No. 2 seed Valley City State softball faces No. 5 Presentation College, whom the Vikings swept 4-0 in the regular season, at 10:15 a.m. Friday in the first round of this weekendâ€™s double-
elimination North Star Athletic Association/Frontier Conference Tournament in Jamestown.
The softball championship is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday, the winner of which moves on the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round.
Valley City State baseball carries a No. 3 seed into Fridayâ€™s 7 p.m. opening round game against No. 4 Dakota State, against whom the Vikings finished 3-1, in Valley City.
Hi-Liner girls tennis was in West Fargo on Tuesday for a cold and windy Eastern Dakota Conference match from which the Packers took a sunny 8-1 win.
â€śWest Fargo took second in the State Tournament last year and didnâ€™t lose any players,â€ť Valley City head coach Matthew Nielson said. â€śTheir top five players are seniors this year. They are a great team, and coach Chad Anderson does a great job with his program. The Packers won their first three EDC matches 9-0, and not only did we give them their first loss to go 8-1, but we also won a set at No. 1 Doubles, No. 2 Doubles and No. 2 Singles.â€ť
Hi-Liner softball appeared to have Tuesday nightâ€™s two-point Eastern Dakota Conference contest against Fargo Shanley won with a 3-1 lead off of senior Paula Andelâ€™s two-out, two-RBI double in the bottom of the sixth, but Deacon sophomore Lauren Rotundaâ€™s two-out, two-strike double brought in two of three seventh-inning Shanley runs for the 4-3 escape.
Shanleyâ€™s win avenged Saturdayâ€™s 11-6 loss to the Hi-Liners in the Detroit Lakes Tournament closer.
Valley City freshman Elly Milender, of Jamestownâ€™s Blue Jay hockey team, joined Team North Dakota, coached by the University of North Dakota standouts Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux, as North Dakota finished fourth with a 1-3 record in April 24-26â€™s CCM High School National Invitational Tournament at the Plymouth Ice Center in Plymouth, Minn.
North Dakota yielded two goals in the second period, another in the third and a short-handed third-period goal in Thursdayâ€™s 4-0 opening loss to the Minnesota Seniors.
Valley City State senior Brittany Lehner is the North Star Athletic Association Co-Player of the Week alongside Jamestown sophomore Emily Newman, the NSAA announced Monday.
Lehner, the 5-foot-11-inch Watertown, S.D. native, batted 6-for-7 at the plate with two runs, a home run and four RBIs as the Vikings swept Dakota State in Saturdayâ€™s doubleheader. Lehner landed game-tying RBI singles in both the fourth and fifth innings, hit the second of two sixth-inning back-to-back home runs with senior teammate Liz Hall-Swell in a 10-6 win, and finished with a slugging percentage of 1.286.