Feb 9th, 2004 @ 11:59 am | Author: Viking Sports News and Michael Linnell, TR Sports
Valley City four-sport standout Jason Beilke’s change of venue for college won’t be too drastic. In fact, for baseball, it will be the same place.
Beilke, a 6-foot-5, 210 pound senior at Valley City High School, will trade in his Blue and white for Cardinal and white as he signed with Valley City State University. He will compete in both football and baseball for the Vikings beginning next season.
"I made the decision about a week and a half ago," he said. "It is nice to make the decision. It wasn’t very tough to make, but it is nice to have it out of the way."
Beilke played on the 7-4 Hi-Liner football team which reached the semifinals in the State AA football this past fall. He was selected second team All State, first team East All-Region and was selected to play in the Shrine Football game this summer. Beilke threw for 1,848 yards, rushed for 350 yards with 18 passing and five rushing touchdowns for the Hi-Liners.
"Jason has a promising future for the Vikings on the offensive side of the ball," Vikings head football coach Dennis McCulloch said. "He will come in and compete at the quarterback position which was left vacant by the graduation of Mark Fabian."
The fact that Beilke may get playing time right away made his decision to stay in Valley City easier.
"I think I have a chance to get playing time my first or second year," he said."The offense is similar to what we did this year (at VCHS)."
Jason will join fellow Hi-Liners Josh Kasowski and Jon Jacob on the Viking squad.
Beilke’s baseball future also excites the Viking coaching staff.
"Jason has a tremendous upside as pitcher and position player in the DAC-10," Viking head baseball coach Cory Anderson said. "I am anxiously looking forward to working with him in both sports and watching his natural athletic abilities mature."
Baseball was also a reason Beilke chose VCSU over Bemidji State.
"They wanted me to just play football," he said of Bemidji. "I think (VCSU) loses a lot of pitchers after this season and I think I can step in there."
Beilke will be busy before college starts, though. He still has the end of this basketball season and will compete in track and field in the spring and American Legion baseball in the summer.
"I would get a call or two each week (from recruiters), so it got a little old," he said. "I’m ready to not deal with that."
He is the son of Scott and Deb Beilke of Valley City.