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The Jamestown High School girls track and field team collected three first-place finishes at the 2017 Wolves Invitational in Aberdeen last week. Abby Kallenbach paced the Blue Jays. The JHS sophomore's mark of 32 feet, 9.5 inches won the triple jump. Kallenbach also added a third in the high jump (4-9.75).
Jamestown's baseball doubleheader at Williston on Friday was postponed on Friday due to weather. The Blue Jays are scheduled to play on Tuesday at Mandan.
You can never have enough pitching, but this season the Blue Jays appear to have plenty. All 10 players dressed are expected to see time on the mound for Kelley Kessler's team, which opens the season today at Williston against the Coyotes. Having depth on the mound has been a point of emphasis in the youth levels in Jamestown, Kessler said. The JHS coach learned from his days as a high school pitcher that there's no such thing as having too many arms.
Mistakes doomed the University of Jamestown baseball team on Wednesday in Moorhead. The Jimmies committed three errors and issued five walks in a 6-5 loss to Concordia College. Down 6-2 entering the ninth, the Jimmies scored three runs, but Joe Hallock got the final out to end it for the Cobbers. "We had too many free passes and mental mistakes today," UJ baseball coach Tom Hager said. The Cobbers (8-7) scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning off Lance Kotter and never trailed.
When given the chance to play basketball in Australia, Macy Willson had a quick response. "I automatically wanted to go," the senior at Barnes County North High School said. "It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity." Willson will play for the North Dakota Central Conference girls basketball team at the Down Under Games in Queensland, Australia. The tournament begins on July 10. Between now and then Willson has two goals. "Fundraising and getting in really good shape are my main priorities," she said.
The offensive output by the Jimmie softball team looked more like football scores in Forest City, Iowa. Another lopsided sweep of Waldorf University on Monday—15-10 and 16-0—put the final tally at 63 runs in four games as the University of Jamestown ran its winning streak to nine in front of a seven-hour bus ride home. The Jimmies improved to 22-12 overall and 7-1 in the North Star Athletic Association.
Chase Thometz put a tidy end to a four-game sweep for the University of Jamestown baseball team on Monday. The junior from Sandy, Ore., fired a five-hit shutout as the Jimmies swept Waldorf University 11-5 and 2-0, capping a 4-0 start to the North Star Athletic Association schedule. "Chase had an outstanding performance. He really slammed the door," Hager said. "It's such a luxury to have your starter throw like he did in the final game of a series." The Jimmies, who have won five in a row, improved to 21-8 overall.
The new dugouts at Jack Brown Stadium are nearly done. In baseball terms, fundraising efforts are in the bottom of the ninth. Originally pegged to cost about $250,000, the final number has turned into a bit of a moving target. Jeff Gould, lead organizer and fundraiser of the project, is determined to hit the mark, which likely will come in at about $300,000. Tax-deductible donations can still be made. They can be sent to Jamestown Parks and Recreation Department, c/o Bonnie Ukestad, 1002 Second Ave. SE, Jamestown, N.D., 58401. In the memo line include: Dugouts.
It's been a roller coaster start to the season for the University of Jamestown softball team. The Jimmies appear to back on an upward trajectory after winning the final five games on a six-game road trip to Kansas and South Dakota, including a sweep of Mount Marty College on Monday in Yankton, S.D. After winning the first game 7-5, the Jimmies rolled 13-1 in five innings in the finale before the five-hour ride back home. The sweep came one day after UJ blanked No. 9-ranked Morningside (Iowa) thanks to another stellar pitching performance by senior ace Hanna Dunnigan.