Jamestown High School girls tennis coach Jordan Koushkouski was pleased to start with doubles for Saturday's dual at Dickinson. "We didn't have such a great singles day (on Friday)," he said. "Doubles allowed us to have an extended warmup for singles, and with partners out there, it helps keep their spirits up." Bailee Graves and Kaitlin Mullowney set the tone, rallying from a first-set loss to take the next two at No. 1 doubles as the Blue Jays triumphed 6-3 in West Region action.
The Jamestown High School boys golf team couldn't find any rhythm during its only home meet of the season. The Blue Jays again struggled at the Jamestown Country Club, shooting a 374 for a two-day 734 and 17th place out of 19 teams. "The last two years at East-West, we haven't done very well," sophomore Connor Mullowney said. "I don't know what's going on, but I'm almost positive this isn't gonna happen again."
Nick Lembke had himself a day at Jack Brown Stadium. The Bismarck Century senior was a tough out, going 6 for 6 with three doubles as the Patriots downed Jamestown 7-4 in the opening game of a West Region baseball doubleheader on Friday. Century took the sweep with a 9-0 victory. Lembke was dominant in both out of the No. 2 hole, scoring three times in the opener and once more in the nightcap. However, he's quick to point out it hasn't been indicative of his season.
Connor Mullowney has a hard time explaining why he hit so many fairways on Friday, but he's not about to apologize for his success. The Jamestown High School sophomore had a career round, shooting an 80 to tie for 14th during the first day of the East-West Classic at the Jamestown Country Club. "I just put all of the elements of the game together," Mullowney said. "Normally one part is always off, but everything came together really well." Mullowney said his short game is usually always on and that his drives are often the trouble-maker. That's what changed.
With her team struggling to answer, Olivia Nihill came through. The sophomore shortstop for Jamestown High School provided the game-tying double in the bottom half of a 7-4 win over Valley City on Tuesday at Trapper Field. Nihill said her team needed some momentum, offensively. It was followed by Jadee Lange's single that plated Nihill and gave the Blue Jays the lead for good.
Bismarck High School senior Jordan Mann was in control from the first pitch on Friday. The University of Jamestown football recruit spun a gem, allowing one hit over five innings in a 2-0 West Region victory against Jamestown at Jack Brown Stadium. Strong pitching was key for the Demons in both games, as Harris Rice went all seven innings for a three-hitter to help Bismarck to a 4-0 win and the sweep.
Austin Rene calls his junior season of golf disappointing due to a lack of consistency. "It was kind of a slump," the Jamestown High School senior said. "I couldn't put a full 18 holes together. At Prairie West (in Mandan), I shot a 33 on the front nine and I thought I had changed things around. Then I shot a 42 on the back." In his final prep season, Rene hopes to draw from the well that helped him place third at state as a sophomore. He got off to a slow start on Monday, tying for eighth place with an 81 at the Minot Invite at Souris Valley Golf Course.
The Jamestown High School baseball team will have unfinished business when it hosts Minot on May 14. The second game of a doubleheader between the two teams Thursday at Minot had to be stopped after seven innings with the game tied at 10 because of darkness. Jack Hoeven Park, Minot's secondary field, is not equipped with lights, and the game will resume when the Magicians come to Jamestown for a doubleheader.
For Jamestown High School sprinter Madison Barnes, the track and field program at Northern State University was the right fit. "When I went there, it just felt right," she said. "It reminded me of Jamestown. I liked the size of it a lot." Barnes signed on Wednesday, choosing a four-year scholarship offer from the NCAA Division II Wolves over a chance at a scholarship at D-1 North Dakota State. "They weren't going to offer a scholarship till my second year, so that was a big factor," Barnes said. "I liked the feel of Aberdeen better."
As has often been the case for the Jamestown High School girls softball team this season, a loss in the first game on Tuesday didn't seem to shake anyone's confidence. Instead, Jamestown blitzed host Bismarck High with eight runs over the first three innings en route to an 11-8 West Region triumph. The Demons won the opener 7-5. "It was a pretty good start—I should dial that up every time," Jamestown coach Mike Soulis joked about game 2. "We hit the ball very well in the second game."