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Wednesday night's East-West Senior All-Star soccer matches at Rotary Field will have a decidedly blue and white feel. The games will feature 16 recent Jamestown High School graduates, eight boys and eight girls. The heavy Blue Jay contingent certainly is earned.The JHS girls are coming off a 15-2 season, including a West Region championship. Back in the fall, the Blue Jay boys took second in the West.
Jamestown's season ended with a 10-2 loss against Minot in the fifth-place game of the Class A state baseball tournament in Mandan on Saturday. The Blue Jays' season ended at 17-21, including a second-place finish at the West Region tournament the previous weekend in Minot. Also on Saturday, Nolan Kratz was named co-Senior Athlete of the Year with Luke Sandy of Fargo Shanley. Kratz also was named unanimously to the all-state tournament team. Jamestown head coach Kelley Kessler was named the Class A Coach of the Year.
Theresa Klinnert's arm was a little sore after Saturday's Class B state softball tournament championship game. The pain was worth it, though. Kindred-Richland's ace pitcher fired her third straight complete-game shutout of the tournament as the Vikings edged Central Cass 1-0 to repeat as Class B champions on Saturday night in Jamestown. All seven zeroes were needed as Madison Olien's grounder to second scored Amanda Roesler for the walkoff win.
Power's been a big part of Park River-Fordville-Lankin's success this season. Saturday night in the Class B state championship game in Jamestown, the Aggies' thunder rolled again. Sophomore Adam Zavalney's three-run home run in the top of the fifth inning broke a 4-all tie to help the Aggies to an 8-4 win over defending champion Thompson. It is believed to be the first high school baseball title for Park River, Fordville or Lankin.
Minot defeated Jamestown 10-2 in the fifth-place game at the Class A state baseball tournament in Mandan on Saturday. The Blue Jays were held to four hits by Minot's Lofton Klabunde. Nolan Kratz, Carter Weiser, Ty Fischer and Tommy Falk each had one hit. Andrew Nohrenberg, starting pitcher for the Blue Jays, was charged with the loss. Jamestown finishes the season with a record of 17-21.
Thompson's unbeaten season and hopes of a second straight state title survived a stiff test from Carrington Friday night at Jack Brown Stadium. The Tommies just managed to beat the weather too. Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh inning—with wind howling and rain pounding—Tyler Hegg singled home Calen Schwabe to lift the Tommies to a 5-4 Class B state semifinal win over Carrington.
Jackson Hankey has big-time football in his future. But before that, he's got some unfinished business on the diamond. Hankey's long three-run home run sparked Park River-Fordville-Lankin's 9-3 win over Kindred-Richland in semifinal action of the Class B state tournament on Friday at Jack Brown Stadium. Hankey, a preferred walkon recruit for NDSU, connected for his sixth home run of the season in the Aggies' five-run fourth inning.
There was no hangover for the Blue Jay baseball team on Friday. Senior Nolan Kratz made sure of that. After a lopsided loss to West Fargo Sheyenne on Thursday at the Class A state baseball tournament in Mandan, Jamestown bounced back with a 6-0 blanking of the Braves on Friday. Kratz fired a two-hit shutout on the mound, walking one and striking out seven. "It's nice when you can put your horse on the mound and he goes out and throws a gem like that," JHS coach Kelley Kessler said. "It says a lot about Nolan and we're very happy he's on our team."
There was no hangover for the Blue Jay baseball team on Friday. Senior Nolan Kratz made sure of that. After a lopsided loss to West Fargo Sheyenne on Thursday at the Class A state baseball tournament in Mandan, Jamestown bounced back with a 6-0 blanking of the Braves on Friday. Kratz fired a two-hit shutout on the mound, walking one and striking out seven. “It’s nice when you can put your horse on the mound and he goes out and throws a gem like that,” JHS coach Kelley Kessler said. “It says a lot about Nolan and we’re very happy he’s on our team.”
One big inning did the trick for Kindred-Richland. The right arms of Brandon Roesler and Ethan Lingen also played a key part in the Vikings' 5-1 win over Shiloh Christian in the first game of the state Class B baseball tournament in Jamestown on Thursday. "I'm glad we finally went and got our bats out of the bus for the fifth inning," joked Kindred-Richland coach Scott Milbrandt. "We hadn't done much up until that point. Give their pitcher (Cole Baumiller) credit. We couldn't get much going against him."