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April 20, 2012

Sorenson to golf at VCSU
Valley City High School golfer Ben Sorensen has signed a letter of intent to attend Valley City State University and join the Viking golf team, VCSU coach Nathan Stover announced Wednesday night.
Sorenson has been a key member of the Valley City High School golf team lettering every year since eighth grade. During that run he had the second best scoring average on a team that won the 2010 Class B state championship. Sorenson has won two high school tournaments and has nine top-ten finishes.
“Ben comes from a strong golf program at Valley City High School,” Stover said. “He has had some great competitive golf experiences with the Hi-Liners which should lead to an easy transition to the college game.”
Ben is the son of Tim and Shonagh Sorenson, both VCSU alumni and will be the third member of his family to compete on the VCSU golf team. His older brother, Matt, is a junior on the team and Tim golfed for VCSU when it was coached by the late Bill Osmon.

Viking golfers get DAC honors
For the first time since Valley City State University brought men’s golf back as a varsity sport in 2009, the Vikings had two golfers named to the Dakota Athletic Conference All-Conference team. Seniors Taylor Henrickson and Ryan Mehus received the accolades for their performances during the 2011-12 season.
Henrickson won three tournaments and finished second in two tournaments. His best round came at the Jamestown College Fall Invitational, where he shot under par for the 36-hole event and won by four strokes.
Mehus made strides with three straight top-5 finishes in the spring and finished with five top-5 finishes on the season.
The duo led the team to a second place finish in the DAC.
VCSU baseball loses
The Valley City State University baseball team struggled to stop hits Thursday in an 11-4 loss at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn.
The Vikings allowed 17 total hits in the nine inning game, falling behind 3-0 after the first inning, tying it 3-3 after the top of the third, and then allowed 8 runs in the third through sixth innings.
VCSU was led by designated hitter Scott Stephenson with two hits.

VCSU football announces more signees
Valley City State University head football coach Dennis McCulloch announced Thursday the addition of 40 student-athletes to the Vikings’ roster for the 2012 season. It is the second announced group of signees for the team, which includes four from North Dakota, 13 from Texas, nine from Florida, four from California, three from Arizona, two from New Mexico, and one each from Alaska, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, and South Dakota.
“We are very excited about the new additions to the VCSU football program,” McCulloch said. “The quality and quantity of this group is a direct reflection of the hard work our coaching staff has put into finding top-notch student athletes. We have added players at every position on both sides of the ball, which will add depth and create more competition within our team, which is good for the program. In addition, we have signed several players who we look to come in and compete for immediate playing time.”
See the full list of signees below
Additionally, the team was ranked 15th in the 2012 NAIA Football Coaches’ Spring Top 25 Poll, which was released Wednesday.

VCSU womens basketball gets signee
Valley City State University head women’s basketball coach Jill DeVries announced Thursday that Tracee Boehmlehner, of Wheaton, Minn, has signed a letter-of-intent to continue her academic and athletic career at VCSU.
“Tracee is an outstanding student-athlete and we believe she is a great addition to our program.” DeVries said. “She has tremendous passion for the game and a high basketball IQ. She is the kind of player that wants the ball at the end of games and has proven her ability to create her own shot and find her teammates for scoring opportunities.”
Boehmlehner, a 5-foot-6 guard, was a 4-time All-Pheasant conference performer for the Wheaton-Herman-Norcross girls’ basketball program and garnered co-MVP honors as a junior. She averaged 17.6 points and 2.7 boards while dishing out 70 assists with 77 steals in her senior campaign for the warriors.
Boehmlehner finished her career with 1,464 points.

VCSU softball postponed
The Valley City State University’s double header with Minot State Thursday was postponed due to the threat of inclement weather. No makeup date has been scheduled.

VCHS track teams compete
The Valley City High School track and field teams hosted the Barnes County Invitational Thursday and Lokken Field.
The Hi-Liner boys took fifth place with 77 points, which included a pole vault win by Paul Viland and second place finishes by Dereck Durheim in the long jump and Casey Englehard in the 800 and 1,600 meter runs.
The Hi-Liner girls took second place and had wins from Molly Willson (100, 200 meter dash), Ruth Ihry (400), Allyson Suhr (3,200), Annie Hart (Pole Vault), and the 4x800 relay team.
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VCHS softball loses
The Valley City High School softball team was outhit 15-7 but kept it close in an 8-7 loss at Fargo North.
The Hi-Liners went up 4-0 after the second inning and had three more in the fourth to go up 7-1, but allowed four runs in the fifth inning, one in the sixth and two more in the bottom of the seventh.

Jamestown beats VC tennis
The Valley City High School tennis team lost 7-2 in a home match to Jamestown.
Singles:
1.  Kierstin Lorenz lost to Sarah Muhs 6-2, 6-4; 2.  Clarissa Olson lost to Kara Fix 4-6, 6-3, 6-2; 3.  Destiny Winkler lost to Erin Mullowney 7-5, 6-7(6), 6-2; 4.  Sara Gilbertson lost to Jenna Reed 6-3, 6-1; 5.  Sam Coit beat Anna Larson 4-5, Retire; 6.  Arelle Krueger lost to Bailee Graves 6-1, 6-2
Doubles:
1.  Lorenz/Olson lost to Muhs/Fix 6-3, 6-4; 2.  Winkler/Gilbertson lost to Mullowney/Reed 6-1, 6-3; 3.  Coit/Krueger beat Larson/Beka Horgan 3-6, 6-4, 6-4

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