VCSU Signs Brothers and 12/7 Local Digest

Minnesota brothers Jake and Austin Rambow have signed letters of intent to play sports at Valley City State University, the school announced Thursday.
Austin, a 6-foot-5-inch forward, will play for the mens basketball team, coached by Jeff Kaminsky. Jake will play baseball, signing his letter with VCSU coach Casey Olney.
The two are from Willmar, Minn., and will join the Vikings for the 2013-2014 seasons.
Jake, the older of the two, will be transferring into VCSU from Ridgewater (Minn.) Community College.
As a freshman, he led Ridgewater in games played and was second in runs scored. He also had numerous achievements in high school, including All-Conference and team MVP awards.
“We are excited to add Jake to the Viking program; he is exactly the type of player and person that we are looking for at VCSU," Olney said. "Jake will be a valuable asset as he has the ability to play all three infield positions and a tremendous approach at the plate."
Austin will join the basketball team as a freshman. He is currently in his senior season at Willmar High School.
As a junior, he was second on his team in scoring with 13.8 points per game and also had seven rebounds per game, earning All-Conference honors.
Steve Grove, the boys basketball coach at Willmar, said in the release that Austin is a versitile player that can shoot 3-pointers but also handle the ball and drive to the hoop.
“We are looking forward to having Austin at VCSU. His versatility on both ends of the floor will add a lot to our program," Kaminsky said. "In addition to his scoring and rebounding ability, Austin is a great passer and versatile defender. His character and work ethic make him a success on and off the court.”

Wrestler of the Week
The Farmers Union Insurance wrestler of the week is Josiah Crump.
Competing in his very first tournament of his high school career Josiah Crump finished in 3rd place in the 106 pound weight class at the 2012 Knights of Columbus junior varsity tournament held Dec. 1 in Jamestown.
Josiah finished the day with 3 wins all by pin against 1 defeat.
The wrestler of the week is sponsored by Farmers Union Insurance -Kirk Olson and Tyler VanBruggen

Boys Barnes County Tournament Bracket
Tuesday at Osmon Fieldhouse
Maple Valley vs. FSHP, 3 p.m.
LLM vs. Enderlin, 4:30 p.m.
Milnor vs. Barnes Co. North, 6 p.m.
Valley City vs. Griggs Co. Central, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 13
Second Round
Dec. 15

VCSU Baseball Hosting Winter Clinics
The Valley City State University baseball team is hosting a winter clinic Dec. 27-28 to benefit players aged 7-18.
The will be held in two sessions each day. Day one covers defensive skills and baserunning and day two will include hitting instruction and pitching. The morning session, which lasts from 9 a.m. to noon, is for ages 7-12. The afternoon session, from 2-5 p.m., is for ages 13-18.
The cost is $50 for both days or $30 for one day. Participants will need a glove and hat and must wear tennis or gym shoes. Catchers must provide their own equipment.
For more information contact VCSU coach Casey Olney at 845-7171 or visit
The team will also host a winter hitting school in Graichen Gym January 13, 20 and 27. Sessions for players age 7-12 will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m., with players aged 13-18 participating from 5:30-7 p.m. The hitting school will feature both individual and group hitting instruction and individual video swing analysis, along with instruction on bunting, count hitting, plate discipline, strike zone knowledge, hitting drills and preparation tips.
The cost is $40 for more than 4 hours of instruction and participants will receive discounted rates for the Central Baseball Holiday Clinic Dec. 27-28.