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Morgan Hensch stepped up at the right time for the Jimmies on Friday at the Hansen Center. On a night the University of Jamestown struggled with its attack, the junior outside hitter came up with a pair of clutch plays at the net in the fourth set against Waldorf University, sending the fans home happy. Her key block against Waldorf's Megan Perkins tied the set at 23-all, and shortly thereafter the Fergus Falls product hammered down her ninth kill of the match to help the Jimmies win the set 26-24 and the match 3-1.
Lyn Lamb wasn't supposed to be behind the wheel during Thursday's opening night of the Stock Car Stampede. Be that as it may, a case of the flu put the 47-year-old veteran driver from Lisbon into the driver's seat, where he would arguably win the most memorable race of his career. Piloting a car owned by Carl Kielb of Lisbon, Lamb took the first checkered flag of the 45th annual Stampede, driving from fourth to first to capture the 20-lap Central Dakota Pure Stock feature.
Mitch Johnson's legendary late model career came full circle in 2013 at Jamestown Speedway. A career that had spanned 37 years and saw approximately 250 feature races won ended at the Stock Car Stampede—an event the Hickson, N.D. driver dominated since the 1980s. "The place just fit my driving style," Johnson said. "And, the drivers who were there were the drivers you wanted to beat." Johnson retired from racing at the age of 55, and his final ride here wasn't perfect. It was, however, fitting.
Dennis Qual took a pickup three years removed from the showroom floor and brought it out to Jamestown Speedway. The year was 1977. "I put a push bumper on my own '74 Dodge pickup and used that as a push truck, because they didn't have a wrecker," Qual said. "I just volunteered to come out here and help, and now I've been here 39 years." This week's 45th annual Stock Car Stampede would have been the 40th witnessed by Qual, had it not been for 1986's complete rainout.
Bismarck Century entered Tuesday's high school volleyball match at Jamestown having yet to drop a set in West Region play this season. The defending Class A state champions left Jamestown with the streak still intact. Century's senior all-state outside hitter Regan Dennis posted match highs of 15 kills and 20 digs, and the conference-leading Patriots cruised over the Blue Jays 25-13, 25-22, 27-25. "I think we were really excited for this one," Dennis said. "We knew it was going to be a tight one, and I'm glad we pulled through together."
Kaitlin Mullowney plans on wearing out the putting green in practice next week. The Jamestown High School junior golfer has been flirting with a score under 80 all season, and her putter stole one on Friday in Dickinson. Mullowney lined up 39 putts during the Dickinson Invitational at Heart River Golf Course, but still posted a career best finish individually. Mullowney placed second—one shot off medalist honors—firing an 81 and helping the Blue Jays essentially tie for fifth with Bismarck Century.
Megan Gaffaney wanted to be an outside hitter in high school. But 2,000 assists later, it's hard to imagine what would have happened had Blue Jay coach Sara Hegerle not persuaded her otherwise. "I actually didn't want to be a setter," Gaffaney admitted. "I guess Sara saw something." The Jamestown High school junior captain needed just six assists entering Friday's home match against Dickinson to reach the 2,000 plateau. She finished with 20, helping the Blue Jays sweep the Midgets 3-0.
Taylor Bradley had one of Jamestown High School's oldest girls swimming records within reach coming into this season. Following Thursday's home dual against Fargo South, the standout sophomore is now left to chase her own mark in the 100-yard breaststroke. Bradley touched in 1 minute, 9.87 seconds, besting Emily Ament's previous school-record time of 1:10.00, which in the end helped the Blue Jays top the Bruins 106-80. Ament's time had been tops on the Blue Jays' wall of records since 1996. "It took me a little while to realize it," Bradley said. "But I was so happy."
The gauntlet had been tossed at the Jamestown High School boys soccer team in the month of September. Coming out ahead after a six-match West Region road trip would be a tall order for any team. But now three matches in, the Blue Jays are a perfect 3-0. Jamestown took down Bismarck Legacy 1-0 on Thursday at the Bismarck Community Bowl, running its current winning streak to four games. The Blue Jays also improved to 4-2 in the West to take over sole possession of third in the region. The Blue Jays hope the successful march continues on Saturday in Minot.
Jamestown junior defender Lukas Roseanu and freshman midfielder Jaden Christ won't soon forget Tuesday's high school soccer match at Mandan. Both scored their first varsity goals, helping Jamestown upend the Braves 6-1 at Dacotah Centennial Park. "That was cool to see," Jamestown coach Mark Sherfy said. "We got contributions from a number of different guys—five guys scored—and it was a great accomplishment for those two to get their first varsity goals."