WEST FARGO â€” All season long, Enderlin/Maple Valley softball coach Neva Hamre knew her top two pitchers were sophomore Kaylee Johnson and junior Cassie Pautz. But with the success Johnson had throughout the season, Pautz didnâ€™t log a single pitch at the varsity level.
Until Thursday, that was, when she took to the circle in the Falconsâ€™ 18-2 win over Pembina County North to open the Class B state softball tournament at Elmwood Park in West Fargo.
â€śI only pitched two JV games, so it was a little nerve wracking,â€ť Pautz said.
VCHS golf team misses state
The Valley City High School golf team missed qualifying for state by one stroke Wednesday at the Eastern Dakota Conference regional meet in Fargo.
The Hi-Liners finished with a team score of 322 to finish seventh. Fargo South got the final state spot with 321.
Senior Nick Jenson led the team with a 73, which tied for 5th and earned him All-Region honors. Jenson, will be going to the state meet Tuesday and Wednesday in Dickinson with teammates Ben Sorenson and Jared Lentz. All three qualified individually last week.
Nick Jenson 38-35 73
Valley Cityâ€™s Saturday Farmers Market opens for the season Saturday at Hirschberger Park, said Becky Huber, who is managing this yearâ€™s market with brother Arlen.
This marks the 33rd year the Saturday market has been operating.
The Hubers are taking over management of the market this season from Sharon Clancy.
Huber has been selling her fresh local vegetables at the market â€śsince day one.â€ť
Helping the Hubers operate the market this year are Margaret Stoltz and Candy and Mike Rasmussen.
â€śWe need all the help we can get,â€ť Huber said.
Special to the Times-Record
May is Stroke Awareness Month, and City- County Health District and the Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control Policy (the Center) are using the opportunity to underscore how the connection between cigarette smoke and stroke reinforces the need for comprehensive smoke-free policies.
Stroke is the fourth-leading cause of death in the U.S., and people who smoke cigarettes are twice as likely to have a stroke.
Valley City Public Schools School Board member Sharon Buhr faces re-election this year, and her opponent is Valley City State University assistant professor Richard Ross. Both candidates have strong backgrounds in education and both sat down for interviews with Times-Record reporter David Luessen on Tuesday.
Photos by Deb Beilke/Special to the Times-Record
The Valley City High School track and field team handed out its end of season awards Tuesday night at the Hi-Liner Activity Center.
MLB All-Star balloting opened May 20. Once again, just 40 games into the season, this is entirely too early. With the game being held July 10 in Kansas City, you would think the league could hold off on balloting for another two or three weeks, allowing All-Stars to be evaluated through closer to one-third of their games, rather than just a fourth. In my eyes, however, an even bigger mistake than the small sample size of games is the Little League mindset used by Major League Baseball.
State softball starts today
The Class A and B state high school softball tournaments start today at Elmwood Field in West Fargo.
Enderlin/Maple Valley enters the first Class B tournament as the top seed in the South Region and opens the tournament against Pembina County North and is scheduled to start 35 minutes after the conclusion of a 4:30 p.m. game.
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VCTA summer activities
The registration deadline is coming up for several Valley City Tennis Association programs.
Those who spent Memorial Day weekend at Lake Ashtabulaâ€™s East Crossing resort might have noticed some new faces and a fresh coat of blue paint on the walls of the Ashtabula Crossing restaurant.
The popular eatery, located less than 20 miles from Valley City, is under new ownership as of April 9. Mary Jean Cuffe, formerly of Breezy Point, Minn., her sister Patty Hoff, and Pattyâ€™s husband Scott, formerly of Perley, Minn., purchased the restaurant and bar from former owner Bob Kelly.
Tim Kadrmas will miss working with the kids and adult volunteers after he finishes this year â€“ his final year â€“ directing the Valley City Soap Box Derby, but after 18 years in the job he decided it was time.
â€śLooking at the faces of rookies coming down the track the first time you can see it is thrilling and exhilarating for them â€“ you see the joy and fear and excitement in their faces.â€ť
This yearâ€™s North Dakota Soap Box Derby takes place June 8 and 9 in Valley City.