BLUE JAY ROUNDUP: Golf, soccer perform well in Bismarck
Unseasonably hot weather Tuesday produced some uncomfortable conditions at Bismarck's tree-lined Riverwood Golf Course.
But the Blue Jay girls golf team sweated out a team score of 350 in the sweltering heat at the St. Mary's Invite, led by senior Sarah Azure's round of 81. Full results were unavailable prior to press time.
"It was very warm, very sticky, very hot," JHS coach Tracy Gustafson said of the 90-plus degree conditions. "But usually the girls like it when it's warm anyway. We just made sure we had a lot of water, snacks and things like that."
Seniors Mara LeFevre and Kaitlin Mullowney backed up Azure's 81 with rounds of 85 and 86, respectively. Freshman Kyra Vogel's 98 rounded out the Jays' team total.
Jamestown's best team tournament score this season is 333, and that would have put them well in the hunt on Tuesday. A 329 took the title, according to Gustafson.
"I've told the girls we are right there," Gustafson said. "I think they played a little bit more consistently on a hole-to-hole basis today. We've been really focusing on the mental game the last couple of weeks."
The Blue Jays' Alyssa Zachrison and Cora Wolsky turned in rounds of 101 and 116, respectively. Jamestown will next be at Tuesday's individual state qualifier at Mandan's Prairie West Golf Course.
The West Region tournament is scheduled for Sept. 25 in Dickinson.
"Prairie West is a little bit more open and forgiving on most of its holes," Gustafson said. "Most of our girls have played it a lot and we're excited to go there and play."
Boys soccer tops Legacy
Benji Schuldheisz played the hero Tuesday in Bismarck.
The sophomore was able to capitalize on a Blue Jay short corner in the second half, lifting Jamestown High School to a 1-0 victory over Bismarck Legacy. Senior Austin Shafer notched the assist.
"Benji was coming up the middle and was in the right place at the right time and knocked it down," JHS coach Mark Sherfy said.
On the scoring play, a short corner taken by Shafer was played back to the all-state midfielder by Lukas Rosenau. Shafer then crossed in front of the Legacy net, hooking up with Schuldheisz for his second goal of the season.
"The guys did a good job staying switched on. It was a pretty intense game," Sherfy said. "Luca Flann played an outstanding game at center back keeping Legacy's attack at bay, and Jay (Kupitz) was great in goal."
Kupitz recorded the clean sheet with eight saves. The Jays (5-4-0 overall) are at Minot on Thursday.
Jamestown 1, Bismarck Legacy 0
1. J, Ben Schuldheisz (Austin Shafer).
Goalkeeper saves: J, Jay Kupitz 8; BL, Zach Ebach 6.
Records: Jamestown 5-4-0, 2-3-0 West Region; Legacy 0-7-0, 0-5-0 West Region.