BLUE JAY ROUNDUP: Tennis finishes strong at West Region
Jamestown High School senior Baylee Hatlewick charged to three wins and a fifth-place finish Saturday at the West Region boys singles tennis tournament in Bismarck.
Connor Mullowney fell just short of the singles championship, but captured third as the Blue Jays piled up momentum heading into this week's state tournament starting Thursday in Grand Forks. Jamestown had already qualified for state as a team.
"Overall we're feeling pretty confident," Jamestown coach Ryan Iliff said. "We are playing our best tennis of the season right now and that's what you want this time of year."
Hatlewick swept Bismarck Century's Andrew Peterson and Bismarck Legacy's Sean Joyce in straight sets, before topping Williston's Matt Richter 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 for fifth. Mullowney fell 1-6, 6-1, 6-0 to Legacy's Bradley Moylan in the semifinals, but took down Minot's Charlie Wentz 6-3, 5-7, 6-0 for third.
Jamestown's Ryder Pringle fell to Richter 1-6, 7-5, 6-2 at 8:30 a.m., ending his tournament.
In doubles play, Cole Bennion and Ryder Lunzman captured fifth after being seeded sixth. The duo rolled past Bismarck's Lucas Schell and Calvin Karalus 6-2, 6-2, and Century's Bryce Everson and Colton Schulte 2-6, 7-6 (9), 6-4 on day 2.
"They're peaking at the right time," Iliff said. "Not only were they being more aggressive, but they're playing more consistent as well. We're pretty happy with how the weekend went overall."
Soccer falls to Mandan
A second straight trip to state wasn't meant to be for the Blue Jay boys soccer team.
Mandan's Evan Arenz scored the game-winning goal in the 65th minute Saturday in Mandan, lifting the Braves over Jamestown 2-1 in a state-qualifying match of the West Region tournament.
Jamestown senior midfielder Jonas Flann tied the match in the 55th minute, assisted by senior Austin Shafer, after the Blue Jays trailed the fifth-seeded Braves 1-0 at the half. Jamestown had earned the conference's fourth seed.
But the Jays were unable to find the mesh a second time. Blue Jay eighth-grade goalkeeper Jay Kupitz posted eight saves, as Jamestown finished the year at 8-9 overall.
The win was Mandan's fourth of the season and second over the Blue Jays. Shafer and Blue Jay sophomore midfielder Chase Jenison were named to the all-conference team.
The state tournament begins Thursday in Jamestown.
Mandan 2, Jamestown 1
1. M, Ian Dahners (unassisted), 14:01.
2. J, Jonas Flann (Austin Shafer), 54:56; 3. M, Evan Arenz (Jacob Weiand), 64:24.
Goalkeeper saves: J, Jay Kupitz 8; M, William Liffrig 8.
Corner kicks: J 5; M 1.
Cards: J, Jaden Christ, Yellow, 61:44.
Records: Mandan 4-10-1. Jamestown 8-9.
Ford leads XC teams
Freshman Meghan Ford stretched out her legs, and the lead, Saturday.
Ford, Class A's ninth-ranked girls cross country runner, topped Langdon's Elise Ramberg by 33 seconds during the Rugby Booster Club Invitational held at Rugby Golf Club. Ramberg is ranked No. 1 in Class B, as five of Class B's top 10 were in the field.
Jamestown's girls finished fourth out of 33 teams in attendance. The boys collected third out of 34 teams.
"Team-wise we are fighting some sickness and a few injuries here and there, but we're hoping to have all that out of system for next Saturday," Jamestown coach Ken Gardner said.
Jamestown's Alexis Kirkeby, Peyton Rudnick, Jaymee George and Amanda Sargeant all finished inside the top 40. Carrington's Amanda Jarrett, ranked fifth in Class B, captured third out of 164 runners.
Three freshman, a sophomore and an eighth-grader paced the Blue Jay boys. Chandlar Rott led the way, finishing 14th out of 186 runners, with Ben Anteau, Micah Hoke, Jared Andersen and Hunter Mitchell also collecting top-40 finishes.
Edgeley-Kulm's Isaac Huber, ranked second in Class B, defeated New Town's Jaiven Hale and Robert White for the win. Carrington's Payton Smith finished where he's ranked in fifth.
The Blue Jays will be at the WDA meet in Williston this Saturday
"Meghan wants to improve on her performance from last year and shoot for a top 10 or a top five," Gardner said. "We're so young on the boys' side that whatever they are able to accomplish this year will be building for the future. Hopefully they'll have some success here toward the end of the season."
Rugby Booster Club Invitational
Winner and area team results
1. Rugby 100; 4. Jamestown 127; 10. Carrington 352; 15. Harvey-Wells Co. 468; 16. Griggs County Central 509; 18. Medina-PB 597; 19. BCN 605; 20. New Rockford-Shey. 610; 22. Edgeley-Kulm 612; 23.
Individual Top 5 / Area top 75
1. Meghan Ford, JHS, 18:50.14; 2. Elise Ramberg, Langdon, 19:23.35; 3. Amanda Jarrett, Carr., 19:52.35; 4. Jensyn Zink, Hillsboro, 19:55.77; 5. Quinn Neppl, Rugby, 20:14.64; 9. Mikayla Koening, GCC, 20:32.35; 20. Ashley McFadgen, BCN, 21:37.24; 24. Alexis Kirkeby, JHS, 22:07.77; 25. Jasmine Rascon, EK, 22:10.80; 30. Peyton Rudnick, JHS, 22:29.76; 31. Allison Jarrett, Carr., 22:33.83; 32. Jaymee George, JHS, 22:34.26; 40. Amanda Sargeant, JHS, 22:52.15; 51. Elizabeth Widmer, NRS, 23:11.88; 52. Brittney Reister, MPB, 23:14.82; 70. Ellie Brown, GCC, 23:58.88; 72. Eliza Herrick, JHS, 24:02.49.
Winner and area team results
1. New Town 41; 3. Jamestown 137; 7. Carrington 292; 10. Edgeley-Kulm 325; 11. Griggs County Central 342; 21. Medina-PB 643; 24. Harvey-Wells Co. 752; 30. New Rockford-Shey. 845.
Individual Top 5 / Area top 75
1. Isaac Huber, EK, 16:24.76; 2. Jaiven Hale, New Town, 16:34.21; 3. Robert White, New Town, 16:42.40; 4. Jacob Jensen, Turtle Mountain, 16:50.18; 5. Payton Smith, Carr., 17:00.21; Chandlar Rott, JHS, 18:08.53; 19. Lucas Nitschke, EK, 18:19.87; 23. Travon Stadler, GCC, 18:26.40; 27. Ben Anteau, JHS, 18:49.31; 28. Micah Hoke, JHS, 18:51.14; 29. Jared Andersen, JHS, 18:53.07; 36. Jacob Rexin, Carr., 19:12.02; 38. Warden Dahlgren, EK, 19:14.21; 39. Hunter Mitchell, JHS, 19:15.25; 48. Austin Hendrickson, Carr., 19:34.27; 52. Mark Sammons, GCC, 19:44.90; 56. Thomas Schmiedeberg, JHS, 19:59.80; 58. Justus Naumann, JHS, 20:06.20; 59. Jacen Eissinger, MPB, 20:06.97; 60. Zeb Willer, JHS, 20:10.77; 64. Camden Kutz, JHS, 20:13.25; 73. Matthew Voeller, HWC, 20:41.43; 75. Aaron Moser, GGC, 20:48.81.