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Meghan Ford didn't disappoint on Wednesday at the Fargo South Andrew Carlson Distance Challenge. The Jamestown eighth-grader dusted the field by nearly a minute in the 4,000-meter girls cross country race held at Fargo's Iwen Park. Ford won in 15 minutes, 1.77 seconds, with Fargo Davies' Bridget Henne crossing second with a time of 15:51.06. "Meghan did a great job," Jamestown coach Ken Gardner said. "We had talked a little bit before the meet that she had a good shot at coming home with the win.
Bismarck High School had been looking for a key win on the volleyball court this season. The Demons got one on Tuesday at Jamestown High School. All-conference outside hitter Cara Haussler hammered home 20 kills, and Jessie Oja turned up 48 assists, helping Bismarck pick up a 3-2 West Region victory over the Blue Jays. "We've been talking about when we get into little slumps we all start to individualize, and coming together as a team was huge for us tonight," Bismarck coach Shari Hewson said. "Our girls played amazing tonight.
The Blue Jay volleyball team took a step forward over the weekend in Fargo. Jamestown High School went 5-2 and finished fourth at the two-day Scheels Invitational tournament. The Jays went 2-2 on Saturday, falling 2-1 to a stout Class AA South Dakota team in the third-place pairing. "Overall, we felt really good about finishing fourth," Jamestown coach Sara Hegerle said. "We got better this weekend and that's the goal."
Jamestown High School can be proud of its effort on the pitch Saturday in Mandan. Making its first ever appearance in the championship match of the West Region soccer tournament, the Blue Jays battled toe-to-toe with conference unbeaten Bismarck Century. The Patriots wound up slipping past the Jays 2-0 in the end, but Jamestown coach Mark Sherfy said his players got back on the bus with their heads held high.
A solid team effort led the way for the Blue Jay volleyball team on Friday in Fargo. Jamestown High School swept to three straight victories during the opening day of the Scheels Invitational, and they did it without one of the team's leading outside hitters. Jamestown junior McKayla Kurtz was under the weather and out of action, but the Blue Jays were still able to take down Central Cass, Fargo North and Bismarck.
Jamestown High School's Alyssa Ukestad didn't feel right at the service line on Tuesday in Bismarck. The Blue Jays swept St. Mary's 3-0 that evening, but the junior defensive specialist left the gym knowing she had to work harder on what Jamestown is counting on her to provide. It's the type of attitude of which role models are made. "After practice (Wednesday) we sat for 45 minutes and worked on her serve," Jamestown coach Sara Hegerle said. "I video taped her, and we went through the video and talked a little bit about her toss and her contact with the ball.
Jamestown was behind the eight ball right off the bat on Thursday in Grand Forks. The Blue Jay boys started the state team dual tennis tournament by facing top-seeded and perennial powerhouse Grand Forks Red River. The Roughriders topped Jamestown 5-0, and Williston later brought Jamestown's team tournament to a halt with a 4-1 victory over the Jays. "We knew Red River would be tough, and I thought we played all right," Jamestown coach Jordan Koushkouski said. "We thought Williston could be a doable match, but we just ended up on the short end a little there."
Carrington has been a runaway freight train in Class B volleyball this season. Barreling down the tracks at a perfect 20-0, the fully-loaded Cardinals are one of just two undefeated teams left in the state. The other is Region 3 rival Medina-Pingree-Buchanan (16-0), a team the Cardinals will likely collide with on Saturday while hosting the Carrington Tournament. Both teams have lost just two sets total to this point.
Nicole Warren brings more than just All-American defense to University of Jamestown's back row. It all started at the service line for the standout senior libero, and that's something the Oakes, N.D. native takes to heart. Warren served up four consecutive aces early in the first set on Wednesday at the Hansen Center. The flurry set the tone for the Jimmies in a 3-0 sweep over the visiting Dickinson State University Blue Hawks.
Pride was on the line for the Blue Jays on Tuesday at Rotary Field. Having already locked up second place in the West Region standings, Jamestown High School could have easily lifted its foot off the gas pedal in its final regular season match against visiting Bismarck Legacy. But the Blue Jays' top-rate defense this fall knows no quit. Jamestown derailed the Sabers 1-0, shutting out an opponent for the sixth time this season. "This was our senior night," Blue Jay senior left back Colton Altringer said. "We did not want to lose."