Loss clinches EDC seed for VCHS tennis

The Valley City High School tennis team clinched its seed in the Eastern Dakota Conference with a 6-3 loss at Fargo South Thursday.
The teams were playing in a match that decided the sixth and seventh seeds for the tournament, Valley City taking the latter.
“We will match up with West Fargo in the first round, with a potential rematch with South looming in the second round, which we are excited for,” Valley City coach Matt Nielson said.
The Hi-Liners only wins in the match came from Clarissa Olson at No. 2 singles, Sam Coit at No. 5 singles, and the No. 3 doubles team of Destiny Winkler and Jessica Gylden.
Nielson said many issues the team had were due to windy conditions in Fargo, which threw off some of the players.
“We were able see what happens on a bad wind day and how to overcome it,” he said. “We had a couple mental errors in the singles, but we talked it through and hopefully solved the problems heading into the post-season.”
In the No. 5 singles match, Sam Coit beat Jessica McNutt.
“She tells me that she doesn’t want a coach to talk to her on the courts and I told her I wouldn’t if she was winning,” Nielson said. “The results – I haven’t talked to her in three matches.”
He said that Olson beat Anna Lawley, who had beat her twice over the summer.
Winkler in Gylden’s match with McNutt and Rachel Aabye, Nielson said the girls struggled early but improved after getting criticism on their play.
“After our chat, they dominated the rest of the match,” Nielson said.

Full results:
1.  Kierstin Lorenz lost to Karen Moe
2.  Clarissa Olson beat Anna Lawley
3.  Destiny Winkler lost to Anna Diederich
4.  Sara Gilbertson lost to Isabel Thiner
5.  Sam Coit beat Jessica McNutt
6.  Kristin Nelson lost to Maddie Schultz
1.  Lorenz/Olson lost to Lawley/Diederich
2.  Gilbertson/Coit lost to Moe/Thiner
3.  Winkler/Jessica Gylden beat McNutt/Rachel Aabye

VCSU baseball players honored
Six Valley City State University baseball players were recognized with eight Dakota Athletic Conference post-season awards Thursday.
Junior Preston Jensen, a Valley City native, was named 1st Team All-Conference as an outfielder and 2nd Team All-Conference as a relief pitcher.
He was joined on the first team by starting pitcher Ronnie Blagg, a junior from LaPuente, Calif.
Jensen was joined on the 2nd Team All-Conference list by infielders Brenden Shearer and Kyle Skinner, outfielder Scott Stephenson and pitcher Ryan Shaw.
Stephenson was also the only Viking named to the DAC Gold Glove Team, awarded to the best fielders in the conference.
Mayville State’s Kurtis McCallum and Nick Anderson were named Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year. Additionally, Jamestown’s Max Boe and Tom Hager were named Most Valuable Senior and Coach of the Year.

Weekend schedule
The Valley Cit y High School baseball team returns from a ten-day break with a 4 p.m. double header with Fargo North today at Charlie Brown Field.
Junior high baseball hosts a tournament Saturday starting at 10 a.m. at Charlie Brown Field.
VCHS boys golf will be at a two-day tournament in Wahpeton Friday and Saturday.
VCHS softball will be playing a tournament in Minnesota Saturday.
VCHS girls tennis will be at the East/West Invitational in Fargo Saturday.
Enderlin/Maple Valley baseball hosts a tournament today and Saturday in Enderlin. The softball team hosts Fargo South Saturday at 1 p.m.
LaMoure/Litchville-Marion, EMV and Barnes County North track will all be in Jamestown Saturday for a meet.