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On the diamond, Kindred-Richland does everything pretty well. The Vikings' undefeated record shows that. But according to co-head coach Sam Brandt, chemistry might be the true secret sauce. "It's a very unique group of kids. To me, that might be the biggest positive attribute," she said. "Everyone plays their role very well and they play it enthusiastically. "And they genuinely enjoy being around each other. That might help more than anything."
From left, Jamestown High School seniors Carter Weiser, Ben Friebel, Nolan Kratz, Hunter Beckman and Andrew Nohrenberg have led the Blue Jays to the state tournament. In a sign of the times, Kelley Kessler had a fitting way of summing up his senior class.
Jamestown fell short of the state golf tournament on Tuesday.
The state Class B baseball tournament returns to Jamestown this weekend. The tournament was last held here in 2014 with Watford City claiming its first state title. Defending champion and unbeaten Thompson (19-0) along with Kindred-Richland (27-1) are viewed as the favorites this time around. Region 3 champion Carrington usually plays its way into the mix. The Cardinals (17-6) placed second in 2015 and third last year. Play begins at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday at Jack Brown Stadium.
Dickinson edged Jamestown 5-4 in eight innings in the West Region baseball championship game on Saturday night in Minot. The Blue Jays led 4-3 after six innings, but the defending state champion Midgets scored a single run in the seventh to tie and won it in the bottom of the eighth. The Blue Jays face West Fargo-Sheyenne in the opening round of the state tournament on Thursday in Mandan.
CLASS A BOYS Team scores (Final) 1. Legacy 143. 2. Century 109. 3. Minot 87. 4. Bismarck 60. 5. Fargo Davies 54. 6. Grand Forks Red River 49. 7. Williston 48. 8. (tie) West Fargo Sheyenne and Fargo South 44. 10. Fargo North 34. 11. Mandan 28. 12. West Fargo 23. 13. Dickinson 11. 14. Wahpeton 7. Individual Results
Kaianna Arellano earned the third All-American honor of her career at the NAIA national track and field meet in Gulf Shores, Ala., on Friday. The junior from the University of Jamestown took eighth place in the heptathlon with a career-best point total of 4,506. Arellano was ranked 15th out of 16 going in. She had PRs in five of the seven events—100 hurdles, shot put, 200 meters, javelin and 800. The long jump (15-2.50), javelin (82-4) and 800 (2:27.78) were held on Friday.
The Blue Jays sealed a trip to state on Friday night in Minot. Today, they play for a region championship. Strong pitching again carried Jamestown at the West Region baseball tournament in a 5-2 semifinal win over the host Magicians. One day after Ben Friebel spun a two-hit shutout against Bismarck Century, Andrew Nohrenberg and Dawson Douty held Minot down for a semifinal victory.
Edgeley-Kulm sophomore standout Isaac Huber earned runner-up honors in the 1,600-meter run at the state Class B track meet on Friday in Bismarck. Huber broke up a top 5 sweep by distance-running powerhouse New Town with his second-place effort of 4 minutes, 24.15 seconds. Huber also is a contender in the 3,200 and 800 today. The Rebels had another top 4 finish as eighth-grade jumper Jorgen Paulson sailed 20 feet, 5.5 inches to earn fourth in the long jump.
Abby Kallenbach rewrote the record books on Friday at the state track meet. The Jamestown High School sophomore place second in the high jump at the Bismarck Community Bowl. Kallenbach cleared 5 feet, 4 inches to beat the old Blue Jay mark by one inch. "When I made 5-3 I was like, 'This is awesome. Now I gotta make 5-4 and clear them all off the board," Kallenbach said. She did.