At 6 feet, 6 inches tall, Ty Buttrey stands well over his grandmother, Valley Cityâ€™s Jacquette â€śKettaâ€ť Stricklin.
Side by side, Kettaâ€™s head hardly reaches her grandsonâ€™s shoulder.
â€śHe didnâ€™t get the height from me,â€ť she jokes.
His response is more matter-of-fact.
â€śI got the athletic ability from you,â€ť he quickly responds.
Buttrey, who graduated from high school earlier this month in North Carolina, was ranked by Baseball America as the #38 prospect in the Major League Baseball draft, which took place earlier this month.
â€śRally for the Cureâ€ť approaching
The Valley City Town and Country Club will be hosting the â€śRally for the Cureâ€ť golf tournament Wednesday.
The tournament is a two-person scramble starting at noon. The $50 fee includes 18 holes, muffins, door prizes, dinner, a $20 donation to Susan G. Komen For the Cure, and more.
There will also be a quilt raffle in conjunction with the event.
To register call Susan Jorissen at 840-0165 or Debb Bjornson at 840-1088, or visit events.rallyforthecure.com/VCTCC.
As the clock passed 9 p.m. Friday and darkness started to replace the natural light at Charlie Brown Memorial Field, the Valley City Post 60 baseball team had two goals.
First â€” Get through the fifth inning of its second game that night with Galchutt. Second â€” Scrap a few runs together and get the win.
By the time the game finished roughly 20 minutes later, both tasks were complete as the team, which played as the visitor on the score board in the second game, won 4-3 after scoring three runs in the top of the fifth.
Thereâ€™s quite an age difference between long-time Valley City resident Jacquette â€śKettaâ€ť Stricklin, 84, her grandson, Ty Buttrey, a recent high school graduate in North Carolina.
Besides genetics, the two have at least one thing in common â€” an uncanny ability on the diamond.
Stricklin celebrates her 85th birthday Saturday, and Ty Buttrey will be among those making the trip up to celebrate.
The Valley City Post 60 American Legion baseball team plays plenty of double headers throughout its season, but Thursdayâ€™s home games at Charlie Brown Memorial Field had a slight twist on the formula.
Rather than playing one opponent twice, Post 60 beat Great Bend 6-2, then immediately played Wahpeton in a 12-0 loss.
â€śItâ€™s kind of like playing in a tournament,â€ť said Valley City coach Jason Beilke. â€śItâ€™s two games in a row with two different teams.â€ť
The two games, both of which were rescheduled from earlier in the season, ended up being played differently.
Post 60 games starting earlier
After having games with Wahpeton and Enderlin postponed earlier this week, the Valley City Post 60 American Legion baseball team will resume its season today with a double header against Great Bend.
The double header was rescheduled from June 7. The first game is scheduled for a 4 p.m. start with game two set for 6 p.m.
Post 60 also plays Friday at 5:30 p.m. against Galchutt.
Babe Ruth splits double header
The Valley City Babe Ruth baseball team split a double header in LaMoure Tuesday.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) â€” Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman says they have no interest in trading star receiver Percy Harvin.
Spielman spoke Wednesday afternoon a few hours after word spread that Harvin had requested a trade. Harvin lashed out Tuesday, saying he was unhappy with several issues on the team, but did not specify what was bothering him.
Harvin has two years left on his rookie contract. He was at the Vikings' mandatory minicamp practice Wednesday morning but did not speak to reporters.
Wondering what topic to write about this week, I found myself sitting around a campfire at a friendâ€™s lake cabin Friday night. As the twelve of us visited and bounced from topic to topic, the mood was very laid back, as you would expect from a weekend at the cabin. And then one personâ€™s name was brought up, causing the calm, laid back chatter to suddenly turn serious and defensive.
That name was LeBron James.
The Valley City Babe Ruth baseball team didnâ€™t necessarily play badly in its final game of the annual Pizza Corner Classic.
The problem in its 10-0 loss to Steele afternoon was that a few unlucky breaks added up and left the team with a 6th place finish in its own tournament.
The two-day tournament wrapped up Sunday at Charlie Brown Memorial Field and featured teams from southwestern North Dakota.
â€śWe had a snowball effect,â€ť said coach Lance Lukes. â€śWe made a mistake, we made another one after that, and it led to a big inning for them.â€ť
Post 60 begins week of league play
The Valley City Post 60 baseball team kicks off a week full of Section 1 play with a home game today against Enderlin at 5:30 p.m. at Charlie Brown Memorial Field.
Post 60 has home games this week with Wahpeton Wednesday, Great Bend Thursday, and Galchutt Friday. All have a 5:30 p.m. start.