Thereâ€™s snow on the ground and a crisp in the air, but Valley
City State softball is thinking spring.
VCSU opens the 2014 season this week with six dome games in St. Paul, Minn. Head coach Elle Frackerâ€™s team plays three games Tuesday against Bemidji State University (Minn.), rival Jamestown and Sioux Falls (S.D.). The Vikings play another three games Wednesday against Wisconsin-Superior, Crown College (Minn.) and Bemidji State.
LaMoure/Litchville-Marion girls basketball defeated Strasburg-Zeeland 69-21 on the road on Saturday night and begins the District 5 Tournament at 1 p.m. Saturday in Ellendale, N.D. against the winner of Friday's No. 4 Edgeley/Kulm/Montpelier and No. 5 Barnes County North matchup.
Lady Loboes senior forward Tasha Piehl, 8th-grade guard/forward Anna Holen and junior guard/forward Kennedy Witt spurred LaMoure/Litchville-Marion with 12 points each. Witt sank four three-pointers in the evening, Piehl three more and Holen another.
Valley City State sophomore shortstop Katarina Boychuk, junior outfielder/catcher Savannah McMillin and senior third base Liz Hall-Sewell were all announced as preseason all-conference selections on Feb. 14.
VCSU, expected to finish second in the North Star Athletic Conference, open the season on Wednesday and Thursday with five indoor games in St. Paul, Minn.
Valley City State senior forward Brittany Lehner scored 18 points to reach double figures for the 21st time in 24 games this season as the Vikings beat Presentation College on Saturdayâ€™s Senior Night for the third North Star Athletic Association Postseason Tournament seed and the right to face rival No. 2 University of Jamestown (7-1 NSAA, 25-2 overall) in the semifinals, 3 p.m. Sunday at the Jamestown Civic Center.
Hi-Liner gymnastics won their first-ever Eastern Dakota Conference team championship with 142.900 points, edging Davies (139.950), Fargo (133.950), Wahpeton (133.725) and Grand Forks (133.375) on Friday night at the Youth Sports Complex.
Valley City State's menâ€™s and womenâ€™s track and field enjoyed a great end to the 2014 indoor season at Thursday's Bemidji State University (Minn.) Beaver Twilight.
Both teams put up some great performances, but freshman Alicia VanSweringen set a new school record in the 60-meter high hurdles for the third time this season with a time of 10.45 seconds. VanSweringen's record is almost a second faster than the previous record she set two weeks ago. Not only did she run well for the program and herself, but her time earned a fifth-place finish.