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The pinnacle event of North Dakota high school cross country descends Saturday upon Jamestown's Parkhurst Recreation Area. Blue Jay coach Ken Gardner said the 5,000-meter course is ready. The girls and boys state cross country meets begin with the Class B boys up first at 11 a.m. "We're getting things in shape for Saturday," Gardner said Thursday. "Hopefully all the athletes have a good meet and it all runs smoothly."
Jon Schiele is excited to be talking playoff football. The head coach of Ellendale-Edgeley-Kulm and the Thunder are headed to Saturday's opening round of the Class A state playoffs for the first time in the co-op's four-year history. E-E-K (6-2) hosts two-time defending state champion Park River-Fordville-Lankin (6-2) tomorrow at 2 p.m. in Kulm. "As a coaching staff, we looked at this week's matchup and it's almost like playing a mirror-image of ourselves," Schiele said. " What it's going to come down to on Saturday is who's going to be the sharpest team."
Wednesday's game-time temperature at Jimmie Soccer Field was about as chilly as it gets in southern Brazil. But that didn't faze University of Jamestown's Henrique Lucena-Pires. The junior midfielder from Porto Alegre, Brazil scored the go-ahead goal early in the second half to help the Jimmies open the flood gates in a 4-1 win over visiting University of Mary.
Dustin Strand shook his head and smiled in victory lane on Saturday at Jamestown Speedway. The 2016 WISSOTA Late Model national champion had just won the Stock Car Stampede for a second straight year, putting the 33-year-old Grand Forks driver only seven wins shy of Mitch Johnson's career record of nine victories at the storied Stampede. "That's a pretty unbelievable feat right there," Strand laughed, as Johnson and all the past winners of the Stampede were recognized at the track on Saturday. "I don't think we'd maybe accomplish that.
Jonny Carter and Royce Jawaski put on a show during the 45th annual Stock Car Stampede on Saturday at Jamestown Speedway. Carter was able to hold off Jawaski through four restarts during the 20-lap WISSOTA Street Stock main event, capturing victory in the Stampede for a second consecutive year. "There ain't words to express what this is like," Carter said in victory lane. "This race is so prestigious around this area. "To (win) it twice in a row? I don't know what to tell you."
Royce Jawaski hadn't been in his WISSOTA Street Stock in over a month. But racing cars is kind of like riding bikes for veterans returning to complete the 45th running of the Jamestown Speedway Stock Car Stampede. Jawaski won the second of four heat races on Friday, punching his ticket into today's feature races. The Stampede roars back to life tonight at 5 p.m. "I got a shot at it, but everyone's got a shot at it," Jawaski said. "The car seemed pretty good. I didn't know what we had under it, because I haven't been in it since Grand Forks."
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."