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Optimist Club cites athletes for awards

Beka Hilgemann and Eathan Gumke of Jamestown High School and the University of Jamestown’s Aleona Reyes and Andre Aguinaga have been named athletes of the week by the Jamestown Optimist Club.

Hilgemann, a junior on the state champion Blue Jay volleyball team, had 21 kills, 22 digs and four blocks at the state tournament in Minot last weekend in helping Jamestown to its first ever state championship.

Gumke, a senior wrestler at JHS, went 2-0 to open the season, posting wins over a state-placer from Bismarck Century and a pin against Turtle Mountain. Gumke is ranked No. 2 at 195 pounds.

Reyes, a senior from Belen, N.M., on the Jimmie women’s cross country team, placed 13th out of 319 runners at the NAIA national meet in Lawrence, Kan., to earn All-American honors for the third time. Reyes finished in a time of 18 minutes and 15 seconds.

Aguinaga, a freshman from Chubbock, Idaho, finished 296th at the national cross country meet in a time of 28:36.