Wednesday (5/9) local digest
Tennis Block Party tonight
The Valley City Tennis Association is celebrating May as National Tennis Month.
VCTA will host its annual Tennis Block Party at the Valley City Rec Center, from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.
There will be games and prizes for all ages.
A name was omitted from a photo (“A black belt affair”) published in the May 4-6 edition of the Times-Record.
Evan Haglund, a junior black belt, is pictured in the bottom row of the photo. He is second on the left, standing between Drew Jacobson and Sharon Michael.
McBride, Pettit named to A.I.I. first team
Pitcher Katie McBride and third baseman Jane Pettit, both seniors for the Valley City State University softball team, were selected to the 1st Team Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) All Conference Team.
McBride was fourth in the A.I.I. with a 1.82 Earned Run Average, the lowest of any pitcher in the conference aside from those on Cal State San Marcos, the #2 team in the NAIA National Poll. McBride was first in the A.I.I. in innings pitched with 203.2, the next highest pitcher was 157 innings. She was also first in Batters Struck Out with 143.
As good as McBride was in the circle, Pettit was just as good at the plate. Pettit was ranked seventh in the A.I.I. in batting average hitting .439.
Pettit also ranked eighth in the A.I.I. in Slugging Percentage (.682) and tenth in Hits per Game (1.26).
VCHS golf takes 6th
The Valley City High School boys golf team took sixth place in an Eastern Dakota Conference meet Tuesday at the Cross Roads Golf Course in Carrington.
The Hi-Liners finished with a team score of 320, only five strokes away from the top three. Fargo Shanley and West Fargo won the meet with a score of 301.
Tyler Stevens led the Hi-Liners with a 78, narrowly missing the top 10.
Tyler Stevens 38-40 78
Jared Lentz 40-40 80
Ben Sorenson 41-40 81
Dustin Miller 41-40 81
Nick Jenson 43-39 82
Ian Schweitzer 45-44 89
Grady Meyer Shanley 73
Tyler Rivard Shanley 73
Conner Holland West Fargo 73
Nick Evin WF 73
Aaron Johnson Davies 73
Jr. High golf wins home meet
The Valley City Junior High golf team won a home meet Tuesday at Bjornson Public Golf Course.
The Hi-Liners placed six golfers in the top 10, including a win by Drew Jacobson and Drew Oberlander, who shot a 48. Oberlander's day included a hole-in-one on the par-3 second hole. (See photo above.)
Drew Jacobson, VC, 48
Drew Oberlander,VC, 48
Brandon Miller, VC, 50
Jaden Olson, Wahpeton, 53
Jordan Eggermont, VC, 55
Tyler Barth, W, 56
Mark Anderson, VC, 58
Levi Nix, VC, 59
Aaron Lee, W, 59
Tracer Bauer, W, 60
1. Valley City 204
2. Wahpeton 228
3. Maple Valley 311
VC tennis loses to Shanley
For the second straight match the Valley City tennis team was on the wrong end of a 5-4 match, losing at home to Fargo Shanley Tuesday.
"Its very fun as a coach to be this competitive every match," VCHS coach Matt Nielson said. "This has been the most competitive that a team that I've coached has ever been in the EDC. We are literally only four sets away from being the four seed. That’s awesome. We still have work to do – but I'm proud of where we are."
Nielson said the loss makes Thursday's match at Fargo South important. He said the winner will get the sixth seed in the EDC tournament, the loser will get the seventh seed.
1. Kierstin Lorenz lost to Olivia Keelin 6-1, 6-0
2. Clarissa Olson beat Sarah Fletcher 6-0, 7-6(5)
3. Destiny Winkler lost to Kennedy Stromme 6-1, 6-1
4. Sara Gilbertson lost to Jessica Nellermoe 6-3, 6-2
5. Sam Coit beat Madeline Frei 6-4, 6-2
6. Arelle Krueger lost to Therese Carson 6-2, 6-3
1. Lorenz/Olson beat Kellin Fletcher 6-4, 6-4
2. Gilbertson/Coit beat Nellermoe/Stromme 7-6(3), 7-6(3)
3. Winkler/Gylden lost to Frei Carson 6-4, 6-4