "We did not win a match two years ago. Last year, we won only one match, the play-in match to make it to regionals. In one day, we eclipsed the number of wins in our two previous seasons."
The Valley City High School cross country team had two runners place in the top-25 of the Fargo North's Spartan Duals Challenge, which took place Saturday at Johnson Park in Moorhead, Minn.
April Berntson led the Hi-Liner girls with a 10th place finish in the girls varsity 4K race, and Casey Engelhard took 25th in the boys varsity 5K race. Jamie Ronning narrowly missed a top-25 finish, taking 26th in the varsity girls race.
Varsity Girls 4K
10. April Berntson, 16:10; 26. Jamie Ronning, 17:27; 27. Barbara Zubrod, 17:31; 36. Jessica Ronning, 18:12; 41. Aislinn Fogarty, 20:12.
The National Weather Service office in Grand Forks has issued a critical fire watch in Barnes County for Monday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The watch was issued due to dry conditions and wind speeds ranging from 25 to 35 mph with the possibility for stronger gusts.
Conserving water and preventing contamination of the water table are on the forefront of a push by state and federal groups who support National Protect Your Groundwater Day on Sept. 11.
The North Dakota Well Drillers Association is standing along side the National Ground Water Associationâ€™s public call to action to protect one of the most vital resources available. The groups want people to acknowledge issues with water, how those issues apply to everyone.
Valley City residents may have recently seen people wearing vests walking down boulevards swinging a long slender electronic device back and forth, periodically digging a small hole and placing tiny pennants in the ground.
Valley City City Administrator David Schelkoph said Thursday the workers are involved in several projects, including setting distances for new street markings and doing preparation work for planned phone company upgrades to fiber optics in Valley City.
When the Valley City State University football team beat Mayville State University last year, the Vikings had a bit of trouble stopping the Comets' option-based offensive attack, allowing 254 rushing yards.
What a difference a year makes.
When the teams played again Saturday in VCSU's home opener on Shelley Ellig Field at Lokken Stadium, the Vikings won again, 38-13.
All afternoon long, the defense consistently stopped the rushing attack, limiting Mayville to 140 yards of offense and only 90 from the ground.
Turnovers never help an offense, but Friday night, they seemed to hurt the Valley City High School football team a little more than normal.
After finishing the first half of their 22-16 home loss to Wahpeton with an eight point lead, the Hi-Liners struggled to find offensive momentum. And when they found bits of momentum, they were cut short by late turnovers that gave possession back to the Huskies.
"Turnovers killed us tonight, they really did," Valley City coach Scott Roehrich said.
The total for the second half was only three, but all came at crucial points.
Less than 24 hours before the Wings and Wheels Air Show was scheduled to start in Valley City, tragedy struck as Bob Odegaard, who was scheduled to perform in the air show was killed when the plane he was flying crashed during a practice run.
Odegaard, 66, of Kinded, N.D. was practicing for the air show Friday when â€śsomething went terribly wrong,â€ť at approximately 5:55 p.m., Sgt. Troy Hischer of the North Dakota Highway Patrol said Friday during a press conference.
Saturday, September 8
The 15th annual James River Senior Center Golf Tournament will be held at Hillcrest Golf Course in Jamestown. Shotgun start is at 9 a.m. This is a four person scramble with numerous prizes including hole in one prizes of a 2012 Buick Lacrosse from Don Wilhelm, a stay and play golf vacation to Las Vegas, Razr x Black driver and fairway woods 3,5, and a set of Razr x Black irons 4-sw. To sign up, call the James River Senior Center at 252-2882.