For better or worse, the first inning has made the difference for the Valley City High School softball team recently.
Against West Fargo Tuesday, the Hi-Liners struggled out of the gate and couldnâ€™t catch up to the top-ranked Class A team in the state.
But in Thursdayâ€™s 7-4 win over No. 4 Fargo North, it was a different story.
The Hi-Liners opened the game by getting Northâ€™s first three batters out in succession, then came back and scored three of their first five batters to take a 3-0 lead that the team never gave up.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) â€” The Minnesota Vikings moved to within a governor's signature of getting a new $975 million stadium on Thursday after the state Senate approved a plan that relies heavily on public financing.
Gov. Mark Dayton has said he'll sign the measure, meaning the Senate's 36-30 vote was effectively the final barrier for the stadium. The House passed it overnight.
Photo by Kirk Olson/Special to the Times-Record
Karina Olson, Olivia Olson, Michaela Thibert, and Jocey Kriewald were among those representing Valley City Sunday at the Team NoDak youth track meet in Fargo. The four won the 4x100 meter relay race with a time of 1:03.45. The team members also had success individually. In the Bantam division, Olivia Olson took fifth place in the 100 meter dash and seventh in the 400. Kriewald, also racing with the Bantams, took seventh in the 100 and fifth in the 400. In the midget division, Kriewald took seventh place in the 400 and 10th in the 200.
ELMHURST, Ill.--North Dakota State freshman pitcher Krista Menke earned dual honors as The Summit League Pitcher and Freshman of the Year, while Southern Utah junior outfielder Mikkel Griffin was named Summit League Player of the Year as the league announced its annual awards Wednesday.Â Individual awards and all-league teams were selected in a voting of the leagueâ€™s nine head coaches.
Photo by Anthony Cuypers/Special to the Times-Record
Drew Oberlander, a seventh grader at Valley City Junior High School, shot a hole-in-one Wednesday during a junior high tournament at Bjornson Public Golf Course. Oberlander sunk the shot on the courseâ€™s second hole, a par-3, with a 3-wood. He is the 30th golfer to sink an ace since the course opened in 1994. Valley City native Tom Kellogg had a hole-in-one last Thursday on the courseâ€™s fourth hole.
Tennis Block Party tonight
The Valley City Tennis Association is celebrating May as National Tennis Month.
VCTA will host its annual Tennis Block Party at the Valley City Rec Center, from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.
There will be games and prizes for all ages.
A name was omitted from a photo (â€śA black belt affairâ€ť) published in the May 4-6 edition of the Times-Record.
Evan Haglund, a junior black belt, is pictured in the bottom row of the photo. He is second on the left, standing between Drew Jacobson and Sharon Michael.
In the first inning of their 11-2 loss to West Fargo Tuesday at the Valley City State University softball complex, the girls of the Valley City High School softball team were almost too eager to be taking on the top team in the Eastern Dakota Conference.
From the get-go the Hi-Liners were leaping for liners, diving for shallow flies, but without much luck.
It wasnâ€™t until they settled down that things started working.
â€śConfidence is all we need to work on,â€ť said Valley City assistant coach Erika Calkins. â€śWeâ€™re starting to get there and weâ€™re starting to improve.â€ť
Photo by Deb Beilke/Special to the Times-Record
April Berntson was among the top finishers for Valley City High School at the Packer Relays Friday in West Fargo. Berntson took sixth in the 1,600 as the Hi-Liner girls took 11th of the 13 teams at the meet with five points. The Hi-Liner boys did not score at the meet.
The West Fargo High School softball team is, simply, among the elite softball teams locally.
"They're pretty much undefeated in North Dakota for two years now, at least," Valley City High School coach Jason Lindgren. "I bet they don't have five losses all together in those two years."
It's a record that could strike fear into many opponents, but will be a welcome challenge against the Hi-Liners Tuesday when the teams play a one-point game at 4:30 p.m. at the Valley City State University softball complex.