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The 2015 national IMCA Modifieds Rookie of the Year impressed at Jamestown Speedway on Saturday. Rob VanMil, of Barnesville, Minn., started the 20-lap IMCA Modifieds feature on the outside of the front row, and he'd lead every lap en route to his first win in Jamestown since piloting a WISSOTA B-mod to victory here in 2014. The speedway attracted 30 IMCA Modifieds on Saturday, part of 113 total cars and drivers.
A four-game homestand to end the season didn't go as intended for Jamestown High School. The Blue Jay softball team was swept by Minot 12-4 and 6-0 at Trapper Field on Friday, one day after Bismarck Century came to town and took a pair. But coach Mike Soulis is keeping things in perspective.
Bismarck Century took care of business against the Blue Jays at Trapper Field on Thursday. The Patriots finished their regular season by locking up the second seed for the upcoming West Region softball tournament with a 5-2 and 12-2 sweep of Jamestown. It was Century's 25th and 26th victories of the spring. Nobody will catch the No. 1 Dickinson Midgets (27-2, 22-2), who wrap up the season against Minot Bishop Ryan today. The West Region tournament begins with play-in games next Thursday in Minot.
Jamison Mutschler's young motocross career has so far been one wild ride. The 8-year-old from Valley City has gone from breaking his leg to winning a crazy race on the national stage in Las Vegas, and it's all happened since the calendar flipped to 2016. The story began when Mutschler was selected to participate in this year's KTM Junior Supercross Challenge (KJSC). The KJSC is a round of 10 races that are held across the nation in conjunction with the touring Monster Energy AMA Supercross series.
It was a night of firsts for Ryan Mikkelson and the Red Headed Rebel Race Team at Jamestown Speedway on Saturday. The Jamestown native topped a field of 25 cars and will be remembered as the man who won opening night of the inaugural season of IMCA Modifieds at the track. But more personal goals were also able to be crossed off the 25-year-old driver's list.
Jamestown senior Jadee Lange has an attitude coaches love to have in a player. Her average (.441) and on-base percentage (.505) is near the top of the list for the 17-11 Blue Jay softball team. The Jays swept the visiting Mandan Braves 20-1 and 12-7 at Trapper Field on Saturday, and a bases-clearing double by Lange in game 2 was a big reason why. Trailing 6-3 in the bottom of the fifth, Lange squared one up to left field and scored Mariah Wick, Brooke Krapp and Olivia Nihill to tie the game at six-all. The pendulum had swung.
Seven-thousandths of a second and thirty-three-hundredths. Those were the margins of victory in the WISSOTA classes during Jamestown Speedway's opening night on Saturday. Edgeley's Eric Edwards edged Minot's Zach Dockter by .007 seconds in the 20-lap WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature, and Rory Opp continued his Jamestown dominance in the Street Stocks by beating Justin Vogel, of Brooten, Minn., to the line by .033 in their 20-lap main event.
A solid effort on Thursday has put the Jimmie women into the lead of the North Star Athletic Association outdoor track and field championships being held at Waldorf University in Forest City, Iowa. The University of Jamestown has won three of the first six events, which includes setting a new conference meet record time in the 3,200-meter relay, and is currently resting at 55 total points, just ahead of Viterbo University (50) and Dickinson State University (33). The meet concludes today at Waldorf's Beebe Track.
Dwight Wegner has witnessed 40 years of racing evolve from the driver's seat at Jamestown Speedway. The veteran wheelman will contribute more to that history on Saturday when the track kicks off an entire season of sanctioned IMCA Modifieds for the first time. This year's season opener formally ends a 28-year run of WISSOTA Modifieds at the quarter-mile, high-banked dirt oval. IMCA Modifieds have replaced the WISSOTA A-mods moving forward, which had been the speedway's weekly main attraction since the 1988 season.
The Jimmies' softball season is on the line today at noon in South Dakota. After splitting a pair of contests during Friday's opening day of the double-elimination North Star Athletic Association tournament being held at Aberdeen's Players Softball Complex, the University of Jamestown (33-14) needs a win today over Waldorf (18-28) to keep its season alive. A win over the Warriors would send the Jimmies to face Valley City State (38-11) in semifinal action this afternoon at 2.