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Alex Nihill wanted the ball back in her hand on Friday at Trapper Field, and the Jamestown High School freshman got the opportunity. Nihill's six innings of relief work and game-changing, two-RBI single in the fifth sparked the Blue Jays to an 11-10 victory over Bismarck Legacy in loser-out play of the West Region softball tournament. The clutch performance came one day after a mislocated pitch from Nihill cost Jamestown three runs in its quarterfinal loss to Bismarck Century. The Blue Jays face Minot Bishop Ryan in a state-qualifier today at 1 p.m.
Emily Reiten was unable to hide the happiness Thursday night at Rotary Field. The talented goal scorer and her seven Jamestown High School senior teammates helped the Blue Jays shutout Bismarck Legacy 5-0 in the final home soccer match of their careers. If there were any mixed emotions after it was all over, Reiten didn't show them. "It's been an exciting run," Reiten smiled. "I played as hard as I could all year, and the past five years."
Sophie McClean is having the time of her life on the soccer field. The Jamestown High School eighth-grader was the only back-line underclassman starting for the undefeated Blue Jays on Tuesday at Rotary Field, and McClean's soaking up the experience like a sponge. Jamestown struck in the first minute against Mandan and cruised to victory No. 13 on the spring—a new Blue Jay record—by the final of 4-0. The West Region champions have a chance to wrap up a perfect regular season on Thursday hosting Bismarck Legacy.
Sydney Soulis' bat is currently providing plenty of pop in the middle of Jamestown High School's batting order. The junior catcher hit a third home run in two games for the Blue Jays on Monday at Trapper Field. Soulis and junior shortstop Olivia Nihill each drove in three runs, lifting Jamestown past Turtle Mountain 13-1 in a West Region tournament play-in game. Jamestown will play Bismarck Century in the opening round of the regional back at Trapper Field on Thursday at 3 p.m.
Bismarck High tossed its best match of the season at the state's No. 1 girls soccer team on Friday at Rotary Field. But the undefeated Jamestown Blue Jays weathered the storm. Junior midfielder Megan Gaffaney's second-half brace pulled Jamestown to a 3-2, come-from-behind victory over the Demons. The Blue Jays, who are locked into this year's state tournament, improved to 12-0 overall.
Jamestown softball coach Mike Soulis was pleased with the effort of his team on Friday in Minot. The Blue Jays fought hard, but were swept by the Majettes 9-2 and 11-10 in Jamestown's final regular-season conference battle. The Blue Jays host Turtle Mountain on Monday at 5 p.m. in a West Region tournament play-in game. "It was two of the better games we've played in a while, and I'll take that going into next week," Soulis said. "We just have to understand that we can't give up multiple outs and that kind of stuff."
Thursday's West Region girls tennis dual between Jamestown and Bismarck was much closer than the final score would indicate. The Demons essentially escaped with a 6-3 victory, after the Blue Jays jumped out to a 2-1 lead after doubles play and dropped a pair of three-set matches in singles competition. Bismarck entered the dual as the No. 4 team in the region. "Even though it was a loss, I thought we did really well to play a team like that as close as we did," Jamestown coach Jordan Koushkouski said. "It started with doubles and we came out firing."
JAMESTOWN, N.D.—Billie Christ was back in his element on Saturday at Jamestown Speedway. The Jamestown WISSOTA Street Stock driver missed the final seven races at his hometown track in 2016, including the 45th annual Stock Car Stampede, while attending warrant officer training for the U.S. Army in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Christ graduated near the top of his class in November, only to shatter his right wrist in a shop incident in February. But racing wasn't about to be further postponed.
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West Region softball coaches will take any chance they can to sharpen live-action skills, especially late in the season. Jamestown High School belted 30 hits and scored 44 runs on Friday against visiting Turtle Mountain Community High School at Trapper Field. The Blue Jays swept the doubleheader 21-4 and 23-3. The Bravettes came into the game winless in the conference.