Nov 8th, 2005 @ 9:51 am | Author: Chad Slyter, VCSU Marketing
It’s that time of the year, when Valley City State University Athletic Director Doug Peters puts in long days, even on Saturdays. As was the case this past weekend when all four Viking teams; football, volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball were all engaged in contests, two at home and two on the road. And if having all four in games on the same day was not enough, the outcomes and the significance of all the games would only make the day that much better for Peters.
Upon walking into the Viking volleyball game at Grachien Gymnasium, it was easy to mistake Peters as a secret service agent. But that was not a presidential ear piece he was listening to. It was a radio, strategically hidden to be able to watch the volleyball action while listening to the Viking football team clinch the Dakota Athletic Conference championship, their first since 2000 and the 25th in Viking history. There were many question marks placed on the football team coming into the season and they have replaced them with exclamation points on the way to one of their finest seasons in recent years.
Next would be the Viking volleyball team as they continue a one year turn around that would make the ‘91 'worst to first' Minnesota Twins proud. Needing to beat Black Hills State for the second time this season to claim fifth place outright, the Vikings did just that, in dramatic fashion no less, going all five games. Having won only one conference game the previous year, the Viking volleyball team went gang busters in 2005 and tallied a 7-7 record in DAC play to place 5th and secure their first trip to the post season since 2000.
The men’s basketball team was on their longest road trip of the season to Havre and Great Falls, MT. Their first stop would be against MSU-Northern in Havre versus a team that was undefeated at 7-0 and had beaten DAC preseason favorite Minot State the night before by 41 points. Sometime during the 2nd half of the home women’s basketball game, the public address announcer gave the final score 62-60, Vikings. The win put the new look men’s team at 2-0 under new head coach Jeff Kaminski.
Finally the Viking women’s basketball team would round out the day hosting University of Sioux Falls in their home opener. The Vikings, playing their second GPAC team in as many contests, would fight hard to come back from another first half deficit. The end result was a 66-58 win that put the Vikings at 2-0 in their young season, the first 2-0 start for the program in over five seasons.
So as Peters vacuumed the lobby of the W. E. Osmon fieldhouse late Saturday night, there was a bit of a spring in his step and his chest stuck out a little bit more. The Vikings had had the perfect day.
This week does not slow down however. Tuesday night, the Viking volleyball team will travel to Jamestown to play the Jimmies in the first round of the DAC playoffs. First serve is scheduled for 6:00 pm. The Viking basketball teams make their double header debut of the season at home versus Dakota Wesleyan. The women’s team tips off at 6:00 pm with the men following at 8:00 pm. Finally, the Viking football ship sets sail for the Fargo Dome on Thursday to finish off their regular season and avenge a loss last season to Azuza Pacific. Kickoff is set for 8:15 pm.