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Building on experience: VCHS softball returns plenty of players from last year's state contenders

April 3, 2012

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-Liners’ success.
But what the team may lack in age, the girls make up for in experience.
“You’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 they’ve got a lot of varsity experience,” coach Jason Lindgren said. “It’s not new to them.”

VCPR hosting adult softball rules clinic

April 2, 2012

There is a Rules Clinic at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3rd at the American Legion. Anyone interested in or considering umping this summer is welcome to attend. Sponsor fees are due on Monday, April 2 at 5 p.m. at the Rec Center office.
Pick up rosters at the Valley City Parks & Recreation office. If you have any questions, call 845-3294.

VCSU softball goes 4-2 at tourney

April 2, 2012

After dropping the first two games on Friday at the Morningside College Invitational Softball Tournament, the Valley City State University softball team rattled off four wins in a row to finish the tournament 4-2.
In game one on Friday, Bellevue (Neb.) University scored five runs in the bottom of the first and led the entire way in a 7-2 victory. The Vikings mustered only six hits with freshman Shayna Taffinder leading the way with a 2-2 performance at the plate. Jen Shadlock took the loss for the Vikings in the circle.

VCSU shows strong spirit in 1-3 performance at DAC tourney

April 2, 2012

JAMESTOWN — The way Valley City State University baseball coach Casey Olney looks at it, the success his team had wasn’t necessarily in the box scores of its Dakota Athletic Conference preseason tournament games.
In the weekend, the team went 1-3. The Vikings lost double header at home Saturday to Dickinson State University and Jamestown College, but rebounded with a13-6 win over Dickinson Sunday in Jamestown before closing it out with a 12-2 loss to the Jimmies.

March 30 local digest: VCSU basketball, baseball and softball; VC Parks and Rec offering new classes

April 2, 2012

New VCPR classes starting
Valley City Parks and Recreation is offering two new classes, step aerobics and yoga, starting Monday.
Step Aerobics will be offered at the Rec Center starting Monday, April 2. This class is planned for Mondays and Thursdays from 5:15 p.m. until 6 p.m. in the fitness room upstairs at the Rec Center. The class will be low impact with an upbeat, fun atmosphere with easy to follow routines and light weights to strengthen bones & increase muscle mass. Classes will be instructed by Deb White.

VCSU track gets ready for outdoor season

April 2, 2012

There aren’t many teams that get over a month off from competition in mid-season.
But ever since the Valley City State University track and field team last ran a full meet Feb. 16, the majority of the team has been training for the outdoor season, which starts Saturday when members of the team go to Dickinson State for the first outdoor meet of the year.
“That was a good opportunity for us to train,” said coach Ken Frenette, who previously coached at Campbell University in North Carolina, which has a smaller transition period between the seasons.

North Dakota Outdoors: New fishing regulations set to take effect

March 29, 2012

I don’t necessarily consider myself old, but I do know I’m old enough to remember the drought of the late 1980s and early 1990s when Devils Lake was hardly visible from Minnewaukan, and one day I walked across the parched bottom of Hobart Lake in Barnes County.
Since a wet cycle started in 1993, construction crews have had to build up Interstate 94, which runs through Hobart Lake, because of rising water, and Minnewaukan today is nearly surrounded by Devils Lake.

Our Outdoors: Getting the most out of fishing photos

March 29, 2012

As the adage goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words,” a fishing picture, however means never having to face an inquisition from friends or foes at the local watering hole. While any snap, from a camera phone on up to top-of-the-line photography equipment, will preserve the memory and the proof of your catch, there are several ways you can make it a wall-hanger of a moment.
Preserve the Profile

VCSU baseball team ready to start "second season"

March 29, 2012

As anyone in Valley City will tell you, winter doesn’t always treat springs sports teams well.
But as this last winter progressed in a mild fashion, Valley City State University baseball coach Casey Olney and his coaching counterparts at Dickinson State University and Jamestown College kicked around the idea of moving the Dakota Athletic Conference preseason tournament from sites in South Dakota to local fields.
But even those talks were done with a hint of caution as coaches waited to see whether their fields would be playable.

Vikings split softball series with Bemidji

March 28, 2012

On a cold and windy day, the Valley City State University Vikings dropped the opening game at NCAA Division II opponent Bemidji (Minn.) State 2-0 before rebounding in the second game to salvage a split with a 6-2 victory.
Game one flew by as both pitchers worked quickly and limited each team’s offenses. The Beavers gave pitcher Courtney Anderson a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first and it was all the room she needed as Anderson held the Viking bats to just three hits in seven innings.

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