The Jamestown High School volleyball team graduated most of its team, so growing pains were hard to avoid this season. The Blue Jays finished 20-19 overall—that's what serves as a rebuilding year in this program. Jamestown missed out on state for the first time in four years, losing a 3-0 match to Bismarck Legacy at the West Region tournament in a state-qualifier.
Stuart Brandt wasn't mentally ready for his match on Tuesday at the Hansen Center. Still, after 2 minutes of fighting from the bottom, the University of Jamestown 141-pound wrestler only trailed Spencer Erb of Itasca Community College (Minn.) by a score of 2-1. "He got off to a good start, and I wasn't ready," said Brandt, a native of Moorhead, Minnesota. "I slowed down, got my composure and took it home." Brandt busted loose for an escape and grabbed a leg for a quick takedown, putting Johnson on his back to take a big lead en route to pinning him in 3 minutes, 43 seconds.
The success of the North Dakota State football team sold Quinn Alo. The LaMoure-Litchville-Marion standout lineman committed to play for the Bison next season, choosing preferred walk-on status over a partial scholarship at the University of North Dakota. Minnesota State-Mankato was also in the mix.
Bismarck Century flexed its muscles against Jamestown on Friday at the West Region volleyball tournament. The Patriots used a stifling and thunderous attack to earn a 25-12, 25-6, 25-20 semifinal triumph at Century High School. They earn a trip to the Class A state tournament with the win, punching their ticket to tonight's championship bout. Jamestown drops into a state-qualifer, where it plays Bismarck Legacy at noon.
It's November, and the University of Jamestown women's basketball team is in Wisconsin. Even head coach Greg Ulland had a hard time remembering Friday's affair against Viterbo was a conference game. "It's really weird playing a conference game in November," he said. "At this point, we're just trying to get better. We didn't put more emphasis on it being conference or nonconference.
Taylor Bradley will be swimming with some big fish at the state swimming and diving meet today. The freshman from Jamestown High School qualified for the "A" finals in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1 minute, 10.16 seconds in the prelims Friday at the Bismarck Aquatic Center. Bradley cut nearly a 1.5 seconds off her seed time to earn the No. 8 spot. The top eight compete for a state championship, while the bottom eight swim in the "B" finals. "It was good for her to make the finals," Jamestown coach Ben Smith said.
When Erin Hillerud took over as Jamestown High School's top diver, it affected her mentally. "I was still extremely scared of a lot of my dives," she said. "The biggest thing that helped me was getting my forward two-and-a-half.
Jamestown looked the part of a young team facing a senior-laden squad in the opening game of its West Region tournament match against Mandan on Thursday afternoon. But after Mandan took a 1-0 lead, the young Blue Jays came together. Junior Mackenzie Clark piled up 15 kills as fifth-seeded Jamestown knocked off fourth-seeded Mandan 17-25, 25-20, 27-25 and 25-19 to advance to the semifinals for the fourth straight year. "We've gotten there different ways," Jamestown coach Sara Hegerle said.
Meghan Orr was good enough to earn playing time on a varsity roster as a freshman. With two other eventual all-state performers at her side—including her sister McKayla—the Jamestown High School standout had the perfect system in place for learning. "I was really nervous, but I knew I had my sister back there," she recalled. "That made me feel a lot better, and I was confident in myself." Four years later, Orr is the final player remaining from Jamestown's 2013 state volleyball championship team.
South Border handled an 0-2 deficit without concern on Thursday night. The Mustangs let Medina-Pingree-Buchanan win the first two before catching fire en route to winning the District 6 tournament with a five-set victory that locked up the No.