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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.
BISMARCK—Bismarck Century's Hannah Richter punched a goal into the net just two minutes into Thursday's West Region soccer match at Bismarck Athletic Complex. It was the first time the Jamestown Blue Jays had trailed all season. "My heart kinda dropped," Jamestown's Emily Reiten said. "Just the fact that we've only let in three other goals all season. We knew it was going to be a tough game after that."
A workmanlike approach underscored Jamestown High School girls soccer practice on Wednesday at Heil Field. Sure, a few smiles were found mixing with banter over Tuesday's latest triumph—a 3-1 victory at Bismarck St. Mary's. But the fact that the Blue Jays currently own the state's best record wasn't easily noticeable. A perfect 10-0-0 for the first time in program history, the business-as-usual vibe was almost uncanny.
The Jamestown High School softball team swept Mandan for a second time this season on Tuesday at Trapper Field. Jamestown rolled 14-3 and 10-0. The home team earned 19 walks at the plate in the opener, which ended with an Ella Roaldson walk-off, three-run homer to left field in the bottom of the sixth inning. "We were patient and when we did get hittable pitches we hit the ball hard and scored some runs," Soulis said. "Ella's been hitting the ball well, and if you can hit you'll find yourself in the lineup."
Jamestown High School's girls soccer team keeps bowling through its West Region road trip. Emily Reiten scored her fifth consecutive goal to give the Jays an early 1-0 lead on Tuesday at Bismarck St. Mary's. Jamestown cruised to a 3-1 victory, and is still the only team in the state with an unblemished record (10-0-0). Ligia Schulz tallied her first goal of the season, and Ashlyn Schauer buried her second of the spring into the netting. Megan Gaffaney picked up two assists, upping her team lead in helpers to eight.
Emily Reiten was in top form on Saturday in Mandan. The senior striker's hat trick led Jamestown High School past the Braves 3-0 in girls soccer. The Blue Jays improved to 9-0 overall and travel to face Bismarck St. Mary's (4-3-1) on Tuesday. Reiten's first two tallies were both assisted by senior Ligia Schulz. Her third score, and seventh overall this season, came via a second-half penalty kick. Jamestown notched its seventh shutout in nine matches. The Jays and senior goalie Haley Hillstrom have allowed just two goals all spring.
Lucas Rodin couldn't have asked for a better start to the season. Two nights under the lights have produced two victories for the Marion, N.D., man known as The Nightmare. Rodin pedaled his WISSOTA Midwest Modified to victory in Fergus Falls, Minn., on Friday, and on Saturday he captured the IMCA Modifieds checkered flag during Jamestown Speedway's season opener. It was only Rodin's third full night of A-mod racing.