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VCSU Digest: Frenette named new track, cross country coach; hoops sweep DAC awards

December 23, 2011

Staff report
The Valley City State University cross-country and track & field teams are getting a new coach, and one with plenty of NCAA Division I experience no less.
Ken Frenette, who spent 23 years coaching the mens and womens cross country teams Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C., was named the Vikings' new head coach in a release Friday.

Rise of the Raiders: Maple Valley girls off to 4-0 start

December 23, 2011

Entering this season, Maple Valley High School girls basketball coach Jeff Miller was cautiously optimistic.
"I knew we'd be better than last year and I knew we'd be able to surprise some teams," Miller said. "I thought we would maybe get off to a slower start and then start picking it up at the end of the year once they started playing together."
But after beating Griggs County Central 54-31 Tuesday, "better than last year" is a goal the team has already achieved.

LMM girls lose, boys win; BCN girls beat LaMoure

December 22, 2011

The Litchville-Marion/Montpelier basketball teams had mixed success in Tuesday’s games at Ellendale.
On one hand, the girls struggled to score and lost 65-28, but on the other, the boys picked up their second win of the year.
In the girls game, the Rebels were hurt by a bad first half in which they were outscored 39-7.
Ellendale led 20-2 after the first quarter and then scored 19 more in the second.
LMM had scored 21 points in the second half, including 13 in the third quarter.
Tasha Piehl and Tanys Ulmer led LMM with six points each and Brenna Rodin had five, including a 3-pointer.

Free throw follies: VCHS girls go 0-11 at the line, lose 48-41 to Fargo Davies

December 21, 2011

Valley City High School girls basketball coach Jim McDaniel was plenty pleased with how his team played in Tuesday’s 48-41 home loss to Fargo Davies.
All night long, the Hi-Liners set the pace of the game, came back from small deficits and continued to play with a balanced offensive attack.
“I thought we handled their size, I thought we handled their pressure fine, I liked the pace of the game,” McDaniel said. “I liked a lot of the things we did, the key stat for us is that we were 0 for 11 at the free-throw line.”
It was that 0-11 stat that came back to haunt the Hi-Liners.

Local Digest: Maple Valley and LMM basketball, VCSU players win awards

December 20, 2011

Maple Valley boys get weekend sweep

The Maple Valley boys basketball team had few problems offensively or defensively last weekend with home wins over Enderlin and North Sargent.
Thursday the Raiders beat Enderlin 60-39.
Maple Valley allowed only ten points in each of the first three quarters and had a 39-20 lead by halftime.
Ethen Preston led the Raiders with 16 points, including a 4-4 performance at the free-throw line, and was one of four players to score in double digits for the team.

VCHS girls hope offensive balance leads to wins

December 20, 2011

In a 61-54 win last week against Fargo South, the Valley City girls basketball team played the epitome of a balanced game.
The Hi-Liners five starters —guards Megan McDaniel and Amanda Tangen, forwards Jenna Jacob and Mariah Olstad, and center Allyson Suhr — combined for all but 56 of the points.
Not only did all of them hit double digits in scoring but the lowest scoring starter, Tangen, finished with only two less points than the team’s leaders in scoring, Suhr and Olstad, who had 12. The other two starters had 11.

Despite delays, 49ers beat Steelers

December 20, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger threw a few extra passes in near darkness after the lights went out at Candlestick Park.
The additional throws were all for naught. Big Ben never found his groove playing on a bum ankle — and the San Francisco 49ers’ top-ranked defense wasn’t about to let the most unique of home-field advantages get away in a 20-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night.
“Just wondering how this happens at a professional stadium,” Roethlisberger said of not one but two blackouts.
Monday Night Football nearly became a Monday Night Fiasco.

Undem pulls out last-second victory to win 145 pound championship at Holiday Tournament

December 20, 2011

As Shane Undem neared the end the 145-pound championship wrestling match at the Valley City Holiday Tournament Saturday, even he had his doubts over whether he’d be able to pull out a win.
With the clock ticking down into the final 20 seconds against Wahpeton’s Wyatt Meyer, the Valley City High School junior trailed 6-5 and Meyer wasn’t giving him much to work with.
“He’s a strong defensive wrestler and when you get someone like that it’s hard. They’re good at what they do on defense and it’s hard to generate any moves against him.”

VCHS Senior Willson proud of unique abilities

December 20, 2011

For as long as Molly Willson can remember, she’s been a gymnast.
And the way Valley City High School senior looks at it, the sport has given her abilities that very few others possess.
“It’s different, it’s not like the usual sport that everyone’s in,” Willson said. “Everyone’s in basketball and those sports. It’s nice to be in something that not everyone can do because anyone can go shoot a basketball. Not anyone can flip on a floor.”

Minnesota Vikings fall 42-20 to Saints

December 20, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings faced a quarterback they simply couldn’t stop. Christian Ponder saw a future role model.
Drew Brees threw for 412 yards in a little more than three quarters for New Orleans and got his fifth touchdown pass before Ponder’s fifth completion, leading the surging Saints to their sixth straight victory, 42-20 over the Vikings on Sunday.

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