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Blue Jays top Demons on tennis court

Jamestown's Isaac Mimong returns a serve during a tennis match against Mandan held earlier this season at Bolinger Courts. John M. Steiner / The Sun

A different setup produced similar results for Jamestown Blue Jay boys tennis Monday at Bolinger Courts.

Facing Bismarck in a non-conference 4-3 dual, the Blue Jays swept all four singles matches and dispatched the Demons 5-2. Jamestown improved to 5-3 overall, having also defeated Bismarck 8-1 in West Region action back on Sept. 4.

"We'll take the win," said Jamestown coach Bryan Edens, whose Blue Jays were in competition for a third time in four days on Monday. "We had some younger guys playing in those doubles matches. They all got some good experience, which is a great way to start building the program."

Ryder Pringle and Gage Orr, filling in for Kaden Williams who was out with the flu bug, rolled 6-0, 6-2 at No. 1 doubles against Calvin Karalus and Makai Ogoshi. Jamestown eighth-graders Kane Schmidt and Carson Dewald, and seventh-graders Cameron Andersen and Adam Sortland, dropped doubles matches at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, but valuable experience was gained.

"It wasn't the typical 6-3 setup, so guys didn't get to play both ways today," Edens said. "But it was fun to see those younger seventh and eighth graders in there competing."

Blue Jay junior Isaac Mimong rolled in straight sets at No. 1 singles, defeating Lucas Schell 6-4, 6-4. Senior Ryder Lunzman also had a relatively easy go of things at No. 2, topping Noah Fettig 6-4, 6-3.

"Ryder played really well in that No. 2 spot today," Edens said. "He's been going three sets quite a bit lately, so it was fun to see him win in two."

Sophomore Kaden Schmidt went to a third-set tiebreaker with Bismarck junior Tyler Olson at No. 3 singles, but Schmidt eventually edged the upperclassman 2-1.

"We've talked about being mentally tough and Kaden did an excellent job," Edens said. "He got down in the first set, won the second and was able to win the third in a tiebreaker.

"The kid battled. It was a great win for him and the team."

Edens penciled in sophomore Dawson Mee at No 4 singles and Mee didn't disappoint. The Blue Jay ran away with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Nic Devine.

"I put Dawson in the No. 4 spot and he was really worried beforehand," Edens said. "But he came out and played really well, which was just a big confidence builder for him."

The Blue Jays stay busy tomorrow, Sept. 11, as they'll look to remain undefeated in West Region competition. Jamestown (5-3, 2-0 WDA) travels to face Bismarck Century (3-6, 1-1 WDA).

"We know they're pretty competitive," Edens said of the Patriots. "There's not a lot of room for error tomorrow."

Jamestown 5, Bismarck 2

Singles

No. 1: Isaac Mimong, J def. Lucas Schell 6-4, 6-4.

No. 2: Ryder Lunzman, J def. Noah Fettig 6-4, 6-3.

No. 3: Kaden Schmidt, J def. Tyler Olson 6-7(x), 6-4, 7-6(4).

No. 4: Dawson Mee, J def. Nic Devine 6-1, 6-0.

Doubles

No. 1: Ryder Pringle/Gage Orr, J def. Calvin Karalus/Makai Ogoshi 6-0, 6-2.

No. 2: Adam Vasichek/Isaiah Koch, B def. Kane Schmidt/Carson Dewald 6-4, 6-1.

No. 3: Gabe Hanson/Avery Butler, B def. Cameron Andersen/Adam Sortland 6-1, 6-2.

Michael Savaloja

Hometown: Churchs Ferry, N.D.; College: North Dakota

A recipient of the NDHSCA Award of Merit, Savaloja has been reporting sports for The Sun since 2008.

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