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Jamestown High School's nine soccer seniors walked off the field Friday having left an indelible mark on the program. Adam Reiten, Cohl Hatch, Braden Sherfy, Jackson Saxberg, Colton Altringer, Beau Waldock, Justin Briss, Alex Bennett and Levi Donegan-Wahl—all starters—began helping transform a bottom-of-the-table program as underclassmen, and then guided it to new heights.
FARGO—Jamestown High School hadn't taken an opponent to penalty kicks all season. But on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the state soccer tournament, a team that further proved how far they've come went the distance with Fargo South. The Bruins were able to escape the Blue Jays 4-2 in a shootout at Fargo Shanley's Sid Cichy Stadium, sending South into today's semifinals with a 2-1 match victory over Jamestown.
The Blue Jays weren't exactly happy following Tuesday's five-game home loss to Bismarck High on the volleyball court. Jamestown let a little frustration fly against the West Region's top team on Thursday in Bismarck. The Blue Jays fired in eight ace serves and upset Bismarck Legacy 3-1, bringing the Sabers' nine consecutive conference victories to start the season to a halt. "When our kids compete like we know they can, anything is possible," Jamestown coach Sara Hegerle said. "It was one of the most satisfying wins I've had as a coach.
There was a time when Jamestown High School boys soccer was little more than a win on somebody else's schedule. Senior Braden Sherfy said the experience could sometimes border on embarrassing. The all-state midfielder has been a regular in the Blue Jays' lineup since his freshman season. "We used to step on the field just hoping we wouldn't get beat too terribly bad," Sherfy said. "Now we're actually going to state, and it's kind of crazy to think about how far we've come."
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.