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Jamestown defeated Minot 5-2 on Friday night to seal a trip to next week's state Class A baseball tournament in Mandan. The Blue Jays will face defending Class A state champion Dickinson at 5 p.m. on Saturday for the West Region championship in Minot. Andrew Nohrenberg went four innings on the mound to get the win. Dawson Douty pitched three scoreless innings for the save. Ben Friebel and Nolan Kratz each had two hits for the Blue Jays, who improved to 16-18.
Kaiann Arellano earned All-American honors in the pentathlon at the NAIA national championships in Gulf Shores, Ala., on Friday. Arellano, a junior from Jamestown, scored a career-best 4506 points to finish eighth. The top eight finishers in each event earn All-American honors. Arellano won the 100-meter hurdles and was second in the high jump in heptathlon action on Thursday. The final three events - javelin, 800 meters and long jump - were held on Friday. Arellano also is qualified for the open high jump and 100 hurdles.
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. Arellano won the 100-meter hurdles in a PR of (14.89) and was second in the high jump (5-5 3/4). She also had PRs in the shot put (32-0 1/4) and 200 meters (26.56). Arellano entered the competition ranked 15th out of 16. The top eight finishers earn All-American honors.
Ben Friebel baffled Bismarck Century with a two-hit shutout to lead Jamestown to a 1-0 win over the Patriots at the West Region baseball tournament in Minot on Thursday. The Blue Jays were 0-4 against the Patriots during the regular season. Jamestown is the No. 7 seed, Century is seeded No. 2 in the tournament. Drew Murray had Jamestown's only hit and scored in the third inning.
Looking for a favorite in the West Region softball tournament? Flip a coin. It could be one of five or six teams, and the top seven seeds—including host Jamestown—all think they got a shot. "I think it's really balanced," said JHS coach Mike Soulis, whose team owns a 17-3 win over No.1-seeded Minot Ryan. "When you look at the schedule and the results, everybody's kinda been knocking each other off all season."
Carrington did it the hard way. Or, as coach Wayne Shipman called it, "The real hard way." After losing on Monday in day 1 of the Region 3 baseball tournament on their home field, the Cardinals snaked all the way back, capped by three wins on Wednesday. Carrington defeated Midkota-Dakota Prairie-Lakota (2-1) and Sheyenne-New Rockford twice (11-1 and 3-0) to earn its trip to Jamestown for the Class B state tournament June 1-2. "I knew the kids were capable, but we kinda put ourselves behind the 8-ball on Monday and it was a long way back," Shipman said.
Four scores in the 80s earned the Blue Jays a sixth-place finish at the Williston Invite on Monday. Coach John Samuelson was pleased with his team's play on the difficult Links of North Dakota course. "I felt like the boys played well," he said. "The Links can wear you out quickly just moving from green to tee. You will always run into wind there. ... But they seemed to handle it well." The Blue Jays, topped by Cole Bennion's 84, posted a 345. Minot's 320 won it. Carter Klein of Bismarck shot a blistering 72 for medalist honors. Eric DeBoer carded an 85.
DICKINSON—Cole Bennion turned in a top 10-performance on Friday in Dickinson. In fact he did even better than that. Bennion, a junior, tied for eighth place at Heart River Golf Course. Bennion's 78 knotted him with two others. "Cole put together a great round," said JHS coach John Samuelson. "I like how he managed his round. He has been close this year, but it seems like a stretch of two or three holes would hurt his round. Today, he had his hiccups, but he did a nice job not letting that affect his round as a whole."
Trailing 10-0 after five innings, the Jamestown High School baseball team rallied for an 11-10 win to finish off a sweep of Bismarck Legacy on Saturday. Tommy Falk capped the comeback, scoring Dawson Douty with a two-out double in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Jays scored eight runs in the sixth and three in the seventh to win it. The Blue Jays (14-18) won the first game 6-2. Nolan Kratz clubbed a three-run homer. Jamestown plays Bismarck Century on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. in the opening round of the West Region tournament in Minot.
Not all college athletes are big-time recruits with stellar high-school credentials. Kaiann Arellano continues to prove that every day. Already a two-time NAIA All-American, Arellano is qualified in three events for the national outdoor meet next week in Gulf Shores, Ala. It's been a meteoric rise for the junior at the University of Jamestown. Primarily a gymnast in high school for the Blue Jays, Arellano is building a resumé as one of the top track and field athletes ever for the Jimmies.