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Ukestad signs with VCSU

Jamestown High School’s Tyler Ukestad looks to the umpire after sliding into home plate during the West Region tournament last May in Mandan. Ukestad has signed to play baseball and football at Valley City State. Sun File Photo / Chris Aarhus

Tyler Ukestad will continue his playing days close to home.

The Jamestown High School product has signed with the Valley City State and will play baseball and football.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder had 15 catches for 259 yards as a wide receiver for the Blue Jays, during their resurgent 6-4 season. Defensively, Ukestad had two interceptions from his defensive back position. He earned all-West Region honors.

He joins Blue Jay teammate Marc Wagner, who signed earlier with the Viking football squad.

Ukestad hit over .400 as a junior during the high school season. However, he struggled at times over the summer, hitting .216 with 19 runs scored and 27 RBIs. He also had a triple and five doubles in 128 plate appearances.

He also had a good summer on the mound for Jamestown Post 14, posting a 4-2 record with a 3.32 ERA in 40 innings pitched. He walked 14 and struck out 10.

He is the son of Mark and Bonnie Ukestad.