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Another clutch postseason pitching performance kept Carrington's 4-peat hopes alive. Lucas Geiszler fired a four-hit shutout as Carrington blanked Oakes 4-0 in loser-out play of the Class B state American Legion baseball tournament in Steele on Friday. Geiszler's gem was the latest in a series of memorable mound performances in state-tournament play by Carrington pitchers through the years. "I was just trying to throw strikes because I knew I had good defense behind me," said Geiszler, who will be a junior in the fall.
Jamestown Post 14 salvaged a split its final regular-season games of the summer, despite being held to just three hits in 14 innings. Kohl Kratz tossed a complete game on the mound as Jamestown edged Fargo Post 400 3-2 Thursday night. Post 14 was no-hit by Zach Staller in game 1, 3-0. Staller walked one and fanned five. In the second game, Kratz didn't allow a run until the seventh inning. He held Post 400 to one earned run on three hits with five strikeouts.
Jade Johnson's mom calls him the "gray hair child." Sheila Johnson said her son, Jade, a two-time All-American soccer player at the University of Jamestown, was "always hanging his big toe over the boundary line." Jade's 100-mile-per-hour approach to life is a dizzying story of determination, drive and achievement. And, of course, it still includes scoring a bunch of goals.
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Conference wins have been few and far between for Jamestown this summer. Getting one Wednesday against pitching-rich Grand Forks didn't figure to be easy, although the home team had the right guy on the mound to do it. Post 14 ace Nolan Kratz outpitched big Grand Forks righty Conner Richardson as Jamestown pulled out a 2-1 victory. Grand Forks trails only Dickinson, West Fargo and Fargo Post 2 in the statewide standings.
Numbers, like the temperatures, have been up at the Blue Jay football camp this week. Despite temps in the high 80s to low 90s on Sunday and Monday, JHS head coach Bill Nelson said things went off without a hitch for the nearly 100 campers. "It actually wasn't too bad," Nelson said. "We slowed some stuff down when we needed too and had extra water breaks, but all things considered it could've been a lot worse weather-wise."
Shauna (Isbell) Kemp isn't too far removed from her distinguished collegiate wrestling career. The new women's wrestling coach at the University of Jamestown is hoping to bring some of that success here. Kemp, who turns 26 next month, was a member of Team USA from 2012-13 and a 2012 Women's Collegiate Wrestling Association national champion while at Lindenwood University (Mo.). She also was a 2009 USA Wrestling Girls Folkstyle national champion.
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.