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Continuing its Class B American Legion baseball dynasty is plenty motivation enough for Carrington. This year, however, Post 25 has an additional carrot waiting at the end. Unlike last year, if Carrington wins its fourth straight 'B' title, it'll mean a trip to Wahpeton for a regional tournament. "It's nice to know that option exists if we do get to that point," Carrington coach Tim Ranum said. "That isn't our main concern right now, though. We want to get to state and see what happens."
After nearly 25 years in the classroom, Michael Schultz was looking for something different. He found it close to home. The 1983 Jamestown College graduate, and Lisbon, N.D., native, was hired recently as the new activities director at Valley City High School. Schultz has been a teacher and coach the past 24 years at Washington High School in Sioux Falls, the second-largest school in South Dakota.
Growing up in Jamestown, Jacoby Lloyd really wanted to be a Blue Jay athlete. Lloyd's getting the chance now as the new head coach of the JHS boys basketball team. Lloyd, 28, lived in Jamestown until his family moved to Bismarck when he was in sixth grade. Lloyd returns with an impressive resume, including the last eight years as an assistant coach at Bismarck Century.
Tyler Ukestad considers himself a "busy person." No kidding. Based on all the balls the 2014 Jamestown High School graduate is juggling, nobody can dispute that.
With a handful of coaching spots to fill, Jamestown High School athletic director Jim Roaldson is in for a busy summer. One opening was filled on Wednesday as Andy Fitzgerald was named new head coach of the Blue Jay girls hockey team. Fitzgerald moves over from the boys team where he's been an assistant coach since 2002. "I thought it was a good opportunity for me and timing-wise it seems to line up pretty well," said Fitzgerald, who also has two young hockey-playing daughters. "I'm ready for the next challenge in my life."
Nate Rodriguez got some good-natured ribbing, but nothing too severe. The three-sport standout at Valley City High School recently signed with the University of Jamestown baseball team. In doing so, he became the rare Hi-Liner product to sign with his hometown's chief rival. "Some of my friends that are going to VCSU were heckling me and giving me a bad time, but they were just kidding around," Rodriguez said. "A lot of people have been very supportive, even some diehard VCSU fans were congratulating me and wishing me the best."
Jordan Koushkouski's been a key cog in the Jamestown tennis operation for more than a decade. An assistant coach since 2005, and head coach for the last year-and-a-half, Koushkouski is headed for California and a new career opportunity. Leaving the program he played for in high school, and coached for the last 12 years, was a difficult decision. "It's been a great experience. It wasn't like I was looking to leave coaching at all," the 2003 JHS grad said. "If I could have it my way I'd still be coaching, but things don't work out like that all the time."
Despite a bumpy start to the summer, there's no panic for Post 14. Having two veteran horses to send to the mound also helps. Off to a 1-7 start, Nolan Kratz and Ben Friebel helped steady the ship on Friday with back-to-back complete games as Jamestown swept Mandan by identical 4-3 scores at Jack Brown Stadium.
The bell at Newman Arena will ring after every Jimmie win. The first ding could be for the building itself. Fast progress is being made on the spacious 61,000-square-foot arena, which will begin hosting University of Jamestown sporting events in the fall.
Leaving the program he started was excruciating for Dean Stork. The University of Jamestown hockey coach said he "cried buckets" over the decision to step down, but it was something he had to do. Stork's wife and two daughters live in Ohio, and he has an NCAA Division I assistant coaching opportunity lined up. An official announcement on the location will come at a later date.