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Jamestown High School would normally point to moral victories following a match against Bismarck Century in girls soccer. That didn't happen on Thursday night at Rotary Field. Jamestown senior midfielder Maggie Ridley opened the scoring in the 28th minute, and the Blue Jays soared 3-0 over the Patriots. It was Ridley's first action of the season for Jamestown. "We work a lot in practice, so I still felt good and conditioned," Ridley said. "It was really awesome to score that goal and help the team. The monkey's off our back now."
In baseball terms, Jamestown High School's Genna Bruns struck out swinging Tuesday night at Rotary Field. The Blue Jay senior center back swung her right leg and whiffed on a beautiful corner kick to the back of the goal area from junior midfielder Megan Gaffaney in the first half of Jamestown's 1-0 victory over visiting Bismarck St. Mary's. A connection would have easily given Jamestown a 2-0 lead before halftime. "Yeah, that wasn't my best judgement," Bruns laughed. "I just missed it."
Jamestown High School has arguably never began a more anticipated season of girls soccer. Coach Mike Schulz and the Blue Jays plan to enjoy it. The ride starts tonight at Rotary Field hosting Minot at 7:30. "I've coached these girls for a long time, and now on the sidelines it's kind of a joy to just watch them go out there and do their thing," Schulz said. "If you haven't watched a (Blue Jay girls) soccer game before this year, this is the team to come out and see."
Thursday's softball doubleheader at Trapper Field didn't go the way Jamestown High School had hoped. The Blue Jays were swept by visiting Minot, a team they beat three times last year in the regular season, by the scores of 4-2 and 11-5. But that doesn't mean coach Mike Soulis and the Jays have lost any optimism. Minot has gotten off to a hot 3-1 start, also earning a split against defending West Region champion Dickinson.
Mariah Wick's all-state slap hitting and speed were on full display Saturday at Trapper Field. The Blue Jay senior leadoff hitter recorded seven singles in eight official at-bats during Jamestown High School's softball doubleheader against Minot Bishop Ryan. Wick also walked twice, scored seven runs and drove in three more, helping the Jays dominate 17-3 after falling 9-7 in the opener.
Sydney Soulis has been calling games behind the plate for Jamestown High School since her freshman season. Her veteran leadership helped guide a pair of young Blue Jay pitchers to their first career varsity fastpitch softball wins on Friday at Trapper Field. The junior catcher worked freshman Alex Nihill and eighth-grader Payton Gall through nine innings of combined work, as the Blue Jays opened the season with two wins over Williston. Jamestown topped the Coyotes 10-0 and 22-3. Both games ended after five innings.
Blue Jay softball coach Mike Soulis will be looking for a few players to prove themselves this spring. Entering the program's sixth season, Jamestown High School has witnessed success while outgrowing its infancy. It will now look within its ranks to try and reload after a program-best 19 wins and a second consecutive trip to the Class A state softball tournament in 2016.
MINOT—Aanen Moody shattered North Dakota's Class A scoring record this season. On Saturday, the Dickinson standout added the title of Mr. Basketball to his resume. Moody convincingly became the 35th recipient of the award, which is presented annually to the top senior player in the state by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. The 6-foot-3 guard received 16 of 24 first-place votes and 91 total points. Moody was one of seven finalists and became the second Dickinson player to earn the award.
It's been two years since sprint cars have turned circles at Jamestown Speedway. That streak will end on June 10, when the Northern Outlaw Sprint Association is scheduled to be back in Jamestown. The date is just one in a loaded, 17-night 2017 schedule released by the speedway. The track's annual test and tune commences April 29th, with opening night to follow on May 6.
Bailey Lamp wasn't sure if continuing to play basketball would be possible. The Jamestown High School senior tore the ACL, MCL and meniscus in her right knee during the Blue Jays' first home volleyball match on Aug. 30. It appeared Lamp might have played her final game of any kind in a Blue Jay jersey that night. But after successful surgery and months of physical therapy, she returned to the court in February and finished her high school basketball career by playing in Jamestown's final nine games.