Valley City State senior third base Brittany Lehner is the North Star Athletic Association Co-Player of the Week after recording at least two hits in five of eight games as the Vikings went 6-2 between April 8 and April 14.
Lehner, a 5-foot-11-inch Watertown, S.D. native, hit three home runs in a span of three games, including two game-changing shots in late innings, to help the Vikings to a four-game series sweep at Presentation College.
Hi-Liner Fastpitch managed just five hits in a 13-1 loss to Bishop Ryan in Friday's first round of the West Fargo Tournament before the second and third rounds were cancelled, so Valley City returned home to defeat Minot High 14-3 and 8-6 in non-conference action on Saturday.
Valley City (1-0 Eastern Dakota Conference, 6-1 overall) enters a road doubleheader against Devils Lake at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, of which one game will count toward conference standings.
Valley City State softball swept Presentation College in Saturdayâ€™s road doubleheader, hitting five home runs and rallying from early deficits in both games to win the first game 12-9 and the second 10-8.
The Vikings improve to 4-2 in North Star action and 15-15 overall, and host University of Great Falls in Mondayâ€™s doubleheader.
Rolette/Wolford 6-foot senior forward Rae Beaver and Waverly/South Shore 5-foot-11-inch senior point guard/forward Mikaela Fischer have signed with Valley City State womenâ€™s basketball, interim head womenâ€™s coach Lavesa Glover announced Thursday.
Enderlin/Maple Valley fastpitch softball preyed on Graftonâ€™s catching struggles at home plate to the tune of an 11-1 and 14-4 doubleheader sweep in arboreal Buffalo, N.D. â€” the first games ever played at the field â€” on Thursday night.
Viking junior catcher/outfielder Savannah McMillinâ€™s walk-off single late Wednesday helped Valley City State sweep Mayville State, 3-1 and 2-1, in a North Star doubleheader at Shelly Ellig Field.
â€śWe had to learn to be patiently aggressive â€” that was the word of the day,â€ť Viking senior third base Liz Hall Sewell said. â€śWe needed to play solid defense, and once we got on base we came through. For two freshman pitchers to come in, it really showed their mound presence.â€ť
Freshman right-handers Ashley Metcalf and Morgan Nalley picked up complete-game wins.