February 24th, 2012
The VCHS Girls' Basketball play-in game on Saturday, Feb. 25, in Devils Lake, has
been moved up to begin at 3 p.m. due to concerns with the weather. This is a change from the original game time of 5 p.m. that printed in Friday's Times-Record.
The Hi-Liner boys will begin their EDC play-in game at Grand Forks Central at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Maple Valley boys advance
The Maple Valley boys basketball team advanced to the second round of the Region 1 tournament with a 50-48 win over Lidgerwood-Wyndmere in Fargo.
The Raiders were behind 13-7 at the end of the first quarter but battled back to tie it 22-22 at halftime. The game went back and forth and was tied 38-38 at the end of the third quarter.
Ethen Preston led the Raiders with 15 points, Jordan Haseleu had 14 and Ty Smith had 10.
The Raiders play Central Cass tonight at 7:30 in the tournament semifinal at the Fargo Civic Center.
District 5 girls bracket set
Things didnâ€™t go as well as the Valley City State University mens basketball team would have liked in the final three games of the regular season.
After losing only six of their first 26 games, the Vikings finished the season with three straight losses to Jamestown College, Dickinson State University and Mayville State University.
But with the Association of Independent Institutions conference tournament this weekend, the losses are a thing of the past.
With two crucial games coming up this week, Fridayâ€™s 65-34 win over
Lisbon gave the Valley City High School girls basketball team a nice
break from the rigors of Eastern Dakota Conference play.
â€śThis gives us a kind of a new start to the season and our momentum
can build from here,â€ť said Valley City coach Jim McDaniel. â€śWe canâ€™t falter anymore.â€ť
So even though the real test will be the teamâ€™s final two games next week
â€” Tuesday against Fargo Shanley and Thursday against Devils Lake â€” the
Hi-Liners enjoyed a night against Class B competition.
By Scott Schlaufman
BISMARCK â€” Brandon Larsonâ€™s 16-0 tech fall win over West
Fargoâ€™s Drew Johnston wasnâ€™t the quickest match heâ€™s had all year.
Heck, a week earlier the senior finished Johnson off in the first
But the final time the two squared off this season was for
the 195-pound state championship, so it wasnâ€™t about how fast
the win was, it was simply that it got done.
After the referee gave Larson his final three points to clinch
the tech fall in the third round at the Bismarck Civic Center, he
Even before the NDHSAA State Wrestling Tournament started Thursday at the Bismarck Civic Center, Valley City High School senior Brandon Larson could make a case for his place among the top grapplers in school history.
â€śHe holds school records for most takedowns, most wins, most pins, most everything,â€ť Aaron Larson, Brandonâ€™s father and VCHS coach said earlier this week. â€śHeâ€™s probably the best wrestler the schoolâ€™s ever had.â€ť
But for all that Brandon has accomplished, his drive for his last tournament as a Hi-Liner this weekend is based on what he hasnâ€™t done â€” win a state championship.
With a spot in the Association of Independent Institutions conference tournament on the line in the last two games of the year, Valley City State University coach Jill DeVries entered Wednesday's game against Dickinson State University hoping to see a little fire from her team.
Although the Vikings showed sparks early in the first half, it wasn't until the second half that those sparks turned into something real, erupting into a 34-3 run in the second half, which gave the Vikings a 77-51 win.
Valley City State University mens basketball coach Jeff Kaminsky didn't have many problem's with his team's efforts trying to make up a large deficit in the second half of Wednesday's 74-65 home loss to Dickinson State University.
What bothered him was that his team trailed 38-20 at the end of the first half.
"We allowed a team that was basically playing a very saggy defense to dictate the tempo and slow us down," Kaminsky said. "We changed that in the second half, but it shouldn't take halftime to do that. That's what disappointed me.
When the Valley City State University baseball and softball teams take the field in late February or early March for their first games of the year, their coaches generally don't expect perfection in the field.
It's simple reasoning â€” typically the teams are stuck indoors due to winter weather and it isn't until just before those first games that players get to see live fly balls and ground balls.
"Those first games outside have always been a bit of a challenge for us," said VCSU baseball coach Casey Olney. "There's just things you can't really work on in the gym."
2-6 local digest
Vikings given player of the week awards
Valley City State University basketball players Sekani Milligen and Alyssa Hummel were named the Dakota Athletic Conference Players of the Week Monday.
Milligen played a key role in the Vikings' wins over then-No. 7 Jamestown College Wednesday and Mayville State Saturday.
On the road against the rival Jimmies he led both teams with 26 points and went 9-11 at the free throw line. He then scored 22 against Mayville, which included four 3-pointers and five rebounds.