Valley City State University kicks off its 2013 cross country campaign when it hosts the first meet of the season on Friday, Aug. 30.
The VCSU Invitational will take place at the Valley City Country Club and will feature a handful of area teams.
The college women will run a 4K race beginning at 4 p.m. The college men will wrap up the meet with a 5K race starting at about 4:30 p.m. Junior varsity and varsity high school races beginning at 2 p.m.
High regional temperatures have forced Valley City High School athletics to adjust its fall sports schedule for the safety of its student athletes, but no activities have been cancelled.
Precautions include moving practices to mornings or late evenings to avoid the observed high heat indexes of the day, changing the start time of competitions to avoid daytime highs, modifying the length of outside practices, moving junior high volleyball practices from the north and south gyms to the Hi-Liner Activity Center.
The Valley City High School cross country season was off to a hot start at the Jamestown "Orr"iginals Cross Country Meet at Centennial Forest Course, with temperatures in the high 80â€™s and humidity to match. The young Hi-Liners performed well in the overall competition of 15 teams, especially with many appearing in their first-ever meet.
The Second Annual Andrea Arbuckle Memorial Shootout and Ride the Hide Benefit Bull Bash on Aug. 24 in Litchville showcased local bull riding talent and hosted a silent auction to come to the aid of the Mike Sauer family of Valley City.
Litchville natives Tate and Taryl Smith competed in the Bull Bash in memory of their cousin Annie Arbuckle.
Litchville native Tate Smith has organized the 2nd Annual Ride the Hide Bull Bash, to be followed by the Andrea "Annie" Arbuckle Memorial Shootout, on Aug. 24 in Litchville.
A street dance, sponsored by Uncle Dean's Tavern and the Bull Bash, and featuring the Dickinson-based band Outlaw Sippin', will follow the shootout. The Bull Bach will also feature a silent auction for the benefit of the Sauer family.
Jeremiah Komrosky, Valley City, caught an 18-pound northern "somewhere in the Sheyenne," mid June.
Komrosky, who works at Valley City State University, said as he was reeling the fish in, it felt like a log going down the river.
"As I was reeling it in, I could actually see it and as it got to the shore, it took a big leaping jump towards me," he said.