JAYS/JIMMIES ROUNDUP: Azure leads Jays in Bismarck
Sarah Azure has been the Blue Jays No. 1 girls golfer all season, and that didn't change Friday at Bismarck's Tom O'Leary Golf Course.
Azure's 81 tied for fifth overall and helped Jamestown secure fifth out of 10 teams at the Bismarck Century Invite. Bismarck St. Mary's cruised to its sixth team victory of the season (320).
"Overall the girls did well off of the tee box," JHS coach Tracy Gustafson said. "We ran into some trouble with trees and hazards, but they were able to make a clean punch shot and recover well. I'm always impressed with how the girls react after a tough shot or hole."
Mara LeFevre and Kaitlin Mullowney were not far off Azure's 81, shooting an 84 and 85, respectively. Mullowney's 85 was her best effort of the season by a stroke.
Just two more invitationals remain before the West Region tournament fires up at Heart River Golf Course in Dickinson on Sept. 25. The Jays will be at the St. Mary's Invite at Riverwood Golf Course on Tuesday.
"The girls are excited for the next couple tournaments," Gustafson said. "Regions is right around the corner. We'll have to play smart, stay positive and motivated, and make strategic choices, especially with club selection at Heart River."
At Tom O'Leary
1. Bismarck St. Mary's 320; 2. Bismarck Century 322; 3. Minot 330; 4. Mandan 338; 5. Jamestown 345; 6. Williston 365; 7. Turtle Mountain 372; 8. Bismarck 405; 9. Bismarck Legacy 410; 10. Dickinson 475.
Individual Top 10
1. Marley Foltz, Minot, 75; 2. Tonya Dvorak, St. Mary's, 76; 3. Leah Herbel, Century, 77; 4. Sydney Smith, St. Mary's, 80; 5. (tie) Amber Domres, Century, 81; Sarah Azure, Jamestown, 81; 7. (tie) Cameron Easton, St. Mary's, 82; Abby Schmidt, St. Mary's, 82; Becca Tschetter, Minot, 82; Payton Roehrich, Mandan, 82; Deona Roehrich, Mandan, 82; Riley Crothers, Century, 82; Hannah Herbel, Century, 82.
Blue Jay scores
Sarah Azure 81; Mara LeFevre 84; Kaitlin Mullowney 85; Kyra Vogel 95; Alyssa Zachrison 101; Cora Wolsky 106.
UJ volleyball splits in La Crosse
Unforced miscues continued to plague the Jimmie volleyball team on Friday night.
Ranked No. 23 in the NAIA, the University of Jamestown defeated 16th-ranked Cornerstone (Mich.) 3-1, but were swept by Saint Xavier (Ill.) in La Crosse, Wis.
"We just had way too many errors all day long," UJ head coach Jon Hegerle said. "It's something that has been getting us all year where we've just had way too many unforced errors.
"The effort is good, but I've really been disappointed with our composure. Whenever we seem to be straightening things out, we serve a ball out of bounds or make some other mistake and it prevents us from building any momentum."
Statistics were not available from either match. The Jimmies beat Cornerstone 28-26, 23-25, 25-16, 25-19 before falling to Saint Xavier 25-21, 29-27, 25-16.
"Don't get me wrong, these are good teams, I just thought we let things get out of hand," Hegerle said. "We're just not managing our errors very well. As soon as we can get that figured out, that's really going to help us."
The Jimmies (5-4) play two more matches today in La Crosse against Aquinas (Mich.) and Olivet Nazarene (Ill.).
Optimist's top weekly athletes
Austin Shafer, Meghan Ford and Juliet Ramirez were selected Jamestown Optimist Club's athletes of the week.
Shafer, a senior midfielder on the Blue Jay boys soccer team, scored twice during Jamestown's only match of the week.
Ford, a freshman on the Blue Jay girls cross country team, won the Hi-Liner Invitational in Valley City. She ran a personal-best 18 minutes, 56 seconds over the 5,000 meters and led the Jays to a second-place team finish.
Ramirez, a junior on the Jimmie women's soccer team from Fairfield, Calif., recorded a goal and two assists in a pair of matches.