Selvig has been a sports writer at The Sun since 1999 and sports editor since 2009.
- Member for
- 3 years 8 months
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.
The Blue Jays had just one hit in the opening game of Tuesday's doubleheader against Bismarck. But it was a big one, and it was hit really hard. With two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the third inning, Nolan Kratz cracked a double off the right-field fence to clear the bases and send Jamestown to a 5-3 win over the Demons at Jack Brown Stadium. The Demons salvaged the split in game 2, 12-5. Kratz, the Jays' hard-hitting senior, was looking for something to drive and he did not miss.
The season came to an end for both the University of Jamestown baseball and softball teams on Tuesday in NAIA national tournament play. In Hutchinson, Kansas, the Jimmie baseball team fell to Tabor College 9-5. The Jimmies jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a two-run homer by Landon Uetz in the bottom of the first inning. But the host Blue Jays, ranked 13th in the final NAIA top 25 poll of the season, scored four times in the top of the second inning and led the rest of the way.
Jamestown 5, Bismarck 3 BHS 030 00 -- 3 3 0 JHS 005 0x -- 5 1 0 Trea Irey, Nate Burkhardsmeier (3) and Shane Siverson. Nolan Kratz and Ben Friebel. W--Kratz. L--Irey. Highlights: Will Madler 1-3, Jalen Ziegler 1-3 R; Andrew Feist 1-2. JHS, Kratz 1-2 R, 2B 3 RBI; 5 IP, 1 H, 3 R (0 ER), 5 BB, 2 HBP, 5 SO; Dawson Douty 0-1 R, BB, HBP; Friebel 0-2 R, RBI.
The University of Jamestown baseball and softball teams were eliminated from the NAIA national tournaments on Tuesday in loser-out play. In Hutchinson, Kan., the UJ baseball team lost to Tabor, Kan. 9-5. Landon Uetz hit a two-run home run for the second straight day. The Jimmies end the season with a record of 40-21. Nico Kelly had three hits and Christian Shouman added two. Brad Bennett was the losing pitcher after getting knocked out in the second inning.