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The 2017 season officially began for the Jimmie football team on Friday. Nearly 100 players, 98 to be exact, reported for fall camp 22 days before the season opener at home against Hastings (Neb.) on Aug. 26.
Age is just a number for the Jamestown Tarno Townies. The veteran amateur baseball team, and defending Class A champs, have had a busy summer. Tom Gould's roster of seasoned stars take on Thompson on Saturday at 1 p.m. in game 2 of the Class A state tournament at Jack Brown Stadium. "I was talking to Fitzy (Andy Fitzgerald) about how they must've played 15 or more games this year and that's more than the past three years," said Gould, who also is NDABI president. "I'm so proud of those guys. They're high 30s and 40s and even 50s and they keep coming out."
Megan Kuehl was not looking to leave her coaching job at St. Norbert College in Green Bay. But, an opportunity in Jamestown was too good to pass up. Kuehl, pronounced Keel, has been hired as head women's track and field coach of the Jimmies. She replaces Jim Clark, who founded the women's program in 1979 and guided it to 42 conference championships. Clark remains the women's cross country coach at UJ.
A morning boating mishap didn't do much to slow down Josh Klein and Jay Kulla. The local pro anglers ran into a tree during day 1 of the Cabela's Masters Walleye Circuit tournament at Devils Lake on July 21, but a big comeback was in store. "We lost a few hours (Friday) and that put us behind the 8-ball," Klein said. The pair surged on Saturday, though, climbing from 19th to finish fifth overall in the 80-team field. Their fifth-place finish earned them $2,200. They also netted the biggest walleye on Saturday, an 8.12-pounder good for $800.
Thompson edged Carrington 6-5 at the Class B state American Legion baseball tournament in Steele on Saturday. Carrington, winners of the the last three state B titles, was eliminated with the loss. Thompson advances to the championship round on Sunday and will have to be defeated twice by Nelson County. The tournament winner advances to the Central Plains Regional in Wahpeton next week.
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.
Fargo Post 400 3, Jamestown 0 Jamestown 3, Fargo Post 400 0
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.