Freshman Riley Miller defeated Fargo South junior Owen Duncan, 7-5, 1-6, 6-4, on the road Thursday, an 8-1 Hi-Liner loss, in Valley Cityâs final league tuneup before a do-or-die Regional match.
âWe finished eighth in the EDC [1-7 EDC, 1-9 overall], which means that we will host the play-in match this coming Monday at 4:30 p.m. against Wahpeton [0-8 EDC, 0-10 overall],â Hi-Liner head coach Matt Nielson said. âWinnerâs team season continues on Thursday at Regionals. Loserâs team season is done, but top seven will still play the individual tournament next Friday and Saturday in Grand Forks.â
Name something that Hi-Liner volleyball has plenty of.
Wahpetonâs two-set comeback made it a family feud on Thursdayâs Parents Night at the Hi-Liner Activities Center, but the fifth-set survey said âheartâ as Valley City never trailed for the 15-10 win and the 3-2 (25-10, 25-9, 22-25, 19-25, 15-10) match to avoid becoming the Huskiesâ first Eastern Dakota Conference victims.
Valley City led 9-2 in the opening set for the 25-10 edge, and 10-1 in the second on the way to a 25-9 count.
Hi-Liner boys tennis is getting better, just in time for Sept. 25âs Regionals in Grand Forks.
Dalton Ondracek and Brandon Miller won their first No. 1 Doubles match at the West Fargo Invite on Sept. 13, splitting sets in the match to get to the semifinals, which would have guaranteed them fourth, but fell in the super tie-breaker. Ondracek and Miller won two matches on the consolation side and played to seven-all in the fifth-place match, an eight-game pro-set, but South proved too much and won, 9-7.
Fifty-eight-year-old Dale Gallagher took first in Saturdayâs 5k Sheyenne Valley Shuffle, from which participants set out from and finished at Valley City State University, edging 38-year-old David Musgrave by only 18 seconds.
The last three weeks have been a busy time for Wilbur Gabel.
First up, three weeks ago Wilbur won the State Elders Singles Championship in Horseshoes for the third consecutive year, then last weekend he and his Grandson Noah teamed up to win the State Class A Doubles Championship.
Noah also won his fourth State Cadet Singles Championship the week before.
Maple Valley trailed by no more than six until the third set Tuesday night in Tower City, but Sargent Centralâs defense kept their side of the court cleaner and handed the Raiders their first loss, 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-16).
Nix, the 6-foot, 4-inch sophomore quarterback, climbed the ladder, split two defenders at the 15-yard line and danced into the end zone in Wahpeton on Monday night, but Husky 5-foot, 9-inch sophomore quarterback Tyler Breuer and all his rowdy friends handed the junior varsity Hi-Liners their first loss in three years, 42-6.
âI donât think they were that much better than us,â Hi-Liner coach Jim Breckheimer said. âBut the wheels fell off.â
âThey took us out of our gameplan,â Valley City coach Ty Allen said.
Power running met air attacks as Nate Rodriguez and AA No. 5 Valley City opened East Region action on the road against Zak Hernandez and Grafton on Friday, but defense made the difference in the end.
Up 20-14 late in the fourth quarter, Grafton held on a goal line stand for the upset.
Eli Allenâs five-yard first quarter touchdown run completed a 70-yard drive. Hernandezâs two-yard run tied it at 6-6, but Rodriguezâs rushing touchdown and Cody Halversonâs two-point catch in the second quarter put Valley City up 14-6.
Brian Engelhard, Hi-Liner Cross Country Head Coach
Saturdayâs meet in Fargo turned into a major gathering of Eastern Dakota Conference powers and other schools from Minnesota and North Dakota. It was good preparation for EDC [Regionals], which will be coming in only four weeks.
Solid performances were turned in by several Hi-Liners; tough competition, cool weather and a flat course led to several personal-best times. Every one of the Hi-Liner boys competing had a PR for [his] respective distance. Several of the girls had their best times of the season.
Varsity Boys 5k
25. Casey Engelhard 17:37 PR