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FARGO—It was so far the best save of Breanna Nelson's young soccer career. Fargo Davies' freshman goalkeeper denied all-state senior striker Emily Reiten in the 42nd minute of Thursday's state tournament quarterfinals at Fargo Shanley's Sid Cichy Stadium. Nelson's diving effort preserved at 1-0 Eagles' victory over previously unbeaten Jamestown. Davies will face Fargo North in tonight's semifinals. Both of the tournament's top seeds fell, as Bismarck St. Mary's stunned West Fargo Sheyenne 3-2.
Jamestown High School teams don't often flirt with the type of rarefied air currently surrounding the girls soccer program. If the Blue Jays can run the table this weekend at the state soccer tournament in Fargo, they'll join the 1974 girls basketball team (18-0) and the 1933 football team (8-0) by capping a perfect season with a state championship. Jamestown (14-0-0), the tournament's only unbeaten team, faces Fargo Davies (9-4-3) in today's quarterfinals at Fargo Shanley High School's Sid Cichy Stadium. The game is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.
A poignant, changing of the guard-type moment ended Jamestown High School's softball season on Saturday at Trapper Field. Eighth-graders Ella Roaldson and Payton Gall were on first and second with two outs, while seventh-grader Jenna Fischer—batting ninth—stood in the batter's box. Jamestown was trailing Minot Bishop Ryan 12-10 in the seventh inning of a state-qualifying game of the West Region tournament.
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."