Blue Jays qualify for state
The Blue Jays didn't let a loss to top-seeded Minot ruin the day Thursday in Bismarck.
Jamestown's boys tennis team buckled down and dispatched sixth-seeded Mandan 4-1 in a state-qualifying match of the West Region tournament. The entire flock is off to next week's state competition starting Thursday in Grand Forks.
"Credit to our guys for not hanging their heads, but loading up, heading to a new court and taking care of business," Jamestown coach Ryan Iliff said.
The fourth-seeded Jays started the day with a 3-2 victory over fifth-seeded Williston, before the setback in the semifinals to the Magicians. Senior captain Connor Mullowney went an impressive 3-0 on the afternoon at No. 1 singles, picking up Jamestown's lone win vs. Minot.
"That's what Connor has been doing all year in the West," Iliff said. "He's just very consistent and keeps pressure on the other guy. He played some really good tennis today and it was fun to watch."
Senior Baylee Hatlewick went 2-1 at No. 2 singles, while sophomore Isaac Mimong and freshman Kaden Williams came through at No. 2 doubles. Mimong and Williams picked up victories against both the Coyotes and the Braves.
"Baylee really settled in early and made it tough on guys. He faced a really tough opponent in Charlie Wentz against Minot," Iliff said. "Kaden and Isaac came up big, especially against Williston dropping the first set and coming back to win the second. That was huge for us."
The West Region individual and doubles tournaments start today in Bismarck. Jamestown freshman Ryder Pringle will face Bismarck's Makai Ogoshi at 9 a.m. in singles, while Bennion and Hatlewick earned the third and fourth seeds, respectively, and have first-round byes.
Bennion and Lunzman will face Mandan's Coby Wolf and Braden Ressler at 9 a.m., and Mimong and Williams will take on Mandan's David Hoffman and Kamdin Sedivec at 10:30 a.m., in doubles.
Jamestown 3, Williston 2
No. 1: Connor Mullowney, J def. Rhys Enget 6-1, 6-3.
No. 2: Baylee Hatlewick, J def. Matt Richter 6-3, 6-2.
No. 3: Parker Krom, W def. Ryder Lunzman 6-0, 3-6, 7-6(3).
No. 1: Matt Jorgenson/Parker Rude, W def. Cole Bennion/Ryder Pringle 2-6, 6-2, 7-5.
No. 2: Isaac Mimong/Kaden Williams, J def. Hayden Kemp/Jake Donner 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(7).
Minot 4, Jamestown 1
No. 1: Mullowney, J def. Mason Diehl 6-4, 6-2.
No. 2: Charlie Wentz, M def. Hatlewick 6-0, 6-2.
No. 3: Rory Taney, M def. Pringle 6-3, 7-5.
No. 1: Conner Templeton/Peyton Huss, M def. Bennion/Lunzman 6-1, 6-4.
No. 2: Zach Diehl/Gage Jaeger, M def. Mimong/Williams 7-5, 6-1.
Jamestown 4, Mandan 1
No. 1: Mullowney, J def. Trevor Elijah 6-0, 6-0.
No. 2: Hatlewick, J def. Braden Ressler 6-0, 6-0.
No. 3: Lunzman, J def. Brady Helbling 6-2, 6-0.
No. 1: Ben Gartner/Kamdin Sedivec, M def. Bennion/Pringle 7-5, 7-5.
No. 2: Mimong/Williams, J def. David Hoffman/Coby Wolf 6-3, 6-3.