9-18 Local Digest
VCSU Football Wins Again
The Valley City State University football team came out on top in a back and forth game at Dakota State University
The Vikings got ahead early on a 20-yard pass from Derek Elliot to Tommy Zinke to make it 7-0, but then allowed 17 straight points. The Vikings then scored touchdowns on 14-yard touchdown run by Taylor Cino and a 21 yard pass from Zinke to Elliot, before Thomas Cortez hit a 19-yard field goal to make it 24-17 at halftime.
Dakota State tied it with a touchdown early in the third quarter, but VCSU had another field goal from Cortez and a 24 yard touchdown pass from Zinke to Ken Eliacin to take a 34-24 lead at the end of the third. Eliacin then had a 63-yard touchdown catch early in the fourth.
Zinke finished the game 16-31 for 235 yards. Eliacin led the team with eight receptions for 159 yards. Cino had 120 yards rushing.
The defense was led by Fontayne Fuga and Dwayne Fearon, who each had two sacks. Aaron Freije had 13 tackles and one sack.
As a result of the win, the Vikings moved up one spot, to No. 20, in the weekly NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 poll, released Monday, and Eliacin was one of two wide receivers named as a Beyond Sports Network NAIA Athlete of the Week.
The Vikings play this weekend at Jamestown College.
VCSU Volleyball Sweeps Over Weekend
The VCSU volleyball team played three matches over the weekend and swept all three, beating Trinity Bible College, Briercrest (Canada) College and Bismarck State College 3-0 Friday and Saturday at Graichen Gym.
The Vikings opened it with a 25-11, 25-13, 25-13 win over Trinity Friday afternoon. Hitters Jill Noeske and Aurissa Martens contributed 12 and 9 kills each and Anna Neufeld had 22 assists.
They beat Briarcrest Friday night 25-21, 25-13, 25-11. Martens and Noeske had nine kills each and Emily Plowman had 10 digs.
Saturday the Vikes beat Bismarck State 25-21, 25-16, 25-19. Martens had a team-high 13 kills.
The Vikings continue their season this weekend with a tournament at Dakota State University.
VCSU Men 2nd, Women 3rd at VCS Invite
The VCSU mens and womens golf teams took second and third in the Valley City State Invitational Sunday and Monday in Mapleton.
VCSU's Ashley Hinrichs won the individual title at the tournament, posting a two-day score of 172, nine strokes better than the 2nd place finisher. She was joined in the top-five by teammate Haley Christofferson, who took fourth with a 183.
Alyssa Tait and Katie Paulson finished 15th and 16th with 221 and 241 strokes, respectively.
Jamestown won the team championship with 773 strokes. Dickinson took second with 790 and Valley City had 817.
The mens tournament was won by Jamestown College, who placed four golfers in the top five, including tournament champion Tommy Rockis.
Valley City State's Darren Young tied for fifth with a 158. He was followed by Ben Sorenson, who tied for seventh with a 162. Casey Colemer and Ryan LeNoue took 12th and 13th with a 166 and 167.
Jamestown finished the meet with a score of 617 and Valley City finished with 653. Dickinson State, Bismarck State and Lake Region took third, fourth and fifth.
VCSU Hosting Hall of Fame Banquet
Tickets are on sale for the Valley City State University Hall of Fame banquet, which is being held Sept. 28 as part of the school's homecoming festivities.
The banquet is being held at the VCSU student center starting at 5 p.m. with a social hour. The banquet starts at 6 p.m.
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased from the athletic office. For more information call 845-7161 and ask for Deb.
The inductees to the VCSU Hall of Fame this year include golfer Terry Anderson (1971-1973), football players Trevor Bakalar (1995-1997), Mikah Boudreaux (1994-1996), Sarge Truesdall (1996-1998) and wrestler Kirk Zink (1994-1996). The 1970-1972 mens golf teams and 1996 football team will also be honored.
Ladies Golf Concludes
The last regular golf day for the ladies this season was completed on Sept. 12. Mary Tangen had the low score with a 47. Mary also had the least putts with 13 and had the longest putt.
Other winners were Debb Bjornson who had closest to the pin on #2, Jan Olafson who was closest to the stick on #5, and Nancy King with the longest drive on #7. Nancy recorded a chip in. Laura Stowman had low net with 32.
On Sept. 19 the Awards banquet will be held at the Town and Country Club. Reservations need to be made ahead through the Country Club or call Judy Mathias.
VCHS Tennis Results
The Valley City High School tennis team lost 5-0 in a tournament-style match with Manday at home Friday and tied for 12th place in the West Fargo Invitational Saturday in Fargo.
Though scores were not available, Friday's match included the return of Cody Schmidt, who played in the No. 3 singles spot for the Hi-Liners.
"He is a competitor during each point. We will need him for the 3-2 line-up," VCHS coach Matt Nielson said.
During the tournament Saturday, the team had success from the No. 1 doubles team of Dustin Miller and Ricky Paulson, and the No. 2 doubles team of Wyatt Reinhart and Brandon Miller.
Both teams lost their tournament opener, but came back and won a match before being eliminated in their third match. The team's six singles players and the No. 3 doubles team went winless.
"The WF invite was a good thing for our younger players," Nielson said. "They have never been in a tournament before with a double elimination format. This is the same format at the individual tournament at regionals."
The Hi-Liners play at home today against Fargo Davies.