Area Sports Roundup: Mullowney still alive at state tennis
Connor Mullowney plans to remain calm and confident this morning in Grand Forks.
Jamestown High School's senior captain has a shot at the singles consolation title today at the state boys tennis tournament. Mullowney needs to win out, starting at 10 a.m. against Fargo Davies freshman Kareem Kamel.
"He's an unconventional player, but a very good player," Mullowney said of Kamel, who defeated Mullowney earlier this season. "I'm going to look to attack when I can and not be too fancy."
Mullowney's road to this morning began with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over West Fargo Sheyenne's Tanner Hansen Friday. But he fell to East Region's No. 2 Joe Beske of West Fargo in the winner's bracket 6-0, 6-1, before getting past Sheyenne's Cameron Cook 6-1, 6-1.
A win over Kamel will send Mullowney into the fifth-place match against either Minot's Charlie Wentz or Bismarck Legacy's Bradley Moylan. It would be Mullowney's highest state finish.
"It would be a nice one for Connor to get a little redemption against Kareem and move on," Jamestown coach Ryan Iliff said. "It should be a good match."
Blue Jay senior Baylee Hatlewick fell to Kamel 7-6(5), 6-3 and Red River's Koby Kuenzel 6-4, 7-5 to end his singles tournament after two matches. Jamestown's doubles team of senior Cole Bennion and junior Ryder Lunzman met the same fate.
Bennion and Lunzman fell to Fargo Shanley's Finnian O'Donnell and Jonah Jelinski 6-1, 6-3 and to Bismarck Century's Ronak Kumar and Mason Pitcher 6-1, 6-2. Kumar and Pitcher, the West Region's top-seeded team, were upset in the opening round.
"That's a tough second round, playing a No. 1 seed," Illif said. "The guys had some difficult matches today."
Mullowney is hoping to finish his prep tennis career strong.
"I'll have a chance today," Mullowney said. "I just have to stay patient and wait for my opportunities."
UJ hockey falls to Minot
The 11th-ranked University of Jamestown men's hockey team (3-4) fell to top-ranked Minot 4-3 in a shootout Friday night at John L. Wilson Arena.
The Jimmies and the Beavers (6-0) will play a second game tonight in Minot at 7:30. The Jimmies moved up three spots in the latest ACHA Division I poll after sweeping former third-ranked Ohio University on the road last weekend.
The Beavers swept the Jimmies 1-0 and 3-1 on Sept. 28-29.
Blue Jay swimming/diving
Jamestown High School's Chea Baugh won the 200 IM (2:25.90) during Friday's double dual with Williston and Dickinson at the JHS pool.
The Blue Jays' Kenzie Carlson won the 50 free (26.69).
Thunder top Falcons
Ellendale-Edgeley-Kulm defeated Maple Valley-Enderlin 42-20 in Class 1A football Friday night.
EEK 7 14 14 7 -- 42
MVE 0 0 6 14 -- 20
2:58 EEK Nathan Peterson 1 run (Kodie Slivoskey kick) 7-0
9:47 EEK Peterson 5 run (Slivoskey kick) 14-0
0:13 EEK Clayton Grueneich 8 run (Slivoskey kick) 21-0
9:54 EEK Grueneich 8 run (Slivoskey kick) 28-0
6:18 MV-E Dustin Kasowski 8 pass from Hunter Smith (pass failed) 28-6
1:22 EEK Grueneich 35 pass from Jacob DeWald (Slivoskey kick) 35-6
10:59 MV-E Brandon Pierce 35 pass from Smith (pass failed) 35-12
1:44 EEK Jace Hanson 22 pass from Cale Mathern (Slivoskey kick) 42-12
1:22 MV-E Kasowski 70 run (Pierce run) 42-20