Valley City seniors Jessica Denholm and Dierra Diegel announced their college intentions on Thursday at the Hi-Liner Activities Center, where Denholm signed a letter of intent to advance her volleyball career as a setter at Waldorf College and Diegel signed to play basketball as a forward at Northern State University.
All six Hi-Liners carded season-best rounds Wednesday at CrossRoads Golf Course in Carrington, N.D., as junior Jared Lentzâ€™s sixth-place 76 led Valley City to seventh for four points at 330.
â€śConditions were maybe the best we have had all year, which is hard to believe, as they played 18 holes in the drizzle and rain today,â€ť Hi-Liner head coach Buff Murray said. â€śNo wind was a big plus for the first tournament this year.â€ť
Senior Dustin Miller shot an 83, freshman Drew Oberlander an 85, sophomore Collin Hoss an 86, freshman Levi Nix an 88, and junior Ian
Schweitzer a 90.
Viking sophomore Brady Anderson is the North Star Athletic Association Baseball Player of the Year and is one of six Vikings to receive postseason honors, the NSAA announced Monday at the conclusion of the conference tournament.
Anderson led the North Star with a .443 batting average, picked up 23 extra-base hits and hit three home runs, drove in 38 runs and led the Vikings with a .506 on-base percentage and a .678 slugging percentage. Anderson was also named the NAIA National Player of the Week on April 1, and is All-Conference as a utility.
Valley City State senior Brittany Lehner is the North Star Athletic Association Player of the Year, first-year head coach Elle Fracker is the Coach of the Year, and four more Vikings were named All-Conference, the NSAA announced Monday.
Lehner, of Watertown, S.D., led regular season conference champion Valley City State with a .382 batting average, six home runs, 27 RBIs, a .629 slugging percentage and a .409 on-base percentage. Lehner is also an All-Conference at-large player.
Fracker led the Vikings to a 10-2 conference record and their first conference championship since 1990.
Hi-Liner girls tennis finished April 24â€™s weather-abbreviated match against Wahpeton 8-1 at West Fargo on Tuesday, then crossed town to take out Fargo North, 7-2.
â€śWe finished off the Wahpeton match very well,â€ť Valley City coach Matthew Nielson said. â€śThe Doubles came out and dominated the rest of their matches and we rolled right into Singles, where we took care of business. Doubles is definitely our strong suit, as we have not lost a Doubles match against the No. 4-through-No. 9-ranked teams in the EDC.â€ť
Hi-Liner softball endured West Fargoâ€™s 10-run fourth inning in Tuesdayâ€™s 15-3 opening defeat, then tightened up the defense but fell 7-1 in game two.
â€śI was glad that, in the second game, we didnâ€™t just fall apart,â€ť Valley City head coach Jason Lindgren said. â€śWe could have come back and fallen apart and given up 10 or 11 runs in the second one, too, but we didnâ€™t ... the top of the orderâ€™s got to start hitting â€” theyâ€™re the ones you count on, and thatâ€™s why theyâ€™re in the top of the order â€” and they havenâ€™t done that for the last couple games.â€ť
Valley City State menâ€™s golf took eighth place in April 26 and 27â€™s MCAC/North Star Conference Championship meet in Nebraska.
Menâ€™s teams played 36 holes on April 26â€™s Day 1 before April 27â€™s scheduled third round was canceled due to rain. The Vikings shot a 337 in the first round, then improved by 20 shots with a 317 in the second round.
Valley City State senior third base Liz Hall-Sewell is the North Star Athletic Association Softball Player of the Week, the NSAA announced Monday.
Hall Sewell, of North Pole, Alaska, completed her Viking career on 5-for-7 batting with a double and a pair of two-run home runs in Valley City Stateâ€™s three-game North Star/Frontier Conference Postseason Tournament stretch. Hall Sewell drove in four runs, drew four walks and batted .714 with a slugging percentage of 1.714 in the tournament.
Hi-Liner track and field set 20 new personal bests and placed in three events at Fridayâ€™s Packer Relays Invitational in West Fargo.
â€śIt was a good meet for a lot of kids,â€ť Valley City head coach Trevor Bakalar said. â€śI knew we had a few [personal bests], but I didnâ€™t think so many. The older kids were gone for the New York Trip, so we went with sophomores and juniors. Itâ€™s a real indication of where we may fit for Regionals [May 17 at Cushman Field in Grand Forks, N.D.]: where can we get personal bests, where can they best qualify, and where can they help us out the most?â€ť