Valley City State sophomore Brady Anderson is a 2014 NAIA Baseball All-America Honorable Mention, the NAIA national office announced Monday.
A catcher, infielder and Jamestown, N.D. native, Anderson was voted Player of the Year in the North Star Athletic Association after batting .443 with 38 RBIs, 23 extra-base hits and a .678 slugging percentage.
Hi-Liner senior pitcher/first base Danica Diegel and senior catcher Dierra Diegel have received North Dakota Class A Softball All-State Team recognition, as voted upon by coaches.
Valley City put forth 11-5 Eastern Dakota Conference and 20-11 overall records to carry the No. 3 seed into Regionals, where they came just short of a second-straight State Tournament appearance with a late 2-1 Qualifier loss to No. 4 Fargo Shanley in Fargo, N.D.
Valley City entered the season ranked No. 2 in the EDC and fifth in Class A.
It took all five innings of Tuesdayâ€™s late game for Valley City Babe Ruth to sweep LaMoure at Charlie Brown Field, but Bryce Nelsonâ€™s walk-off single capped an 11-10 comeback after Nate Rodriguezâ€™s one-hitter in the 12-2 five-inning opener.
â€śGames like these make you old quick,â€ť said head coach Lance Lukes of the second game, in which Valley City gave up leads of 5-1 and 6-2.
Enderlin-Maple Valley senior Megan Johnson won the Class B State Long Jump title at 18 feet and the Triple Jump crown at 37 feet, 6.50 inches May 23-24 in Bismarck, N.D., to which Barnes County North and LaMoure/Litchville-Marion competitors also qualified.
New Valley City State volleyball coach Adam Longmore announced on Thursday that Jenna Kost of Casselton, N.D., Courtney Carlson of LaMoure, N.D., Tanys Ulmer of Marion, N.D., and Billie Gibson of Blackfoot, Idaho have all committed to attend VCSU and play volleyball for the Vikings this fall.
Pictured, from left, Hi-Liner senior Austen Meyer won this yearâ€™s Ace Award and a Senior Award; junior Jake Miller took home the Gold Glove, Big Stick and Most Valuable Player Awards; senior Austin Berg received the Mr. Hustle Award and a Senior Award; sophomore Ethan Zeltinger is the Most Improved.
East No. 3 Enderlin-Maple Valleyâ€™s Class B State run in Minot took a turn for the dramatic with Fridayâ€™s 16-14 loss to defending champion East No. 5 Central Cass â€” in which the Falcons nearly rallied from a 7-2 deficit â€” and Saturdayâ€™s sixth-inning sac fly that gave West No. 1 Westhope/Newburg/Bottineau the 1-0 Third-Place Game win.
â€śItâ€™s not the outcome we wanted, but Iâ€™m sure it was a good pair of games for the fans,â€ť said Falcon assistant coach Neva Hamre on Saturday. â€śItâ€™s hard to play the next day after a game like that.â€ť