The Valley City State football team received votes in the NAIA Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll released on Monday.
The Vikings received 15 votes in the poll, dropping out of the Top 25 after being ranked No. 24 in both last year's postseason poll and this year's spring poll. VCSU is coming off a 7-3 season in 2012 and is the only team in the Dakotas that received votes in the preseason poll.Â
The Vikings will have a chance to shake up the poll when they play at top-ranked Morningside (Iowa) on Sept. 7.
Valley City State University has agreed to hire Cathy Hanek as the seventh head women's basketball coach in school history.
Hanek joins VCSU after a year as head coach at Miles Community College in Miles City, Mont. She officially takes over the Viking women's basketball program Aug. 19.
Valley City took on Shanley last night in two games of fastpitch softball, at home in Valley City. Shanley was playing with a somewhat depleted roster, and, in fact, had to borrow Haley Schnaidt from Valley City to fill out the squad.
Coach Erika Caulkins's team was all long-ball, pulling off two grand slams in the two games, plus several single- and multi-run homers. Danica Diegel was on the rubber for Valley City in game one, and with one exception threw the ball past Shanley batters.
Two seven inning games were played last night instead of the scheduled seven and five inning games. Officials decided to make up a June 17, rain-out in Kindred, between Valley City Post #60 and the Kindred Legion teams.
The first game was a real pitchers' duel had. Jaden Keys was on the mound for Valley City, and F. Andel was throwing for Kindred. Andel just threw heat, occasionally mixing in a cutter, but for seven innings, he made leather pop. Keys had his curve really working last night, to the point he was buckling batters' knees with it for seven innings.
Valley City Post #60 will host Kindred, in American Legion baseball action, tonight at Charlie Brown Field, in Valley City.
It's a double-header, starting a 6 p.m., with a seven inning first game, and a five inning second game.
Valley City Legion played two last night, facing the Harwood Hogs at Charlie Brown Field. Throwing errors were the decided difference in the outcome.
Valley City went up in the first inning 3-0. A double from Hog Matt Dufner prompted a two-out Hog rally in the top of the second pushing two across the plate. Valley City was three-up, three-down in the bottom of the second.
The weather couldn't have been better for the Elysian pastime. The sun shone down all weekend long on The Leever's Classic American Legion Baseball Tournament, played at Charlie Brown Field, in Valley City. Eight teams (including both Valley City Post #60 teams) from as far away as Grand Forks vied from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon for the Leever's Classic trophy.
The championship game was played Sunday afternoon, between LaMoure and Nelson County Owls, and what a game it was, starting as a pitchers' duel, and ending with LaMoure getting eight-runned in the bottom of the sixth.
Last Friday, May 3, was a much better day for baseball. The wind wasn't quite as harsh and there was sunshine that at least gave the comfort of being warm. The Vikings played the Mayville State Comets in the noon game for a shot at the championship game against the Jamestown College Jimmies at 3:30 p.m., Friday, at Jack Brown Stadium in Jamestown.