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Solid pitching gets Babe Ruth past Lisbon

July 3, 2012

When times get tough for Valley City Babe Ruth pitcher Nate Rodriguez, his main goal is to avoid getting in a rut mentally.
“What (head coach) Lance (Lukes) always tells me is to keep my head up and keep it clear,” Rodriguez said.
It was an outlook that came in handy in an 11-1 win Monday in the first game of a double header sweep over Lisbon.
After getting the first three batters out in succession, Rodriguez finished the next three innings with the bases loaded for the final out, but allowed only one run to score.

The Catch: Plattner picks the MLB All Star teams, part 1

July 3, 2012

Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game is July 10th and the rosters are set. Each year, comparing my All-Stars with the actual rosters is fun and interesting. No sense in wasting any time. Having not looked at the rosters yet, we’ll begin with my National League All-Star team. After revealing my team, we’ll scope out the real All-Star team, compare and contrast, I’ll defend my picks, and we’ll do the same for the American League (which will be the topic of discussion next week). All stats used are as of games completed through June 30, 2012.

Post 60 places 4th in Leevers Classic

July 1, 2012

July tends to be crunch time for American Legion baseball teams, and the Valley City Post 60 baseball team sees it no differently.
In the next three weeks, Post 60 will only play sectional opponents as it concludes the regular season. The team will then play in the Section 1 tournament starting July 24, and potentially the state tournament, which starts August 1.
With that in mind, the team didn’t stress out too much in its 15-3 loss to Kindred Sunday in the third place game of the Leevers Classic tournament at Charlie Brown Memorial Field.

VCSU baseball gets three transfers from MSCTC (plus local digest)

July 1, 2012

Three players from the Fargo-Moorhead area will be continuing their baseball careers at Valley City State University next year.
VCSU coach Casey Olney announced Sunday that three players from Minnesota State Community and Technical College— Bryce Venaas, Anthony Myer, and Cole Honl — have signed with the team and will transfer to VCSU for the 2013 season. All three are originally from the Fargo-Moorhead area.

Local BB gun shooters aim for success at national championship

June 29, 2012

BUFFALO, ND — As one of the older members of the Buffalo Sharpshooters, Emily Haag knows exactly what to expect at the Daisy National BB Gun Championship match. Last year, she was there with a team from South Dakota.
“You get a lot more nervous because it’s a lot bigger competition than you’re used to,” Haag said.
But this year, she’s prepared for the trip back and hoping her experience rubs off on a few friends.

Friday (6-29) Local digest

June 29, 2012

Rally for the Cure results
60 women participated in the Annual Country Club tournament with funds donated to the Susan G. Komen fund for breast cancer research.
Results:
1st flight — 1st Diane Hochhalter and Elizabeth Kruger; 2nd—Annette Beattie and Theresa Haag; 3rd— Lori Justessen and Amber Olson
2nd flight—  1st Jackie Haas and Wanda Schwab; 2nd Heather Rickford and Tallie Ingstad; 3rd—Erin Metcalf and Nicole  Swenson
3rd Flight— 1st Jan Olafson and Sheryl Hanson; 2nd Nancy King and Cindy Hovland; 3rd  Ruth Nathan and Barb Young

The Catch: Predicting the NBA Draft

June 27, 2012

Wednesday (6/27) local digest

June 27, 2012

VCSU lineman camp next month
15th Annual VCSU Line of Scrimmage Camp July 11-12 at Shelly Ellig Field
For players entering grades 9-12.
College Line coaches from VCSU, NDSU, Dickinson State, Minot State, Presentation College, U of M Crookston and more.
To print a brochure and register online at: vikings/vcsu.edu/football/camp
Contact Gregg Horner at gregg.horner@vcsu.edu or 701.845.7423 for more information.

VC Babe Ruth loses in Steele
The Valley City Babe Ruth baseball team lost both games of a double header in Steele Monday.
The team lost 10-6 in game 1 and 7-6 in game 2.

Tuesday (6/26) sports digest

June 26, 2012

“Rally for the Cure” tomorrow
The Valley City Town and Country Club will be hosting the “Rally for the Cure” golf tournament Wednesday.
The tournament is a two-person scramble starting at noon. The $50 fee includes 18 holes, muffins, door prizes, dinner, a $20 donation to Susan G. Komen For the Cure, and more.
There will also be a quilt raffle in conjunction with the event.
To register call Susan Jorissen at 840-0165 or Debb Bjornson at 840-1088, or visit events.rallyforthecure.com/VCTCC.

Ladies golf results
June 20 Ladies Golf at Country Club

Stricklin’s passion for sports spans generations

June 26, 2012

At 6 feet, 6 inches tall, Ty Buttrey stands well over his grandmother, Valley City’s Jacquette “Ketta” Stricklin.
Side by side, Ketta’s head hardly reaches her grandson’s shoulder.
“He didn’t get the height from me,” she jokes.
His response is more matter-of-fact.
“I got the athletic ability from you,” he quickly responds.
Buttrey, who graduated from high school earlier this month in North Carolina, was ranked by Baseball America as the #38 prospect in the Major League Baseball draft, which took place earlier this month.

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