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VCHS, Maple Valley Advance to BCT semifinals

January 15, 2013

The Maple Valley and Valley City High School girls basketball teams advanced to the championship semifinals of the Barnes County Tournament.
The Hi-Liners beat Barnes County North 62-22 in the tournament's opening game. They were led by Dierra Diegel and Jessica Denholm, both of whom had 15 points, and Danica Diegel, who had 10 points.
Maple Valley beat Griggs County Central 61-28. The Raiders were led by Rylee Nudell, who had 24 points, seven rebounds and seven steals. Cassie Pautz had 16 points, as well.

Jan. 15 local digest

January 15, 2013

Barnes County Tournament bracket
The Barnes County Girls Basketball Tournament starts Tuesday afternoon at W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse on the Valley City State University Campus. Valley City High School, which took 2nd place last year, is the top seed in the tournament and will play No. 8 Barnes County North in the tournament opener at 3 p.m. Maple Valley is the No. 2 seed in the tournament, and LaMoure/Litchville-Marion is No. 4.
The Times-Record will provide scoring updates online throughout the tournament at Facebook.com/VCTimesRecord and Twitter.com/VCTimesRecord.

Full bracket

UPDATED: VCHS To Drop JV Boys Basketball for 2013-2014

January 14, 2013

Because of low participation numbers, the Valley City High School boys basketball program will not field a junior varsity team for the 2013-2014 school year, Dan Larson, the activities director for Valley City Public Schools, announced.
"If everyone stayed out that's currently playing in (grades) 9-11 and eighth grade, we'd have approximately 24 athletes," Larson told the VCPS school board during its regular meeting Monday.

VCSU Men Win 8th Straight Home Game

January 14, 2013

There are plenty of advantages to a home game. Friendly crowd. Familiar surroundings. No sleeping in a hotel.
But when the No. 17 Valley City State University mens basketball team started its season in November, one of the main goals the team had was to be undefeated at W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse, not necessarily for those reasons, but because it makes the team’s postseason goals more attainable.

Jan. 14 Local Digest

January 14, 2013

Weather Affects Area Sports
The blizzard that hit Barnes County over the weekend caused schedule changes for several local sports teams.
The Valley City High School wrestling team had its home dual Frisday against Red River High School postponed. No makeup date had been announced as of press time.
The Valley City Parks and Recreation Youth Basketball tournaments that were scheduled for Saturday were cancelled.
The Maple Valley boys basketball team's game at Richland Friday was postponed until Feb. 2.

Ralston Breaks 1,000 Career Points as VCSU Women Go 2-1

January 14, 2013

The No. 12 Valley City State University women’s basketball team had a weekend full of ups and downs.
There were two wins, a close loss to an opponent the Vikings had beaten earlier in the year.  VCSU senior Katie Ralston even hit a scoring milestone, surpassing the 1,000 point mark in her college career.

Winter Storm Causes Schedule Changes

January 11, 2013

A winter storm passing through Barnes County has prompted several schedule changes for local athletics.

The Valley City State University basketball games Friday night against Northern New Mexico will be played as planned. The Saturday afternoon games with Johnson and Wales University are also scheduled to be played as planned.

The Valley City High School wrestling team's dual with Devils Lake, scheduled for Friday, has been postponed. A makeup date hasn't been announced.

VCHS Boys Lose to West Fargo

January 9, 2013

WEST FARGO — There are a nights a team just finds its rhythm early and in Tuesday’s 80-49 loss to West Fargo, the Valley City High School basketball team was on the wrong end of the scenario.
On their home court, the Packers scored 15 points in the first four minutes, and never let up, shooting 62 percent from the 3-point line and finishing 10-12 from long distance in the first half.

VCHS Girls Get 1st Loss

January 9, 2013

WEST FARGO — For the first month of the season, the Valley City High School girls basketball team was tested in plenty of ways. Overtime. Large comebacks.
But after a 68-47 loss Tuesday at West Fargo High School, the previously undefeated Hi-Liners faced their toughest challenge yet — the defending state runner-up.
Though the Hi-Liner girls opened the game with a point-for-point run with the Packers, a lack of scoring late in the first half kept Valley City from winning their seventh straight to start the season.

Late Push Ups VCHS Girls to 6-0

January 6, 2013

As the clock wound down in the Valley City High School girls basketball team's 55-51 win over St. Mary's Saturday at the Hi-Liner Activity Center, junior Dierra Diegel consistently found herself in a high pressure situation.
Not only was she playing the final five minutes of the second half with four fouls, but of the Hi-Liners' final eight free throws in the game, Diegel took six.
"I knew those free throws were going to count, so I was thinking, 'I've got to make these. I've got to put them in, separate it, make it so they don't have any last second chance to win the game," Diegel said.

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