In one of the earlier matches of Valley City High School's 9-0 loss to Grand Forks Central, the No. 1 singles team of Dustin Miller and Ricky Paulson showed its true potential.
Playing against Brenden Sailor, a returning state doubles runner-up, and Andrew Thompson, Miller and Paulson won their first set 6-4 against the duo.
"Our confidence was up, we played as a team, we believed in that first set," Valley City coach Matt Nielson said.
But from there, it was all downhill as the Hi-Liners dropped the next two sets 6-1, 6-1.
It's rare for a football game to be decided on a single play, but a match up between the Griggs/Barnes County and the Maple Valley/Enderlin Falcons is not an everyday occurrence.
An incomplete pass by the Titans sealed an 18-13 victory for MV/E in the season-opening non-regional contest on Friday in Tower City.
After the unsuccessful throw on fourth down and 11 yards from the goal line, the Falcons took a knee to run out the final 66 seconds of the game.
It was just over two years that Amy Foell Harbaugh passed away from cancer but the Valley City native and alumni of both VCHS and Valley City State University, is still fresh in the minds of local runners.
Saturday morning, Amy Wieser Willson, a friend and classmate of Harbaughâ€™s, was among those at the Sheyenne Valley Shuffle sporting an â€śAmyâ€™s Teamâ€ť t-shirt and helping raise money for a scholarship fund in her memory.
The caused finished front and center and Wieser Willson crossed the finish line at Lokken Stadium, winning the womens championship in the 10K race.
VCHS football cancelled
The Valley City High School football team will have to wait another week to start its season. Inclement weather Friday forced the Hi-Liners' season opener in Carrington to be cancelled. The Hi-Liners' season opener will now be 7 p.m. Friday at home against Dickinson Trinity.
VCHS Volleyball goes 1-5
The Valley City High School volleyball team opened its season with a 1-5 record at the Bismarck High-Century High invitational crossover tournament Friday and Saturday.
By Scott Schlaufman email@example.com
When Valley City High School volleyball coach Katy Van Dyke entered the season, she set out to change things up.
From the general formula of practice to the way the team runs its 6-2 rotation, the Hi-Liners are building on familiar skills and adding a second defense to its repertoire.
"There's a lot more to what we've done in the past that we're going to do this year," Van Dyke said.
The Hi-Liners open the season today and Saturday with six matches at the Bismarck High/Bismarck Century Crossover tournament in Bismarck.
The Valley City High School boys tennis team only won a single match last year against an Eastern Dakota Conference regional opponent, but they made it count.
After going winless against regional competition last season, the team beat Fargo South 3-2 in the regional tournament play-in match
"If you're going to get one victory, that's the victory to get," coach Matt Nielson said.
Though the team eventually lost in the regional tournament, it gave the team a starting point and this year the Hi-Liners hope to continue their growth in the EDC.
The Valley City State University volleyball team showed glimpses of what its deep front line was capable of in Saturday's season opening losses to Waldorf (Iowa) College and Jamestown College.
Given the chances, the rotating barrage of Aurissa Martens, Jill Noeske, Rachel Hummel, Alley Theroux and Kelsey Labodi had no problem trying for kills.
The problem, especially in a three game loss to Jamestown, was a back line that struggled to get balls to its setter to run the offense as planned.
The Valley City State University volleyball team finished last season on a bit of a sour note when it narrowly missed the Association of Independent Institutions conference tournament.
Although the Vikings finished sixth in the final Association of Independent Institutions conference poll, technically good enough to get to the conference tournament, they were bumped out by the host team, which gets an automatic bid.
The Valley City Merchants won the menâ€™s slow pitch softball Division III (Class D) State Tournament this past weekend in Fargo. The Merchants went 5-0 and allowed only 6 runs in the tournament to win the state title.
They opened the the tournament Saturday by defeating Industrial Electric of Dickinson 10-0, and followed it with a 12-0 win over the Kensal Merchants.
Valley City closed out Saturday with a 5-1 win over Zimney Oil Field Services of Minot 5-1.
When the Barnes County Sheriff's Deputies and the Valley City State University freshmen played in the first annual Vikings vs. Deputies touch football game on Shelly Ellig Field at Lokken Stadium, it wasn't just the VCSU players making their public debut.
On the west end of the field, a video screen above the scoreboard lit up and spent the night displaying graphics as touchdowns were scored, interceptions caught, and big plays were made.