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February 21st, 2012

Hi-Liners place 7th at State, Larson takes 195 pound championship

February 21, 2012

By Scott Schlaufman
trsports@times-online.com
BISMARCK — Brandon Larson’s 16-0 tech fall win over West
Fargo’s Drew Johnston wasn’t the quickest match he’s had all year.
Heck, a week earlier the senior finished Johnson off in the first
period.
But the final time the two squared off this season was for
the 195-pound state championship, so it wasn’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

February 19th

Larson's last shot: VCHS senior motivated by pursuit of state championship

February 19, 2012

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.
“He holds school records for most takedowns, most wins, most pins, most everything,” Aaron Larson, Brandon’s father and VCHS coach said earlier this week. “He’s probably the best wrestler the school’s ever had.”
But for all that Brandon has accomplished, his drive for his last tournament as a Hi-Liner this weekend is based on what he hasn’t done — win a state championship.

February 16th

VCSU women get big run to keep post-season hopes alive

February 16, 2012

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.

VCSU men can't overcome second-half deficit

February 16, 2012

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.

February 7th

Mild weather gives VCSU baseball, softball a chance to practice outside

February 7, 2012

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 — 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."

2/7/12 Sports Digest: VCSU, High School basketball

February 7, 2012

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.

Stellar second half lifts Vikings over Comets

February 7, 2012

With the season down to its final few games, Valley City State University mens basketball coach Jeff Kaminsky knows his team is hungry to achieve its ultimate goal — a berth in the NAIA Division II national tournament.
So at halftime of Saturday’s 73-48 win over Dakota Athletic Conference opponent Mayville State University at W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse, he had no problem reminding the Vikings just what they were playing for.

Knights' run defeats Hi-Liner boys

February 7, 2012

The Valley City High School boys basketball team
seemed on the verge of its first Eastern Dakota Conference
win Friday.
Chase Carpenter closed out the first half of the
weekend opening game against Grand Forks Central
with a 3-pointer and the team carried the momentum
into the first six minutes of the second half to take a
39-36 lead with 12 minutes left.
But as quickly as the Hi-Liners got the lead, it
disappeared over the next seven minutes as the visiting
Knights went on a run to go up 12 points, which
the Hi-Liners couldn’t make up in the 64-53 loss.

Valley Twisters perform well at recent meets

February 7, 2012

By Elizabeth Anderson
Special to the Times-Record
The Valley Twisters gymnastics teams performed well in meets last month.
The team started by competing in the 2012 Frosty Classic, held in Valley City Jan. 14 and 15.
The Twisters Level 4 team took third, but did not have enough athletes for a team score in Levels 5 or 6.
For the Level 4 team Jennifer Anderson was 1st on the Balance Beam. Olivia Olson placed 10th. Michaela Thiebert placed 4th on the Uneven Bars and 4th on the Vault with a score 9.4. Anderson placed 9th on Vault with a 9.3. Anderson also placed 7th on Floor.

Wrestlers lose close dual to Jamestown

February 7, 2012

With only five juniors and seniors, but plenty of success, it's easy to forget just how young some of Valley City High School's wrestlers are.
But in Thursday's 36-33 home dual loss to Jamestown, several of the Hi-Liners struggled against older competition in key matches.
"In reality we're a really young team," said Valley City coach Aaron Larson. "We wrestled fine, of course we wanted to win, but we're learning."
Larson said the dual played out about how he expected it to, with one of the key matches coming at 132 pounds.

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