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It's easy to sit and talk about everything Jamestown High School girls soccer won't be returning to the pitch this season. But that requires ignoring Peyton Rudnick, one of the state's top attackers. The junior forward is coming off an 11-goal, four-assist sophomore campaign that saw her achieve second team all-state status for the Blue Jays. Jamestown, the defending West Region conference champion, is scheduled to open the season April 10 hosting Minot at Rotary Field, weather permitting.
Jamestown High School has an interesting blend of experience and up-and-coming talent on its 2018 softball roster. But who's going to patrol center field? "Every year you can say you've got to find replacements, and some years are harder than others," said Blue Jay softball coach Mike Soulis.
Every move up the rankings this spring is a new high-water mark for University of Jamestown softball. The Jimmies soared to No. 16 in the latest NAIA coaches' top 25 poll released Tuesday, March 27. Up from 21st, Jamestown has a chance to solidify its new ranking Friday with three games against rival Valley City State University.
Jamestown High School's Mason Walters was a difference maker this past season on the basketball court. Gone was the rather lanky sophomore who averaged around nine points and three rebounds per game for the 2-win Blue Jays a year ago, and in his place stood a 6-foot-6 force with which to be reckoned. The state's media members took notice. Walters was one of five athletes voted to this year's Class A boys basketball all-state second team, as selected by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
Jamestown High School's Matthew Schneider and Connor Fuchs were both awarded all-state honors in boys hockey for a second straight year. The Blue Jay tandem was part of eight seniors that helped lead Jamestown to the state boys hockey tournament for the first time since 2013, and its first state tournament win in 22 years. The Blue Jays defeated Grafton-Park River 4-2 before falling to Bismarck 3-1 for fifth place. Jamestown finished the season at 14-12 overall.
Meghan Ford broke her own Jamestown High School record Saturday, March 17, at the Cobber Indoor track and field meet in Moorhead, Minn. The freshman won the 3200-meter run in a new indoor school-record time of 11 minutes, 20.39 seconds inside Concordia College's Olson Forum. Ford's pace was nearly 6 seconds faster than her previous best of 11:26.26, which she set last season as an eighth-grader. The victory helped Jamestown total 63.5 points and place fifth in the girls team standings.
BISMARCK—Carrington had second-ranked St. John on the ropes after three quarters Saturday at the Bismarck Events Center. Coach Tim Ranum's red birds had just received seven big points off the bench from junior Drew Page—including a fadeaway jumper from the right baseline that connected at the buzzer—and Carrington was in command of the third-place game of the state Class B boys basketball tournament 45-36 against the Woodchucks.
BISMARCK—Carrington boys basketball took its best swing at the defending state champion Friday, but top-ranked Hillsboro-Central Valley remained standing. The Burros' senior sharpshooter Ryan Troftgruben came off the bench and buried four 3-pointers on semifinal night of the state Class B tournament at the Bismarck Events Center. All 12 points were big ones, helping the Burros to a 54-51 win over the Cardinals. Hillsboro will play Minot Bishop Ryan in Saturday's title game at 8 p.m., while Carrington will play St. John at 6 p.m. for third place.
BISMARCK—Carrington missed its first six shots from the field to start the third quarter Thursday at the Bismarck Events Center, and it appeared it wasn't going to be the Cardinals' night. But Carrington boys basketball just doesn't know how to quit. Carrington used an 18-4 run to dig itself out of a 12-point, second-half deficit against the Stanley Blue Jays in the quarterfinals of the state Class B tournament. The Cardinals held on to beat Stanley 63-59 and will play defending state champion Hillsboro-Central Valley in Friday's semifinals at 8:15 p.m.
CARRINGTON, N.D.—Seth Nelson's first attempt at dunking a basketball during high school competition wasn't a total disaster. The bucket counted, even though—as Nelson put it—he got "rim-stuffed" pretty badly. "It ended up going in, somehow," said the 6-foot-3 Carrington sophomore, as he explained the awkward throw down that occurred during an eight-point loss to Thompson in Carrington back on Dec. 21. "Everybody had been bugging me here, so I had to take the chance (again) the first time I saw it."