Dave Selvig / The Jamestown Sun
Valley City State has a new AD, but it's a familiar face. Jill DeVries, who has spent 17 of the last 18 years as the women's basketball coach for the Vikings, has been hired as the new athletic director. DeVries replaces Nate Stewart, who left VCSU for a different job at Centre College (Ken.) after just one year.
Dickinson left Minot with its title belt intact, but the Blue Jays had the champs on the ropes Saturday night. Jamestown led the defending Class A state champion Midgets 4-3 going into the bottom of the seventh inning in the West Region tournament championship game. But, Dickinson tied it in the seventh and walked it off in the eighth to spoil Jamestown’s third straight upset bid with a 5-4 victory.
The Jamestown High School girls tennis team qualified for state in pairs on Saturday in Minot. Kaitlin Mullowney and Payton Hoggarth teamed to place fifth at the West Region tournament, while teammates Megan Larson and Savannah Montoya also earned a trip to state in doubles.
Kaiann Arellano tied for 13th place in the high jump on Saturday at the NAIA national outdoor meet in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Arellano, a junior from Jamestown, cleared the opening height of 5 feet, 3 inches, but could get over 5-5. Previously, Arellano earned the third All-American plaque of her career for placing eighth in the heptathlon. Junior Amber Posner and sophomore Matt Young both competed in the marathon on Saturday.
Kaiann Arellano turned in a stellar performance on Thursday. The junior from Jamestown scored a third-place total of 2,937 points in the heptathlon at the NAIA national meet in Gulf Shores, Ala. The leader has 3,062 points. Second sits at 3,009. Eighth-place has 2,784.
Hanna Dunnigan and Brittany Rheault threw a blanket over Presentation College on Friday. Dunnigan tossed a 3-hit shutout, while Rheault allowed just one hit in seven innings as the Jimmies’ swept the Saints 8-0 and 2-1 in Aberdeen.
The Jimmies went big and little north of the border on Friday but the results were the same both times. After a 19-run outburst in the opener, the UJ baseball team was held to three tallies in the second game but still swept the University of Winnipeg 19-2 and 3-1 in Canada. The Jimmies improved to 25-11 overall and 8-2 in the North Star Athletic Association. The two teams play another doubleheader today and one 9-inning game on Sunday.
The Jamestown High School gymnastics team took a big jump in its second outing of the season. The Blue Jays improved by nearly five full points to earn a strong second-place finish at the Dickinson Invite on Friday. The Blue Jays’ 138.325 trailed only the powerhouse Midgets in the five-team meet.
The University of Jamestown basketball teams finished off a long weekend road trip with a pair of beatdowns on Saturday. The Jimmies combined to win by 72 points in sweeping Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa, making the 460-mile haul home a little more tolerable. After beating 21st-ranked Viterbo on Friday in LaCrosse, Wisc., the UJ men ended any doubt early on Saturday against Waldorf. The Jimmies hung 53 first-half points on the Warriors en route to a 92-65 win.
Kauri Hochhalter felt pressure trying to live up to the shadow of her big sister Kayla. It didn't take long, however, to realize she didn't need to play second fiddle to anyone. Kauri, one of the top throwers in the state, will try to close out her high school career with a bang this weekend at the state meet in Bismarck. The Carrington High School standout owns the top mark in the discus by nearly 15 feet (135-0). She also is seeded first in the shot put and third in the javelin.