April 6th, 2012
Itâ€™s a warm Wednesday afternoon, and six-year-old Rebekah Kauffman is sitting on a couch next to her mother, Misti, at the familyâ€™s house in north Valley City.
A bundle of energy, Rebekah isnâ€™t one to keep still for a minute â€” frequently glancing around for one of her siblings, then laughing and showing off her bright smile.
But as sheâ€™s asked questions, goes quiet, opting for quick, one-word answers.
â€śYou donâ€™t have to be this quiet,â€ť Misti tells her. â€śYouâ€™re never this quiet.â€ť
Nor is she that shy.
By almost any measure, Valley City State University pitcher Ryan Shaw kept it simple in Thursdayâ€™s 11-2 win over Dickinson State University, the second game of a double header between the teams.
â€śI was throwing fastballs and curveballs, trying to hit my spots,â€ť Shaw said.
Simple as it sounds, it worked. The Blue Hawks were limited to four hits and two runs, only one earned, helping the Vikings split the first two games of a four game series. Dickinson won Thursdayâ€™s series opening game 6-2.
The teams play again today at Charlie Brown Field with a double header starting at noon.
Valley City State University mens basketball coach Jeff Kaminsky announced earlier this week that Sedrick Jennings, originally from Killeen High School in Killeen, Texas, has signed a letter of intent to attend VCSU and join the Viking basketball program for next season.
He spent last season at Temple (Tex.) College and will have three seasons of eligibility remaining with the Vikings.
Raise your hand if you knew my mom Pat (Kranz) Larson. She was born in 1930. Thatâ€™s an important piece of trivia. I think that particular era explains what Iâ€™m about to share with you. She escaped her Electric Mobility Scooter and Iâ€™m certain was gifted working legs in the sky once she arrived. Sheâ€™s in Heaven now. Most of you only knew my mom from her scooter days after she had her stroke. She called it her Cadillac. She was the woman who would drive around the town with that extremely decorated electric scooter.
SANBORN, N.D. â€” â€śEight minutes, which ainâ€™t bad,â€ť business owner Terry Didier said as he clicked off the timer on the TV in the lobby of Didierâ€™s Ag Center located on Main Avenue in Sanborn.
â€śNow eight minutes might be the difference between life or death for a rescue team.â€ť
Starting the season off against high level competition isnâ€™t an easy thing to do.
Though the Hi-Liners did what they could in a 12-1 loss to Red River High School in six innings Tuesday, the team left with plenty to work on.
Primarily on the defensive end, where eight players from last season took the field, with only one, pitcher Keely Fogarty, out of her spot from last year.
FARGO â€” The North Dakota State University baseball team capitalized on three first inning errors to jump out to an early lead and eventual 14-4 victory over Valley City State Tuesday at Newman Outdoor Field.
North Dakota State (19-5) had its first four batters go up to the plate before recording an out. NDSU scored five runs in the first inning off of three hits by Nick Colwell, Kyle Kleinendorst and Trevor Jaunich.
NDSU had five different pitchers throw with Anthony Kliniske tossing two scoreless relief innings and earning his first win of the season.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) â€” North Dakota's Supreme Court said Tuesday that voters should decide whether to keep the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux nickname before the courts judge whether a pro-nickname law violates the state constitution.
The court's split ruling clears the way for North Dakotans to weigh in on Measure 4, a referendum about whether UND must continue using the nickname and a separate American Indian warrior profile logo.
The measure goes to a statewide vote June 12. If Fighting Sioux supporters lose, UND intends to drop the nickname and logo.
Valley City State University @ Jamestown College
3 p.m./5 p.m. at McElroy Park in Jamestown
Valley City High School vs. Red River
4:30 p.m. Varsity;6 p.m. JV at the VCSU softball fields
Valley City State @ North Dakota State University
5 p.m. at Newman Outdoor Field in Fargo
Valley City High School @ Red River in Grand Forks
5 p.m./7 p.m. at Kraft Field (V)/Apollo Complex (JV)
Track and Field
Valley City High School @ Lisbon Invitational, 3 p.m.
VCHS @ EDC meet at West Fargo HS, 3 p.m.
Valley City High School softball coach Jason Lindgren is the first to admit that his team is plenty young.
With only five seniors, there are numerous freshmen and sophomores that contribute to the Hi-Linersâ€™ success.
But what the team may lack in age, the girls make up for in experience.
â€śYouâ€™re counting on a lot of younger people but they, the sophomores for example, have been playing a lot since they were 8th graders, they saw time when they were 7th graders, so theyâ€™ve got a lot of varsity experience,â€ť coach Jason Lindgren said. â€śItâ€™s not new to them.â€ť